1,315 views | April 18, 2021 | News | By hiphopallaround
After years of waiting, Philadelphia rapper AR-AB has been handed his fate by a judge who handed him a 45-year prison sentence for allegedly running a drug trafficking ring. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, 38-year-old Abdul West, received almost five decades behind bars after he was found guilty in 2019 of allegedly using the cover of his record label, Original Block Hustlaz (OBH), as a large scale drug trafficking ring with ties to at least one murder.
Prosecutors in the case believe that AR-AB was involved in the murder of Robert Johnson in 2017, a man believed to be a drug rival, prosecutors tried to have a family member of Johnson's testify in court. Documents obtained by XXL the week, states that the U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson filed a motion prohibiting "victim statements or live testimony with regard to the death of Robert Johnson."
Regardless of the rapper's alleged connection to the murder of Robert Johnson, it was not considered in his sentencing, nor were his lyrics. Judge Baylson reportedly said that the 45-year sentence was the result of his "antisocial behavior." He was also quoted saying, "You could have been a hero instead of a criminal. But you became a drug dealer. You made that decision. That’s why you’re being punished."