Roc-A-Fella Records Co-Founder Kareem Burke Pleads Guilty to Pot Trafficking
The former business partner of Jay-Z's was part of a nationwide distribution ring, stretching from Florida to California to New York.
Kareem Burke, a.k.a. "Biggs," a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Jay-Z and Damon Dash, has plead guilty in Manhattan to a charge of conspiracy to distribute, as well as a charge of possession with intent to distribute, over 100kg of marijuana.
Burke was part of a nationwide marijuana distribution ring, stretching from Florida to California to New Jersey and New York, and was charged along with 51 other individuals in what authorities called "Operation Green Venom." Burke's fellow indictees had been arrested following such "overt acts" as hiding nearly $75,000 in tube socks within checked luggage at John F. Kennedy Airport.
Burke's North Bergen, New Jersey home was searched following his arrest, which occurred in early October, with authorities finding $15,000 in cash, 3.2 pounds of pot, as well as what they described as "the remains of a marijuana growing operation."
Burke faces a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison, as well as fines of $660,000, the loss of his New Jersey home, and his 2010 BMW.
Damon Dash and Burke split from Roc-A-Fella, and Jay-Z, citing irreconcilable differences, in the mid-2000s.