Winnipeg’s Most rapper Jon-C to stand trial for drug-trafficking charges [News]
Winnipeg, MB – William “Jon-C” Pierson of Winnipeg’s Most will stand trial later this month on drug trafficking charges that date back to July 23, 2008. Pierson went to court last month to dispute the warrant used to search his Church Avenue home. Pierson claimed that it was obtained using incorrect information and should have never been issued. Although Pierson entered a non-guilty plea, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Douglas Abra deemed the warrant valid. Police allegedly used the warrant to seize 35 rocks of crack, 200 grams of marijuana, a cellphone and drug packaging material on the scene. It is suspected that Pierson was hand-delivering drugs to customers who stopped in front of his house. Pierson also faces charges from a separate drug raid in 2011.
Winnipeg’s Most gained popularity in 2010 after receiving three awards at the 2010 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. The boys – Jon-C, Charlie Fettah, and Brooklyn – grew up in Winnipeg’s predominantly gang-populated neighbourhoods but have used their music to spotlight the hardships of poverty and gang warfare.The crew’s most recent album GoodFellaz dropped in June 2011 and the boys embarked on a nation-wide tour. The remaining shows have since been cancelled as Pierson prepares to stand trial. Rumours have begun to circulate that Winnipeg’s Most might be disbanded for good.
Heatbag Records, the label behind Winnipeg’s Most, has already seen its fair share of criticism. In 2008, a YouTube video surfaced showing several members of the label armed with handguns. The video made references to shootings, graves, coffins and snitches, and threatened retribution against a “rat.” The video concluded with a graphic image of a rodent caught in a trap. The video emerged after fellow Winnipeg’s Most member Charlie Fettah was released from jail on drug offences.
Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
Photo courtesy of Winnipeg’s Most