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Flippa still in US lock-up on Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:04 pm



Flippa Mafia
Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

The 'Flossing King', deejay Flippa Mafia, is still in custody in the United States.

The deejay, real name Andrew Davis, has been charged with violating the United States Immigration law and is facing possible deportation.

When contacted yesterday, Nicole Navas public affairs specialist/spokesperson U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that the deejay is now in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department. Navas was tight-lipped about the matter, however, and would not disclose further information.

In a previous interview published in THE STAR on April 9, Navas had said that; "Andrew Davis is still in federal custody with U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He has been charged with being in violation of U.S. Immigration law and faces immigration removal proceedings."

Flippa is alleged to have attempted to enter the United States on a boat from the Bahamas with the assistance of two men in March. The deejay was arrested on March 16 and was being held as a prosecution witness against the men, Julio Santiesteban and Armando Amat, who are charged with encouraging and inducing an alien to enter or reside in the United States.

a material witness

Flippa Mafia, who is known for songs such as Dem Yah and Unfinished House, appeared before the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida on April 2. Shortly after appearing in court he was dismissed as a material witness.

THE WEEKEND STAR last week published a summary of the case against Davis and two other men which was compiled from an affidavit sworn by Matthew Parker, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, United States ICE.

According to Special Agent Parker in the affidavit, Davis knew he had no current legal immigration status in the U.S., knowing he would not be able to lawfully re-enter the United States. The affidavit further stated that in March, Davis flew from Jamaica to The Bahamas in order to see some friends and find a way to be smuggled into the United States.

While in The Bahamas, Davis allegedly met with a friend who agreed to smuggle him into the U.S. The friend then introduced Davis to two Cubans, Santiesteban and Amat, who had arrived to pick up a load of Chinese people that never arrived. Davis reportedly paid US$3,000 (J$270,000) for passage to the United States.

The money was reportedly accepted and on March 15 an attempt was allegedly being made to transport Davis to United States on the boat. The United States Coast Guard intercepted the vessel, however, and conducted a search. Upon boarding the vessel, Parker said that the Coast Guard found Santiesteban and Amat, and during a search later found one unaccounted person (Davis) laying down in the cabin of the vessel. The men were taken in for questioning.

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