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Chris Brown and Lil Wayne Targeted in Federal Drug Investigation

Chris Brown and Lil Wayne Targeted in Federal Drug Investigation

Author: Shernide Delva 

Chris Brown and Lil Wayne are in hot water after both artists were alleged to have incriminating text messages.  Both were named in a federal drug investigation of music producer Harrison “Cuban Harry” Garcia, who stands accused of dealing cough syrup and other narcotics.

Garcia allegedly sent incriminating texts that have implicated himself, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne in drug dealing.  Authorities presented screenshots from Garcia to one of Lil Wayne’s underlings that reference a marijuana deal:

“I’ll shoot u some trees… It’s for Wayne.”

Garcia also admitted to police that he sold “a lot of narcotics” to Wayne.

Garcia has texts sent to a female friend in which he brags about receiving a bank wire for $15,000 from a “Christopher Brown,” according to U.S Homeland Security.

“Look who put money my account,” Garcia wrote to his friend. When the friend questioned what the money was for, Garcia responded, “Drugs … lean and sh*t.”

Lean, also known as “sizzurp” or “purple drank” is a cocktail of prescription-strength cough syrup mixed with Sprite or Mountain Dew and Jolly Rancher Candy. It has been popularized for many decades by rappers like Lil Wayne and R&B singer Chris Brown. It also was mentioned in the song ’Sippin on some Sizzurp” by Three 6 Mafia.

Both Lil Wayne and Chris Brown have a history of trouble with this particular drug cocktail. Lil Wayne suffered seizures, and Chris Brown’s associates claim Brown is sipping his way to rock bottom.

On Garcia’s Instagram, there are photos of stacks of cash funds and drugs; this is what initially attracted federal investigators in the first place. Homeland Security agent Geoffrey Goodwin presented the photos to the jury that featured piles of gold jewelry, a pendant featuring purple liquid in a foam cup (usually what lean is slurped from) and teeth grillz that were “somewhat bejeweled.”

“I had an image to portray, to boost up my followers,” Garcia said in court, explaining the photos. “I guess it’s just the music industry.”

Garcia has been caught selling drugs to informants twice and has been arrested for his involvement in pharmacy robberies in Florida. The investigation is still open.

As of today, Garcia’s accounts are now on private. In the past, he was known for posting photos with extravagant cars, guns, and sneakers.


Lean contains codeine, an opiate similar to heroin, OxyContin or Vicodin. For several years ‘gangster rap’ artists have glorified ‘purple drank’ in the lyrics of rap/hip-hop music. However, the danger of the drug remains despite the glorification. Big Moe, a DJ Screw protégé, who rapped excessively about this drink died at age 33 in 2007, after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma.

Possible short-term side effects:

  • hyperthermia
  • increased heart rate
  • seizures
  • slowed breathing
  • slumping over
  • stiff muscles
  • sweating
  • hallucination

Possible long-term side effects:

Codeine is a light narcotic typically used to suppress a cough, but in stronger concentrations, it can suppress breathing or rapidly lower blood pressure. A common sign of narcotic intoxication is small pupils. Codeine is the ingredient that makes lean addiction. Over time, the effects of lean rear off, therefore the quest continues to get high.

How do you feel this case should be handled? Should Chris Brown and Lil Wayne face charges due to these allege incriminating text messages?

One thing for certain is that this “purple drank” is not fun and games. It is a dangerously addictive drug. If you are struggling with any form of substance abuse, please call now. We are waiting for your call.

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In the News: Chris Brown Kicked Out of Rehab and Arrested


In the News: Chris Brown Kicked Out of Rehab and Arrested

Chris Brown was detained on Friday and will be held without bail on a warrant distributed by probation officers in the latest legal predicament for the R&B singer who has fought to put his 2009 attack on Rihanna behind him.

The warrant was issued by the judge supervising Brown’s case after he was educated Friday morning that the singer had been discharged from rehab “for failure to comply with rules and regulations of the program.” No additional particulars were released, but more details will be presented to Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin when Brown appears in his courtroom on Monday afternoon.

Sheriff’s officials said Brown was compliant when he was arrested at a Malibu treatment facility where he had been staying and transported to a jail facility in downtown Los Angeles. Brown had been ordered to stay in rehab for anger management treatment. A January letter from the facility detailed that the singer was also being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and past substance abuse. An email sent to Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos was not instantly returned. A probation spokesperson declined to comment on what provoked Brown’s arrest.

