Deejay 'Flippa Mafia' and his brother Kemar Davis were among 15 people indicted by a state grand jury on Friday in connection with an international drug ring that used the postal service and other delivery services to ship cocaine from California to New Jersey.
According to The Times of Trenton, authorities say the drug ring was run by Flippa Mafia, whose given name is Andrew Davis, and his brother.
The investigation that led to these indictments, “Operation Next Day Air”, The Times of Trenton reports, began in March 2011 and uncovered that Flippa Mafia and his brother were leading the large-scale operation from various locations in Jamaica and New Jersey, the state Attorney General’s Office said on Friday.
The scheme was discovered after authorities intercepted a shipment from a mail facility in Evesham allegedly destined for Flippa Mafia and Marsha Bernard of Cherry Hill, The Times of Trenton reports.
“When detectives intercepted eight kilos of cocaine at the start of this investigation, they didn’t jump to make arrests and tout a major drug seizure,” said Elie Honig, director of the state Division of Criminal Justice. “Instead, they stepped back and built a far-reaching case that took down all of the key players in this drug syndicate.”
The Times of Trenton also reports that according to authorities, more than 26 kilogrammes of cocaine, worth approximately US$780,000, two handguns and US$600,000 cash were seized as part of the operation.
The state Attorney General’s Office will prosecute those indicted.
The newspaper also reports that according to the office, Flippa Mafia and his brother face first-degree charges of leading a narcotics trafficking network. If convicted, both men could face sentences of 25 years to life in prison.
The other defendants in this case face charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine and money laundering.