Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke pleaded guilty Thursday to drug charges stemming from his 2010 arrest for conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana, Courthouse News Service reports. He faces at least five years in prison.
Burke, 38, must also forfeit his North Bergen, N.J., home, his 2010 BMW and $15,000 cash seized from his home.
Burke was one of at least 50 people arrested in October 2010 for participating in a wholesale marijuana distribution ring operating out of New York, Florida and California. The bust followed an 18-month investigation involving the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the New York Police Department. Authorities seized a total of nearly $2 million cash and more than 360 pounds of marijuana in the bust. The remnants of a marijuana-growing operation were allegedly found in Burke’s home.
Burke was implicated after being caught via wiretap discussing “grow houses” with the leader of the drug ring. To date, at least 10 of Burke’s co-conspirators have entered guilty pleas.
U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain will deliver Burke’s sentence on May 18.
In the mid-1990s, Burke co-founded Roc-A-Fella alongside Jay-Z and Damon Dash. Known as the silent partner of the trio, Jay-Z affectionately referred to him as “Hoffa” due to his tendency of being seldom seen.
Posted in: Misc.– March 16, 2012