9 held in international drug bust
WEST TRENTON The New Jersey State Police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration have arrested nine people, including two Cherry Hill residents and a Jamaican dancehall artist, in connection with an international drug trafficking ring, officials announced Thursday. The investigation, "Operation Next Day Air," began in March 2011 when the Camden High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Burlington County Prosecutor's Office seized two packages from a Marlton mail facility destined for the ring leader and an accomplice.
Andrew Davis, 34, of Kingston, Jamaica, known in the Reggae music business as "Flippa Mafia," allegedly directed the international shipping operation from Jamaica, California, and New Jersey, officials said. His brother, Kemar Davis, 22, of Hollywood, Calif., took over when Andrew returned to Jamaica in 2012.
Andrew Davis was arrested on Sept. 16 in California and extradited to New Jersey last week. On March 15, authorities arrested suspects in Mount Laurel and Cherry Hill. Cherry Hill residents Marsha Bernard, 28, who was among those who received the shipments for distribution in New Jersey, and Sidonie McLeod, 28, face drug and conspiracy charges. Kemar Davis was arrested in California that day.
In all, detectives seized more than 26 kilograms of cocaine, worth about $780,000, two handguns, and more than $600,000 in cash. Authorities declined to reveal how the suspects transported the drugs. Bail for the defendants mostly range from $250,000 to $500,000.
- Darran Simon