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Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Jamaican entertainer Andrew Davis, better known as ‘Flippa Modella’, has been arrested by New Jersey State Police on allegations that he led an international drug trafficking and money laundering ring.
Davis’ brother, Kemar Davis, who resides in California, was also among the nine people arrested after a two and a half year investigation that US law enforcement authorities code-named ‘Next Day Air’.
The entertainer’s mugshot and those of his eight alleged accomplices have been posted on the internet.
Flippa was arrested in California nearly three weeks ago.
Investigators have alleged that after his return to Jamaica in 2012, Flippa took over the transnational shipping operation that was sending large quantities of drugs from California to New Jersey.
It is further alleged that after the drugs arrive in New Jersey, a woman, identified as Marsha Bernard, and others, took possession of it and ensure it is distributed throughout the State.
“Bernard, under the direction of the Davis’ brothers, primarily dealt with the customers, most of whom purchased kilograms quantities from the Davis Organization and collected the money from the buyers,” the New Jersey State Police charged in a statement released yesterday.
“Bernard would then handle the drug proceeds as they were sent back to Andrew Davis in Kingston Jamaica and to Kemar Davis in California,” the release continued.
Investigators say the probe was triggered in March 2011 after agents from the Camden High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, along with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office seized two packages from a mail facility in Marlton, New Jersey, that each contained four kilograms of cocaine.
It is alleged that the packages were destined for Flippa and Bernard.