k Followers, Following, Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Cuban Harry (@muhammad_a_lean). Harrison Garcia was a sucker for a good selfie. The Miami hip-hop scenester, known to his friends as “Cuban Harry,” boasted more than 36, A federal judge sentenced Harrison Garcia, also known as Cuban Harry, four months after jurors convicted him of armed drug trafficking. Miami’s Harrison Garcia, also known as Cuban Harry, was convicted of selling an illegal codeine-spiked drink known as “lean.”.
She went to university educated in languages of French, English, and Spanish. She became a high school teacher in Spain. She taught ,history of Spain, France and American History. She also taught piano, mathematics, and political science. She came to America to become a U. She did, deciding to marry and raise a family here. She made a mistake in marriage, to a Henry Garcia, whom it turned out was also of the same blood, but was also a lothrorio.
This name of Garcia, was despised by my father, and carried his mother's last name, but never legally changed it before he died and of course passed it to me. I was taught to hate my grandfather, whom I can only remember twice meeting him. My father, went by Mando Viscarra De Garcia, only for his mother sake.
She named him Henri Armando De Viscarra. Altough on the birth certificate his first name was miserably misspelled by clerk, and spelled Henri as Here. Hercelia petition, but they said she'd needa lawyer and being a single mother and on a teacher salary she let it be, and nick named him Arman, or Mando. For simplicity he went by Harry, as his stage name.
Garcia was definitely a very prominent mover," says Tony Salisbury, a deputy special agent in charge of gang units for Homeland Security investigations. The story of Garcia's rise from Cuban refugee child to figure on the highest rung of the hip-hop industry — and his downfall to convicted drug dealer facing a potential life sentence — opens a window into the outsize role cough syrup plays in Southern hip-hop culture, the black market that feeds it, and the epic fallout that can follow the drug.
Up-and-coming Miami rapper Fat Nick leans back in the bathtub, frothy water pooling around his considerable belly. His blond dreadlocks are tied in a haphazard bun, and a chain with the letters "YRH" — short for "young, rich, and handsome" — dangles from his neck. Look at my chain! Look at the diamonds in my teeth! Fat Nick may be Miami's loudest and proudest syrup sipper, but the drug is everywhere in hip-hop culture.
Promethazine codeine is hard to get and usually comes at a steep cost, so boasting about it on social media earns instant street cred.
Hashtags such as codeinecrazy, doublecups, and siplean have thousands of posts apiece. The unlikely relationship between cough syrup and rap traces its roots to s Houston, where blues musicians began pouring Robitussin into their beers, according to author Lance Scott Walker, who has written two books about the city's hip-hop culture.
The recipe evolved over time — beer was replaced by wine coolers when they hit the market in the '80s, for instance — but the biggest change came with the Food and Drug Administration's approval of cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine. Codeine, an opioid, suppresses coughing.
Promethazine, an antihistamine, treats other cold symptoms, like sneezing and watery eyes, and acts as a sedative. The combination, sanctioned by the FDA in , was far more potent than Robitussin.
Houston's sippers soon made the switch, savoring the sweet taste and mellowed-out feeling. Peters, a retired associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston who has studied the use of prescription cough syrup.
Sizzurp, later mostly made with soda instead of beer, became part of life in Houston — especially for the city's hip-hop artists, who came up in the same neighborhoods as the blues musicians. The cough syrup phenomenon, which Peters calls "an epidemic," for decades was mostly contained to Houston, until one of those hip-hop musicians blew up.
DJ Screw's music sounded the way drinking lean felt. It was slowed down, like playing a 45 record at 33 rpm, and cut with beats and scratches. Like so many other Houston musicians, the DJ real name: Robert Earl Davis Jr.
By the '90s, his "chopped and screwed" style went national. As DJ Screw's style became influential beyond Houston, so too did his drug of choice. Eight months later, DJ Screw was found dead on the bathroom floor of his Houston recording studio.
He was 29 years old. A medical examiner listed the cause of death as an overdose of codeine, along with marijuana and alcohol. Screw was mourned as a visionary, but his demise didn't slow the spread of the substance that had caused it.
The drug's reach today is hard to quantify. It's not tracked by any one agency, and both local and federal officials say it is considered a lower priority than other prescription medications that have ravaged America in recent years, such as fentanyl and oxycodone.
