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Blind Rapper Who Goes by ‘Mac Wayne’ Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Drug Distribution

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Blind Rapper Who Goes by ‘Mac Wayne’ Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Drug Distribution

Defendant One of More Than a Dozen Prosecuted in Large Drug Trafficking Organization

SEATTLE – A legally blind rapper who was profiled in an Amazon Prime documentary, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Wayne Frisby aka ‘Mac Wayne,’37, of Snohomish County, Washington was arrested in December 2020, for his role in a large drug trafficking ring. Investigators had numerous recorded phone calls of Frisby making drug deals and even one discussing his efforts to help a murder suspect hide from law enforcement. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour imposed four years of supervised release to follow prison, noting “the massive size of the conspiracy and the huge quantity of drugs involved.”

“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.”

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, “Blind and Battered, the Blind Kingpin.” The documentary chronicles Frisby’s life and, in it, he freely discusses his work as a drug dealer and pimp.

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  • According to records filed in the case, Frisby was one of eleven people indicted in December 2020 in connection with a drug trafficking ring distributing heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl pills in Pierce, King, Snohomish, and Lewis Counties. 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.

    The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tacoma Residence Office in partnership with Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Kent Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police Department, Tacoma Police Department, Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF), the Skagit County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

    On May 6, 2022, Frisby pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances.

    In asking for a 96-month sentence, prosecutors wrote to the court, “The risks of synthetic opioids, like methamphetamine, are well documented – according to the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute, state drug poisonings went up by approximately 30% in 2020, with methamphetamine and other synthetic opioids (mostly fentanyl) comprising “a growing share of drug-caused deaths.”

  • 2013

    NewsRapper 'Mac Wayne' wanted in WA for robbery

    Snohomish County authorities have issued a $250,000 arrest warrant for an area rapper who claims to be a blind.


    Mac-Wayne

    Author: KGW Staff

    Published: 3/10/2013 11:36:43 AM

    Updated: 11:36 AM PDT March 10, 2013

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Snohomish County authorities have issued a $250,000 arrest warrant for an area rapper who claims to be a blind.

    The Everett Herald reports the warrant for Wayne Frisby, who goes by the rap name of Mac Wayne, stems from a February armed robbery in which a woman's hair was lopped off. Authorities say Frisby and a woman robbed another woman's car in Marysville. He was arrested that same day and booked into jail, but bailed out.

    Frisby was charged Thursday with first-degree robbery and drug possession. When he was booked in jail, he had methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

    Detectives believe Frisby is in California and may head to Las Vegas.

    Frisby claims to have lost his eyesight after being shot. He describes himself as the undisputed Ray Charles of rap, 100% blind and 100% raw.

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