VICE NEWS, 12 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. COLIN MILLER:
When Miami hip-hop producer Harrison Garcia, aka the self-professed “CEO of Purple Drank,” needed to prove his street cred, he posted photos of himself with stacks of cash, a small arsenal of guns, and Styrofoam cups — presumably filled with the codeine-laced beverage “sizzurp” — to his nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram.
But the pictures came back to haunt Garcia, who also goes by the name “Cuban Harry,” in federal court Monday after prosecutors used them as evidence to convict him of five felonies, including armed drug trafficking. While that could land Garcia in prison for life, his defense attorney, Gustavo Lage, argued the 27-year-old only played the part of a criminal online to bolster his standing in the hip-hop world.