Miami-based Homeland Security agents say they don't have figures: But in , the most recent year for which data is available, more than 11, emergency room visits were attributed to nonmedical syrup use, according to the U. Department of Health and Human Services. That year, the National Drug Intelligence Center put out an alert about increased use of the substance, warning about addiction and a limited number of overdose deaths.
Experts say side effects include constipation, dental decay, urinary tract infections, insomnia, weight gain, and difficulty standing which explains the nickname "lean". Despite the pitfalls, many have found the highly addictive drink difficult to put down. It ain't that easy. As more music came out name-checking codeine, a new generation of hip-hop hopefuls started sipping — including some of Miami's most talked-about new rappers.
Fat Nick, part of a wild cast of so-called SoundCloud rappers who've built their fan bases online, was one of them. The high-school-dropout-turned-drug-dealer-turned-rapper regularly racks up millions of listens on SoundCloud and has nearly , followers on Twitter.
Last year, he released an album called When the Lean Runs Out , on which he rapped, " Drowning in drink, can you hear me? But Fat Nick's ties to lean would soon be overshadowed by another aspiring Miami musician: Harrison Garcia, who had long idolized rappers like Lil Wayne and dreamed of one day finding his place alongside them. For Cuban kids growing up in Hialeah, listening to traditional music from the island meant inviting harassment from classmates.
People would make fun of you. So Garcia, like almost every other student at Miami Springs Middle, instead obsessed over rap: Tupac, Biggie, Lil Wayne. He would come home from school and turn it up — loud. I don't like the music. Garcia, whom the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami declined to make available for an interview, was raised worlds away from the kind of fame and glitz with which he'd later be associated.
At 4 years old in , he began the journey from Cuba to the States in a duffle bag. He and his parents, who asked not to be named due to threats from fans, were detained at the U.
When they finally made it to Miami, Garcia's parents carved out a modest life with working-class jobs at Pizza Hut and Macy's. They moved into a house with a crucifix above the door in a quiet Hialeah neighborhood, where they raised Harrison and his younger sister.
As a child, Harrison was inventive and affable. His parents say he worried about classmates whose parents struggled to make ends meet, and often tried to bring just about the entire school over for dinner.
When he was around 14, he discovered another interest: He'd spend hours on his computer experimenting and show off his work to his friends. Garcia grew up to become a "big kid" prone to pulling pranks.
Once, when Jimenez was desperate for apple juice, he and some friends, fighting laughter, peed into a bottle and took it to her. She laughs at the memory, insisting he would've never let her actually drink it. He'd get someone's attention just so he could respond with "Derp, derp! Beneath all the showboating, those close to him insist, Garcia was a family guy. By his mids, he'd fathered three sons with two women.
He doted on the kids, his family says, and his dog Moonrock. After having a nightmare a couple of years ago that his mom had died, he insisted she go to the doctor for a full physical just to be sure she was OK.
But he soon decided college wasn't for him and took a job at UPS, making beats on his laptop around his work schedule. He picked up a lean habit along the way, carrying around Styrofoam cups of cough syrup mixed with cream soda.
Jimenez says she was taken aback when she saw him drink cough syrup with eggs and bacon at 8 o'clock in the morning. Musically, things began falling into place for Garcia when he linked up with a Miami group called In2Deep.
Sometimes mistaken for his better-known friends' bodyguard, the Houston native is a musician himself who became close with Chris Brown after the two met on a basketball court as teenagers. When Garcia and HoodyBaby crossed paths around , they struck up a fast friendship, Jimemez says. Garcia quickly won over people in HoodyBaby's circle and, before long, found himself joining the entourages of hip-hop's elite and selling his beats to big-name acts.
It's tough to verify Jimenez's claims about Garcia's musical ties to the artists. Neither HoodyBaby nor Gudda Gudda responded to requests for comment, and Garcia's name doesn't seem to appear in any song credits.
But it's indisputable that he became part of both Brown's and Lil Wayne's crews. Garcia mugged for photos with Brown, and when Brown was filmed arguing with security guards who tried to kick his friends out of a celebrity basketball game last September at the University of Southern California, Garcia was in the group.
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