A 27 years old man, identified as Harrison Garcia also known as Cuban Harry, from Miami, accused of supplying painkiller-spiked soda drinks to Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown and other Hip Hop artists has been reportedly sentenced to 30 years in prison.
According to report, a federal high judge sentenced Garcia, to prison on Friday, after jurors convicted him of armed drug trafficking in April.
U.S. Judge Patricia Seitz stating that Garcia’s crimes were serious against the backdrop of a national drug epidemic that “dehumanizes and enslaves” addicts, said;
“It is the kind of conduct that is very much a scourge on our community”.
After Garcia was sentenced, he said.
“I want to briefly apologize to my parents and your honor”. “Hopefully, I learn from this.”
Garcia was believed by the feds to have supplied South Florida’s hip-hop scene with the potent drink known as “lean” while jet setting around the world with singer Chris Brown and shooting rap videos with Lil’ Wayne. Federal agents say Garcia was a big supplier of “lean,” or “sizzurp,” a powerful brew of soda and prescription-strength syrup of promethazine with codeine.
Different types of the “lean” drink have been popular in the hip-hop industry and songs over the past decade, with rappers such as Lil’ Wayne, Young Thug and Future dropping odes to the concoction. They are also always seen sipping from white styrofoam cups or others types of cups while they shoot their music videos, travel, perform on stage or just walk on the streets.
Garcia’s Instagram page – which has over 30,000 followers – showed off a rap-video lifestyle; he proudly showed off gold chains and wads of cash, jewel-encrusted teeth and many tattoos, including one of the fictional drug kingpin Scarface wielding an assault rifle.
He was never subtle about his love of lean. He called himself “Muhammad_a_Lean” and the “CEO of Purple Drank,”. He has a diamond-encrusted pendant of a styrofoam cup and posted many photos of soda and cough syrup on IG page.
Garcia insisted he was nothing more than a junkie, not a dealer, who tried to play the part of dope peddler on social media to build street cred for his hip-hop career. “I had an image to portray, to boost up my followers,” Garcia testified at a pre-trial hearing in January. “I guess it’s just the music industry.”
Over four days of testimony at his April trial, jurors heard that Garcia admitted he sold “large amounts of narcotics” to rapper Lil Wayne, and received a $15,000 payment from singer Chris Brown for drugs, including lean.
Jurors viewed undercover videos of two drug deals Garcia allegedly completed with two confidential informants posing as buyers. They also saw a slew of Instagram photos of Garcia showing off an arsenal of guns, five of which were seized by U.S. Homeland Security Investigation agents.
Garcia, whose lawyer, Gus Lage, said his team will appeal the sentence is also facing state racketeering charges in Broward, where authorities say he paid a crew of young men to bust into dozens of Walgreens and CVS stores to steal the pricey bottles of promethazine with codeine syrup.