Hip-Hop Exec James 'Jimmy Henchman' Rosemond Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking After Monthlong Manhunt

9:18 PM PST 06/21/2011 by THR staff

Rosemond, who was accused by Dexter Isaac of paying him to rob Tupac Shakur in 1994, has worked with recording artists including the Game.

Talent manager James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, who was accused by Dexter Isaac of orchestrating the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur, on Tuesday was arrested in New York and charged with heading up a cocaine trafficking operation, MTV News reported.

Authorities had been searching for Rosemond -- who ran the management company Czar Entertainment, where he worked with hip-hop artists including the Game -- since warrants were issued for his arrest May 17.

He reportedly was walking out of the W Hotel in Union Square when he noticed federal agents and tried to evade them to no avail.

 

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Rosemond, who was arraigned in Brooklyn on conspiracy to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine, is being held without bail, a DEA rep told MTV News.

"These charges obviously aren't surprising, we've been anticipating them for years now," Rosemond's lawyer, Jeffery Lichtman, said. "But they're built on the backs of people that have lied and cheated, have been threatened, have been bribed by the government," he added. "Anything to get Jimmy Rosemond, but all of this is going to be exposed. We've been waiting a long time for our day in court -- we finally have it."

 

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Meanwhile, Isaac is reportedly cooperating with authorities in their case against Rosemond. Earlier this month, the New York prisoner, who is serving a life sentence on unrelated charges, confessed to shooting Shakur two years before the late rapper was wounded in a separate incident in Las Vegas that eventually left him dead.

In a letter released to allhiphop.com, Isaac said he was hired to steal from Shakur by whatever means necessary.

“In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio,” Isaac wrote in the letter confession.

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“[Rosemond] gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Synthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery."

Rosemond's attorney Lichtman has said Isaac's claim is a "flat-out lie."

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