A Jamaican dancehall reggae star was convicted in New Jersey today for his role in an international drug ring that shipped "multiple kilograms" of cocaine from California to New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Andrew K. Davis, also known as "Flippa Mafia," "Flippa Mogella" and "The Flossing King," was found guilty in Camden County Superior Court of first-degree distribution of cocaine, money laundering and related counts.
Davis, a former resident of Swedesboro, N.J., was the alleged mastermind behind the international coke distribution network that included five South Jersey men, two men from Philadelphia, and Davis' two brothers.
His attorney, Robin Lord, of Trenton, described him as "an innocent man who has been wrongfully convicted of conspiring to sell drugs." Davis feels he was denied a fair trial and plans on appealing the conviction, Lord said.
The investigation began in March 2011, when agents from the Camden High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office seized eight kilograms of cocaine from a mail facility in Marlton intended for the reggae star and co-defendent Marsha Bernard, of Cherry Hill.
Bernard, 34, also was convicted of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering,
In the course of the investigation – dubbed "Operation Next Day Air" -- detectives also seized more than 26 kilograms of cocaine, worth nearly $1 million, two handguns, and more than $500,000 in cash.
According to Jamaican reports, Davis claimed the money had been generated by a banquet hall and nightclub in Philadelphia.