Letters From the Pin
In August of this year, Cuban Harry was sentenced to 30 years. The music producer, born Harrison Garcia, was charged with leading a drug ring, allegedly organizing several pharmacy burglaries across South Florida. The stolen drugs were said to fuel the underground selling of exceptionally strong, addictive cough syrup.
Since hitting the scene in ’90s, promethazine mixed with codeine syrup has earned itself plenty of nicknames. From “purple drank” to “lean” to “sizzurp,” the mixture’s popularity has earned it cameos in hip-hop songs from Drake to Justine Bieber. Lil Wayne, possibly most notably, was linked to the drink after he let the world know that what’s in his cup… is in his cup. “I think people need to mind their own business. I don’t care if it was heroin in my cup. It’s in my cup,” the New Orleans rapper said during an interview with Katie Couric in 2010.
Regardless of what was in Lil Wayne’s cup back in 2010 or what was in his cup in August, he and other celebrities had to have gotten it from somewhere. Following 27-year-old Cuban Harry, Darrish Bernard Martin (AKA Young Bernie), is heading to trail for illegally supplying the substance to celebrities.
Add some Jolly Ranchers in
Allegedly a part of the gang with Cuban Harry, aspiring rapper Young Bernie is denying the charges against him. Using a similar defense as Harry, Bernie is claiming that he is not a seller but merely an addict of the drink. Facing felony charges like racketeering, grand theft of a controlled substance and burglary, the up-and-coming artist swears he never sold it. To plead his case, he wrote a lengthy letter to the News Times in Miami.
“Purple drank, I love it a lot, I actually drank four bottles a day,” Martin wrote. “It makes me feel better than ever. Never did I [sell] bottles, my use only. And four bottles still was not enough.”
He used his letter to detail his addiction and assure readers of his innocence. According to Bernie, he was only named by those caught as a ploy to get time off their sentence. “It’s false stories,” he claimed. “Not one [pharmacy] video can point me out, or any DNA, [or] fingerprint. They really do not have a case.”
Make it sweeter
Throughout the open letter, the young artist insists that prosecutors don’t have a solid case against him. The authorities beg to differ though. According to police, they linked Martin to the string of thefts through tracking devices that were planted on the cough syrup bottles.
The tracking devices reportedly lead authorities to a Buick Regal Bernie was driving. Along with members of the gang confirming Bernie’s participation, authorities also said that they used his social media posts to link him to the stolen bottles. They revealed that they matched the serial numbers from the bottles stolen from a Walgreens in Pembroke Pines to ones pictured on his accounts.
Let Young Bernie tell it though, he is guilty of nothing but being a junkie of the drug. “Perhaps some people say I had a million-dollar drug,” Martin said. “You can put it up with coke and the drank will win. I was buying it all over [and] never cared about the money.”
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