By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
Choices. Everyone gets to a point where they need to choose between different paths. 37-year-old Wayne Frisby was no different. Would he be a drug dealer or a successful music artist? He can’t be both – well, not for long.
Going by the artist name “Mac Wayne,” Frisby, who is legally blind after reportedly shooting himself in the head as a teenager, was profiled in an Amazon Prime documentary titled “Blind and Battered, the Blind Kingpin.” The documentary chronicles his life and, in it, he freely discusses his work as a drug dealer and pimp.
It’s common for (gangster) rappers to use their criminal past as a way to gain credit with listeners and fans. The goal, by telling these stories, is to sell more records. But it’s a bad idea if they are still involved in crime. Frisby never seemed to have any intention to give up his old life. He simply went about his daily business while being a parttime rapper.
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In December of 2020, he was one of eleven people indicted in connection with a drug trafficking ring distributing heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl pills in Pierce, King, Snohomish, and Lewis Counties in Washington.
Dope on the table
The drug ring takedown was the third in a series of wiretap cases. All told, the search warrants executed in this case resulted in the seizure of approximately 93 pounds of methamphetamine, 15 pounds of heroin, 35,000 suspected fentanyl pills, 24 firearms, approximately $525,000, and a bank account valued at $100,000. Seizures made prior to December 16, 2020, included more than 154 pounds of methamphetamine, 20 pounds of heroin, and more than 7,000 suspected fentanyl pills.
“A gritty, dangerous business”
Frisby was heard on the wiretap ordering up pound quantities of methamphetamine and significant amounts of heroin. Other recordings have him discussing firearms he carried or his efforts to assist a partner who shot another man in Marysville in a drug deal gone wrong.
Agents were able to identify Frisby as the person on the phone by comparing his voice to the Amazon Prime documentary made about his life. As said before; talking about your life of crime while actively committing crimes isn’t the smartest thing to do.
On May 6, 2022, Frisby pleaded guilty to drug charges. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
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“Mr. Frisby gained notoriety through his drug dealing and self-promotion, but his conduct was serious and put countless lives at risk,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. “Drug trafficking is a gritty, dangerous business, and one that is ruining lives across our state. Those who make it their life are destined to spend time behind bars.”
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