Roc-A-Fella CEO busted in Marijuana Ring

October 15th, 2010 by Author4 Leave a reply »

Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke was arrested with 42 other people in a massive marijuana ring that allegedly controlled the marijuana market in New York City.  Burked has been a part of the ring since 1992 and Federal prosecutors claim that Burke was part of a network that was headed up by Geovanny Rodriguez Perez aka “Shorty.”

According to police Shorty’s network of growing the marijuana down south, shipping it up north and returning the proceeds to South Florida.  Burke was arrested at his home in North Bergen, NJ along with Matthew Stang, an advertising executive for High Times; in an 18-month operation they called “Operation Green Venom.”

Jim Hayes, a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said, “This isn’t just a group that controlled one block, one neighborhood,”  “They dominated the wholesale marijuana market in New York for 20 years.”  Agents confiscated $1 million in drug profits and 177 pounds of marijuana from the suspects involved as well.

Burke is known for co-founding Roc-A-Fella records in 1996 with Jay-Z and Damon Dash, after several record labels had turned down the pair.

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