“You let your shit bubble quietly…then you blow!”
To call Kareem “Biggs” Burke a “silent partner” would be an understatement. Throughout the roughly 10 year reign of Roc-A-Fella Records, the general public probably heard this guy open his mouth once or twice, if that. I actually spoke to him on the phone a couple of times, and he seemed like a good dude. In any event, it looks like the Feds are gonna be trying to get him to spill his guts:
The NY Post reports:
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 imiitiating 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.
According to the Post these guys “controlled the marijuana market in NYC”. I don’t know how accurate that is, but in any event, Biggs is looking at some pretty hefty legal bills over the next couple of years. Not to be selfish, but I hope this doesn’t cause a drought in the Tri-State…