According to reports, Biggs was among 43 people arrested today in a massive drug sweep spanning from New York to South Florida on Federal drug charges. And then…
Reports the NY 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 drug 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. “In the case of the High Times employee, it’s a case of art imitiating real life,” said Jim Hayes special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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.
There is no word yet as to what Burke’s role was in the ring.
Kareem “Biggs” Burke was one of the three co-founders of Roc-A-Fella Records. While Jay-Z and later Dame Dash played the front, Biggs always remained in the background. After the trio sold their interests in the label to Def Jam, Burke remained with Dame Dash and started Roc4Life while Jay-Z presided over Def Jam.
Somewhere Jay-Z is probably brushing his shoulders off… #ImJustSayin