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Update 10/31/2018: TMZ has learned from AR-AB's manager, Poe-Rilla, that the Philly rapper was denied bail after appearing in court on Tuesday (October 30). No more details were divulged, but we'll keep you updated as more information is available.
Philly rapper AR-AB, real name Abdul West, was indicted with 8 others on federal drug charges. The charges include:
"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 superseding 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 federal agents believe AR-AB to be the leader of the drug trafficking organization claiming that "West is the leader of a local gang, and each of the defendants is a member or associate of the gang." The superseding indictment ranges from March 2017 through June 2018 and is alleging that AR-AB's organization was part of a network that got drugs from California and distributed them in Philadelphia.
U.S. Attorney William McSwain stated, “The charges alleged in the superseding indictment are extremely serious, and if convicted, these defendants are facing major jail time,” adding, “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.