If you are a connoisseur of underground hip-hop, you undoubtedly know the name AR-Ab. Throughout the years, Ab has assumed the moniker of the “Top Goon Of Philly” and detailed his life as a goon in various interviews and on social media. Without a doubt, the OBH captain is one of the realest rappers in the game.
Alas, it appears that Ab’s rap maneuvers may be put on hold for the time being after he was named as the leader of a Philadelphia outfit that distributed drugs throughout the city. His government name, Abdul West, appears at the top of a federal indictment, along with eight others. They have been charged with “a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 280 grams or more of crack, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 100 grams or more of heroin.” The indictment also includes “individual charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, and heroin; distribution of methamphetamine; and a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.”
The indictment accuses the nine defendants of operating a drug trafficking network from at least March 2017 through June 2018 around the North Sydenham Street in North Philly, pumping drugs obtained from California and elsewhere. They allegedly copped upscale rental properties in the city using false identities “to prevent detection and protect their drug supply.”
The indictment reads:
On September 11, 2017, the Philadelphia Police Department executed a search warrant at a house owned by West on North Sydenham Street, recovering 62 grams of crack, 229 grams of heroin, and 48 grams of methamphetamine, as well as $8,000 in cash and a handgun. On May 17, 2018, the FBI executed a search warrant at an apartment complex on Christopher Columbus Boulevard, recovering approximately 10 kilograms of cocaine and nearly 6 pounds of methamphetamine, along with $20,000 in cash.
“The charges alleged in the superseding indictment are extremely serious, and if convicted, these defendants are facing major jail time,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “The investigation and prosecution of drug trafficking organizations remains a high priority of this Office and the Department of Justice. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep our streets safe and stop the flow of these deadly drugs into our communities.”
We’ll keep you posted on any new developments.