A big-time rap mogul has landed in big-time trouble with the feds, reports the New York Post.
Kareem “Biggs” Burke, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, which launched the career of
superstar rapper Jay-Z, was among 43 people arrested today in a massive d
rug sweep spanning from New York to South Florida, authorities said.
Also nabbed was Matthew Stang, a writer and senior ad rep at High Times magazine, a well-known chronicle of chronic culture.
Burke was nabbed early this morning by ICE agents at his home in North Bergen, NJ, Hayes said.
The 18-month investigation into the vast narcotics network – headed by Geovanny “Manny” Rodriguez Perez – resulted in $1 million in seized profits and 177 pounds of marijuana, Hayes said.
At least another seven people are expected to be arrested as a result of the operation, dubbed “Green Venom,” he said. Investigators used state and federal wiretaps to catch the drug smugglers, authorities said.
Over the last 20 years, Perez used violence to intimidate competitors, according to authorities.
“He has created a super drug distribution network that has controlled the marijuana market in NYC,” Hayes said.
Agencies participating in the multi-jurisdiction investigation include ICE, the DEA, the city’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutors and the city’s Department of Investigations.