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Rapper convicted of murder dies of overdose in Brooklyn federal lockup

May 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Rapper convicted of murder dies of overdose in Brooklyn federal lockup

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Authorities say that an imprisoned gang leader/gangster rapper convicted of murder died of a drug overdose in a Brooklyn federal lockup.

According to the New York Daily News, 40-year-old Michael Garrett, who lead a Brooklyn-based gang ‘Together Forever Mafia,’ died on February 28th at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC).

Although the death of Garrett, who also moonlighted as a hip-hop impresario, was listed as accidental, a spokesman for the city medical examiner confirmed that the convicted gang leader died from cardiovascular failure stemming from an overdose from synthetic marijuana.

Garrett’s former lawyer James Lisa, who was informed on Friday of the autopsy results remained incredulous saying, “He was in federal custody. That’s not like Rikers Island or a county facility.”

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons haven’t commented on the death of Garrett death nor have they indicated if officials have launched an investigation into how the drugs managed to get smuggled into the high-security facility.

According to prison consultant Cherie Nolan, it is unusual for an inmate to die of an illegal overdose at a high-security facility like MDC, which houses international terrorists and will be the likely be the home of Mexican drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman when he is extradited from Mexico.

“The feds usually do a good job of keeping contraband out, the security in place for people going into and out of facilities, and the performance of staff, has greatly improved,” said Nolan.

According to court documents, before his trial, Garrett tested positive for marijuana after receiving a visit from his girlfriend just before he stood trial last spring in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Officials temporarily removed the woman from visitor’s list. A jury convicted Garrett of murder, racketeering, murder, drug trafficking and sex trafficking of underage prostitutes along with co-conspirator Paul Rivera.

Federal prosecutors said the TF Mafia’s music operation, which was based in a tattoo parlor in Brownsville, Brooklyn, was a front for illegal activities.

Sentencing for Rivera, the founder of TF Mafia, is scheduled for June 28th.

Because Garrett hadn’t been sentenced yet, Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto posthumously vacated his conviction and the restitution he was mandated to pay his victims.

As a result, the government lifted a lien on a $55,000 settlement Garrett had received in 2011 lawsuit against the city alleging that he was falsely arrested, and the money will go to the dead man’s estate.

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