Interscope Denies Involvement in Drug-Trafficking Operation
The label issued a statement declaring that no "employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring... nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices."
Interscope has responded to federal prosecutors' claim that the company's offices were used by a drug-trafficking ring involving Game manager Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond as a transit point for cases filled with cocaine and cash. In a statement released this afternoon, a company spokesperson said:
"The information being reported in the press regarding Interscope Records' involvement with the ongoing criminal prosecution of James Rosemond is both erroneous and completely unsupported. Interscope Records has been informed by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices. Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Record are a subject or target of the investigation. UMG and Interscope will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney's Office regarding this matter. "
The allegation was included in a letter containing evidence against Rosemond, the CEO of Czar Entertainment and manager of The Game, who was indicted on 18 felony charges this week for his role in drug trafficking ring. Rosemond is being held without bail in Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.
A yearlong Drug Enforcement Administration investigation states that the Los Angeles offices of Interscope Records were used for pickups and deliveries of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in 2010 and 2011. Shipping company Rock-It Cargo, which has a lengthy list of musical clients, shipped music cases that allegedly contained drugs to New York studios.