Kareem “Biggs” Burke Sentenced in Drug Trafficking Sting Operation

By Lora Neng
June 6, 2012

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder and former associate of Jay-Z, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, was sentenced for drug trafficking in the dragnet “Operation Green Venom” Monday. The guilty conviction for attempted distribution of 100 kilos of marijuana landed him a sentence of five years in prison.

The massive sting operation that led to the arrest of over 50 people involved the coordination of New York’s Department of Investigation and Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York and the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s office, according to MTV News. Biggs was convicted on wiretap evidence overhearing his discussions with the trafficking ring leader from within one of the houses set up with a hydroponic system. The illegally grown pot was alleged to be transported from the Florida and California cultivation sites to sell in New York.

Part of Biggs’ plea deal included a forfeiture of $15,000 in cash, his New Jersey home and BMW. Roc-A-Fella remains in operation as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, distributed by The Island Def Jam Music Group.

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