Former Rapper Loon Gets 14 Years For Drug Charges, Explains Case
Former Bad Boy rapper Loon was reportedly sentenced to 14 years in prison this week, for his role in a drug trafficking ring he was allegedly involved in in the mid-2000s.
According to reports, the rapper (now known as Amir Junaid Muhadith) was sentenced Tuesday (July 16) on a drug distribution charges, after being jailed in a Brussels detention center since late 2011.
Loon spoke of the incident, via a recent interview by SalafiEvents, claiming had a very minute involvement in the alleged drug accusations by the Feds, and was forced into accepting larger responsibility or face a life sentence.
"In 2008, some individuals had crossed my path who were interested, at one point, about the music business. These individuals called me about something that was totally away from the life I was living," he explained. "The fact that I responded to these individuals placed me under the umbrella of conspiracy.
"Because of the way the United States government works, they used the information of the informant and put together an elaborate story to make it look like I had a leadership role."
The former rapper was accused of "knowingly and intentionally" possessing with intent to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin in North Carolina from early 2006 to late 2008. He was initially arrested and indicted for felony heroin distribution back in late May 2011, but fled to Algeria after being released from jail.
The last news we heard was that he was being held in a Belgium jail, while U.S. authorities tried to have him extradicted to face the charges.
Loon is best known for his guest feature on Diddy's 2002 hit single, "I Need a Girl (Part One)", and its remix. He began his rap career as a member of Mase's Harlem World group. In 2003, the Harlem rapper released his solo, self-titled debut ... after which, his career began to fade. He eventually left Bad Boy and went on to release two more albums via independent labels.
Loon was previously arrested in 2004, and charged with attempted murder after a security guard was stabbed during a fight in a Los Angeles club. However, he was not convicted in the incident.