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Loon sentenced to 14 years behind bars

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Jul 21, 2013 | 10:30am EDT

Rapper Loon has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars on drug-related charges. The former member of Mase's rap collective Harlem World was arrested in Belgium in 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin in North Carolina, and now the 38 year old, real name Amir Muhadith, has been hit with the heavy prison sentence. The star, who is currently being held at a detention centre in Brussels, Germany, has since released a statement to fans maintaining his innocence, insisting he was simply caught up with the wrong crowd. It reads, "I also want to explain to you in detail, the detail of the charges I was charged with and the federal indictment from the Eastern District of North Carolina which was the conspiracy charge, which I was charged with. Conspiring to possess with intent to distribute... If someone was to call you on the phone and make statements engaging in some form of illegal act, the moment that you answer that persons (sic) question or answer that person in general, automatically that falls underneath the umbrella of conspiracy. That means at that point you are conspiring to join that individual... to do something illegal. "In my case, back in 2008, before (converting to) Islam, I was affiliated - not even affiliated, I don't want to say that, but some individuals had crossed my path who were interested at one point in the music business. At some point these individuals called me in regards to something that was totally away from the lifestyle and life I was living. The fact that I responded to these individuals placed me underneath the umbrella of conspiracy and therefore once these individuals were apprehended by the United States government they chose to implement me in the situation."

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