Brown’s probation for the Rihanna attack had been planned to end this year, but a judge withdrew it last year after Brown was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge in Washington, D.C. That case is unresolved. Brandlin disallowed a Los Angeles prosecutor’s appeal to send Brown to jail because of the Washington case, mentioning his progress in rehab. He has ordered Brown to discontinue smoking marijuana and take only approved medicines; the singer has not failed any drug tests since the order was made.

In addition to getting treatment, the singer stayed under stern orders to complete 1,000 hours of community work this year. A probation report dated February 26th indicated that Brown had finished 250 hours and that he was being compliant with probation officials. Brown’s efforts at treatment have not been without problems.

A rehab center where Brown was willingly staying informed Brandlin that the singer tossed a rock through his mother’s window during a dual therapy session in November. The judge then ordered Brown to stay in treatment for another three months and converted that order at a hearing on February 28th. A probation officer questioned Brown for the February report, saying the singer was appreciative to be in rehab and “looks forward to staying out of trouble. He remains thankful to the court for the opportunity to find out and learn more about himself, his anger issues and the type of person he wants to become, which is a man who is able to better himself and be a positive role model,” states the report.

Maybe if at this point Chris Brown still can’t get his act together, he should serve time in jail. After you’ve exhausted so many different options and treatment attempts sometimes the only thing left that may help is some jail time. If he sits in jail for a while maybe it will end up prompting him to change. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


In the News: Rihanna Visits Chris Brown in Rehab

In the News: Rihanna Visits Chris Brown in Rehab

Rihanna covertly visited her distressed ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during his latest stint in a Malibu rehab – instigating his on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran to dump him when she learned of the visit, says a source.

Rihanna flew on a private plane to see Brown at the Malibu rehab center where he is attending a court-ordered stretch in an anger management and drug recovery program, as told by a source to Confidenti@l. Brown arrived at the program in early November and was hit with an added two months by a judge in late February.

Internet gossip has placed Rihanna at Brown’s center in early December, but we’re told that was boloney. In January, a source of Confidenti@l states, she actually did come to at the center, spent a few hours with Brown and then jetted out rapidly, with only a small number of staffers knowing.

“With Chris in rehab, [he] and Karrueche spoke every day and she stood by his side. She took a vacation to Turks and Caicos and told friends the entire time that they were really good and happy together,” a source clarifies to Confidenti@l. “She trusts Chris, but when it comes to Rihanna, she has a zero-tolerance policy. Then she found out about the trip.”

The insider says to Confidenti@l that the back and forth amongst Tran and Rihanna over Brown has initiated Karrueche to loathe Rihanna. When she learned Rihanna had visited Chris, he at first denied it. “She believed him, but he finally admitted that Rihanna had come to see him. She put her foot down and cut him off completely,” states the source to Confidenti@l.

Tran newly tweeted: “Not dating anyone stop w the bs.” She has been jumping from hotel to hotel in Miami and New York for two months and is trying to put Brown out of her mind. She also took a short trip to Los Angeles to model. “She just looked at an apartment in Tribeca to buy,” says the source to Confidenti@l. “She isn’t taking any of Chris’ calls and he keeps calling her.”

The fighting babes’ pathways almost intersected two weeks ago when Rihanna was headed to Griffin in the Meatpacking District and learned Tran was hosting a party there. As for Rihanna andDrake, another ex whom she has been seen with lately, we’re told they’re now “best friends” and have been traveling together.

The pair celebrated at Soixante Dix Neuf nightclub after a Drake concert in Paris last month. They had dinner in Amsterdam on Thursday, and were seen having dinner Saturday at Nobu in London before heading to Powerhouse Studio to jam together. Rihanna’s rep did not respond with a statement. Brown’s rep called the visit a “rumor” and refused to comment.

In my opinion, Chris Brown should probably try to work on himself for awhile and not focus so much on the women in his life. It could be much more beneficial to his recovery and dealing with his issues if he just focuses on himself. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


In the News: Chris Brown Ordered to Rehab for Another Two Months

In the News: Chris Brown Ordered to Rehab for Another Two Months

24-year-old Chris Brown has been ordered back to rehab for another two months, despite the progress he has made. At a hearing on Friday, Los Angeles judge ordered the singer to spend another two months in the Malibu rehabilitation center where he has been dealing with anger management and drug abuse issues. After papers from his anger management program exposed that Brown was suffering from bipolar disorder, PTSD and insomnia, the judge sent the singer back to treatment. Documents from the Malibu rehab program Brown entered diagnose the singer with bipolar disorder, PTSD, and severe insomnia.

