Rap group sent to prison for drug scheme

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –  A third individual has been sent to prison for his role in a large-scale narcotics distribution operation involving multiple properties throughout Corpus Christi, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Javon Hicks aka Drank Nitti Kasino, 41, Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty April 5.

Co-conspirator Dwayne Thompson aka Muddy Kasino, 39, and Zackari Williams aka Arm and Hammer Zone, 30, both of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty to the same charges March 9 and March 30, respectively.

Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton ordered Hicks to serve a total of 138 months, in federal prison. He must also serve five years of supervised release following the sentence.

Hicks and Thompson forfeited personal items including cars, guns, jewelry and cash valued at more than $123,000 following their pleas.

At the time of their pleas, the individuals admitted they were each part of a hip-hop group that produced music under the Kasino World label. They used various houses and apartments throughout Corpus Christi to record their songs and videos. Investigation further revealed the group members also used the locations to distribute crack cocaine and meth with at least 100 sales per day.

Thompson and Williams have previously received their sentences and are currently serving 150 and 120 months, respectively, in prison.

Hicks will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Corpus Christi Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Roland Swanson and Dennis E. Robinson prosecuted the case.