The United States Department of Justice has a brand new boogeyman within the struggle in opposition to the opioid epidemic embracing the nation.
A press launch from the Justice Department says the arrest of a SoundCloud rapper led the division “into the underbelly of emo rap and its glorification of opioid use.”
Michael Jones, higher generally known as the rapper New Jersey Devil, was not too long ago arrested and charged with distributing heroin and fentanyl that resulted within the dying of a 29-year-old lady final December. TMZ’s preliminary protection of the occasion sparked the DoJ’s investigation into Diana Haikova’s dying.
“This investigation led us into the underbelly of emo rap and its glorification of opioid use,” said DEA Special Agent James J. Hunt. ”
Today, a workforce of DEA brokers and NYPD Detectives arrested Michael Jones, generally known as the ‘realnewjerzeydevil’ for allegedly distributing a deadly dose of fentanyl blended with heroin. Behind each deadly overdose is a sufferer whose dying turns into a catalyst for elevating consciousness of the risks of opioid misuse. The DEA extends condolences to the sufferer’s household and reemphasizes our dedication to bringing drug sellers to justice to face the results of their crimes.”
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TMZ linked Jones to the GothBoiClique, of which Lil Peep was additionally a member. Lil Peep died final November from an overdose of fentanyl and Xanax (amongst different suspected substances). TMZ reported that Jones gave Haikova the medication that killed her whereas partying with associates of Lil Peep.
Several of Jones’ representatives reached out to TMZ to say that he has by no means been a member of GothBoiClique and that “any statements on the contrary are 100% false.”
Jones’ indictment says the rapper continued to distribute narcotics round Manhattan after Haikova’s dying. If convicted of those expenses, Jones may face a most sentence of life in jail and a compulsory minimal sentence of 20 years in jail.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has estimated that deadly opioid overdoses have risen to 50,00Zero a yr in 2017.
Hunt didn’t elaborate on his assertion that blamed emo rap for the glorification of opioid use. Of course, drug use has been promoted in songs for many years — from Eric Clapton’s ‘Cocaine’ to Lana Del Rey’s ‘High By the Beach’ — although SoundCloud rap is now getting probably the most consideration from the feds.