Brown originally entered the program in November after an occurrence in which he threw a rock through his mother’s car window. During his stay in rehab, a court on Friday heard, Brown has been a perfect patient. He has gone to six to eight therapy sessions a week and passed drug tests without incident. After two more months of rehab, a judge will decide whether Brown will go to jail for violating the terms of his probation. His legal anguishes began in 2009, after he pled guilty to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Documents from the rehab center showed that Brown’s problems may stem from a diagnosis of a mental disorder. The singer suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar II disorder, and severe insomnia. A letter from the rehab center was submitted that stated: “Our clinical team believes Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and PTSD”.

Brown has been doing well in rehab, and reporting on a regular basis to community service to fulfill the terms of his probation. He will stay in the program until late April. He must also fulfill the 750 outstanding hours of community service, a condition of his probation for his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. To obey the requirement, Brown has been reporting to a highway cleaning crew three days a week. Brown will stay in rehab until his hearing in Washington, D.C., for the supposed assault of a 20-year-old art student is determined. The Los Angeles court will then decide whether he should be imprisoned for probation violations.

Chris Brown’s past of bad boy behavior likely stemmed from fundamental and untreated medical problems. In my opinion, I don’t think Chris Brown should have to go to jail and should just seek treatment and help for his mental health problems and disorders. When it comes to mental health, it should be treated differently and seen as a disease and not just someone having anger problems (even though he does). There are 12-step programs for pretty much everything, and Chris Brown could probably benefit from attending meetings.

He has definitely had a rocky few years between his issues with Rihanna and other violent charges but anyone can change if they are willing to. I just hope that Chris Brown gets the help he needs and is able to keep his life on track. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


In the News: Chris Brown Released from Rehab, Faces Lawsuit

In the News: Chris Brown Released from Rehab, Faces Lawsuit

Chris Brown has been released from residential rehab. A spokesperson for the troubled artist said Thursday that Brown “is continuing his rehab program as an outpatient” and working on community service in the Los Angeles area. Brown publicized on Oct. 30 that he would seek treatment “to gain focus and insight” into his actions. The choice came a day after he was released from jail for allegedly punching a man in Washington, D.C.

Chris Brown is being sued by Parker Adams; who says the rapper criticized him with the words, “I ain’t down with that gay s***” and then beat him and broke his nose. Adams now has a $3 million lawsuit and says he was outside of the W hotel in Washington, D.C. last October when Brown went crazy on him.

This is the same occurrence for which Brown is presently being prosecuted for misdemeanor assault. Brown has denied any transgressions and we’re told he states that Adams was the aggressor, trying to force his way on his tour bus. It was also stated that Adams was trying to force his way into a picture Chris Brown was taking with two of his friends. Adams is suing both Chris Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. Adams requests $1 million from each of them for his wounds, and another $500K from each for disciplinary compensations, to teach them a lesson.

At the time Brown was detained, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on vocalist Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. Brown and Hollosy are both being charged criminally in Washington with misdemeanor assault, and the outcome of the case could have an impact on Brown’s case in California.

Brown went to rehab last year to deal with his anger issues but was allegedly kicked out due to throwing a rock through his mother’s car window. Just last month he was ordered by a judge to spend another 90 days in a treatment facility. In spite of all the court and rehab stretches, Brown released three singles last year. The singer is looking to release his sixth album, titled X, at some point this year.

It seems to me that maybe Chris Brown should take some time away from all the fame and music and really focus on his anger issues and whatever other problems he has going on. To be fully rehabilitated, he’d have to actually spend some time away from the outside world and that doesn’t seem to be what he’s been doing. There are anger management meetings along with emotions anonymous meetings that would probably be effective in helping with the anger.

For me, to focus on my recovery I had to stay in rehab and go to 12-step anonymous meetings. I think the 12-step programs can work for anyone and it would probably be effective at helping Chris Brown look at himself and deal with his issues. Hopefully he has had enough consequences from his anger that he is willing to make some life changes. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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