Instagram pics of cash, guns lead to bust

Stacks of trouble. (Image from New York Daily News)

Stacks of trouble. (Image from New York Daily News)

Social media is designed to be fun, but there’s no stopping stupid.

Aspiring rapper “Neno Best” had one of his worst non-songwriting ideas when he began posting images of wads of cash and an arsenal of weapons on Instagram and YouTube.

His worst songwriting idea may be the unfortunately titled “Going Down 2Nite” where he implores people in his neighborhood to “walk around with protection.”

The 23-year-old, whose real name is Matthew Best, also posted messages saying he was selling the weapons out of his New York City recording studio.

Police noticed and it led to the largest gun bust in New York City history, according to a New York Daily News article.

Authorities found 254 weapons and arrested 19 people.

At least 21 of the weapons, including two from Georgia, were acquired via straw purchase, which occurs when someone agrees to buy something for someone else for a set fee. Thirty-six of the guns had been stolen.

An undercover detective began looking into Best and learned he and a friend were buying guns from Southern gun runners and selling them in New York at three times the price.

The number of guns seized is unusual, but seeing images of cash, guns and drugs online isn’t.

Members of a fraternity in Florida were suspended recently for allegedly offering drugs on Facebook.

Here’s a few more interesting web links I found today:

19 comments Add your comment

Don't Tread

August 22nd, 2013
8:10 am

Apparently peoploe need to “walk around with protection” to protect themselves from RappaThugBoy and his peeps.

Poetic justice in this case would be to shoot them all with one of their stolen weapons.

gadem also known as Benghazi

August 22nd, 2013
8:21 am

is it Aspiring rapper or Inspiring rapper…Inspiring rapper is an oxymoron…aspiring would describe half of the uneducated fools….

Ghostrider

August 22nd, 2013
8:29 am

Well….you cant fix stupid….

james

August 22nd, 2013
8:31 am

Here again a complete knucklehead posting on Facebook and Instagram…..I have seen the show! “Dumbest Criminals” Hello!!!! If you post online you are gonna get caught!

George Mathis

August 22nd, 2013
8:49 am

Inspiring rapper? Doh … let me fix that.

Monica

August 22nd, 2013
8:53 am

While Matthew Best is on his ‘kneez’ on a concrete prison floor, do you think he will be brilliantly articulating a prayer to his idol god in Washington for a pardon for his crimes?

I don’t know about his parents, but Mother always taught us to not pray with our mouths full…

X

August 22nd, 2013
8:59 am

Simply a useless DA that got what he deserved.

Danny

August 22nd, 2013
9:20 am

It is very sad to see what happened to Hip Hop. Hip Hop’s motivation used to be that “Knowledge Reigns Supreme” but I guess somewhere that translation got lost or “dumb and stupid” is the new smart.

Monica

August 22nd, 2013
9:36 am

I could never tell whether hip-hop & rap music made the IQ levels of those who perform and listen to it dramatically fall or if being dumber than a sack of doughnuts was a prerequisite for being able to appreciate that art form.

Robert1959

August 22nd, 2013
9:48 am

Monica

August 22nd, 2013
9:36 am
I could never tell whether country & rock music made the IQ levels of those who perform and listen to it dramatically fall or if being dumber than a sack of doughnuts was a prerequisite for being able to appreciate that art form.

Fools confessing on video

August 22nd, 2013
9:55 am

These fake “gangsta” guys are so sad. Back in the days, you could not find any of the old gangsters, mob bosses, people with a certain street job to confess on tape and video and then tell at the same time what type crime they are doing. These fools no longer talk the lifestyle they actually try to live it and look where it gets them! What a frigging clown! He not only needs to go to jail for what he was doing but he also needs to go to jail for being a fake, dumb angus “criminal” ( and I use that term lightly, because when he is braiding hair in prison he will learn) that should learn that confessing on tape and on social media does not make you a GANGSTER…………..it makes you STUPID!

Al

August 22nd, 2013
10:05 am

Really AJC? Was a comment thread on this story really necessary? You know where it leads.

joe

August 22nd, 2013
10:36 am

@ Robert–please show us some examples of country and rock artists who are into this type thug behavior–selling guns out of a recording studio. When rap first started back in the days of RUN DMC, it was cool. However, the thug element and mentality that has taken it over has subverted it to sub-societal levels where absolutely no good comes from it. It’s probably safe to say a lot rappers can’t read or write, let alone actually compose music. Shouting obscenities into a mic is not music, its crap.

TechnoGeek

August 22nd, 2013
10:46 am

Speechless. I cannot even imagine the thought process here….does the guy think the police do not use computers? This just takes ‘bad judgement’ to a whole new and unexplored level.

Bumper

August 22nd, 2013
10:48 am

Mr. Best’s problems have only just begun. In addition to the New York charges the feds (BATF etc.) will put him away for years on the interstate weapons transport violations, and you can bet the IRS will clean his plow.

Amen-Ra

August 22nd, 2013
11:07 am

Honestly, if black people could somehow break free of the brainwashing a group of ” Elite” people have been engineering on society as a whole for the past several thousands of years, then they could see that they are capable of getting “stacks on deck” without resorting to idiotic means. I challenge humanity to question all the lies and assumed truths that have been shoved down our throats since the beginning of our existence. Blacks have superior abilities to be successful in mathematics, architecture, running a business etc etc…Whites are good at surviving in nature…even at some of the most extreme cold temperatures…Despite those facts, no comparison intended, humanity will continue to be screwed up until we come to realize and exercise the fact that their is only one race…..THE HUMAN RACE. NATURE KNOWS NO RACIAL BOUNDARIES…SOCIAL ENGINEERING MANIPULATES RACIAL BOUNDARIES and FEELINGS OF INFERIORITY that causes blacks to commit idiotic acts such as this and FEELINGS OF SUPERIORITY which cause whites to continue to steal ideas, recreate ideas, and put them out as their own ideas. Erase the INFERIORITY and SUPERIORITY feelings and you can very well believe that this society will experience a UTOPIAN climax.

Trueno

August 22nd, 2013
11:29 am

I guess you can’t fix stupid..

Baltisraul......

August 22nd, 2013
11:40 am

Robert 1958….Rap is an ‘art form’? lmao

The cops never had it so easy before people with the IQ of a serving spoon found the Social Media.

Ferrell Aepps

August 24th, 2013
1:52 am

another day, another filthy and worthless sub-human monkey