Damion World Hardy, alleged Brooklyn Drug Kingpin who was the leader of the Cash Money Brothers will finally stand trial for charges brought against him in July 2005.
World has been in solitary confinement for the majority of the ten years he has been in jail awaiting trial. In 2007 he was declared incompetent to stand trial by a judge and an order was issued stating he could not be medicated involuntarily. But in 2011, officials violated this order and forcibly medicated “World” in an attempt to make him competent enough to stand trial.
World has recently reached out to Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown trying to get them to give him the money to hire super-lawyer Benjamin Brafman. With or without Brafman, World’s federal trial will begin next week.
On August 15, 2004, Damion “World” Hardy arrived at New York’s JFK Airport on an international ﬂight from Iraq after a four-month religious pilgrimage. Little did he know as he stepped off the plane, it could quite possible be his last day in the free world.
No sooner had he exited the plane than “World”—who was said to be traveling on a bogus passport—was ambushed and arrested by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and various other government agencies.
“I am the Christ. I am the Messiah,” Hardy ranted in his first court appearance following his arrest. “Do not be the one to go against the law; adhere to the law’s command before I give you warning. A day that is drawing near, a day of grief and regrets—boiling water will be poured over your heads.”
Nearly a year later, on July 19, 2005, Roslynn Mauskopf, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced federal racketeering and narcotics charges had been filed against Damion “World” Hardy and 12 members and associates of the Cash Money Brothers (CMB) gang including: Eric “Ebay” Moore, Dwayne “Thor” Myers, James “Popsie” Sessoms, Kenwayne “Stro” Jones, Robert “Troub” Footman, Carl “Big Jim” Davis, James “Jimbo” Farrior, Lamont “Sambo” Johnson, Zareh “Puff” Sarkissian, Abubakr Raheem, DJebara “DJ” McMillian, and Isheen “Sha” Campbell. The men were all part of a violent Brooklyn street gang that was allegedly responsible for five murders, widespread crack distribution, the attempted murder of a witness, the kidnapping and attempted robbery of a drug dealer, assault, and illegal firearms possession.
Read Don Diva’s exclusive interview with World in Issue 51.