Nearly two months after being apprehended in New York for allegedly running a national drug ring, further details regarding music executive Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond’s indictment has been revealed.
In docs published by TheSmokingGun.com (TSG), it’s revealed that members of Rosemond’s alleged narcotics ring “sent large amounts of cocaine and cash back and forth across the U.S. in music road cases” … and “arranged pickups and deliveries at the offices of Interscope Records.”
Interscope is a major label whose roster includes music superstars such as U2, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Lady Gaga, among others … and also, Henchmen’s client, The Game, whom he manages.
According to TSG, prosecutors for the Department of Justice provided defense lawyers shipping records this week, detailing “pickups and deliveries” made at Interscope’s Los Angeles office by a cargo firm that was used to transport the music cases. Inside those cases were either kilos of cocaine and/or upwards of $1 million in cash.
Rosemond and the ring has been under investigation by the DEA for over a year. It’s findings resulted in an 18-count indictment of Rosemond, which — if found guilty — could send him to prison for life.
The 46-year-old music industry vet is currently being held without bail at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Additionally, a road manager for Game was also implicated in the bi-coastal trafficking ring.
The documents also reveal that prosecutors and DEA agents have obtained detailed insider accounts of the drug ring by former Rosemond associates, each of whom have admitted their roles in the operation. The informants say they were “dispatched to either Interscope or various music studios to retrieve ‘road cases’ stuffed with either cash or cocaine,” reports TSG.
One key cooperator is former Rosemond associate, Khalil Abdullah, who recently pleaded guilty to narcotics trafficking and obstruction of justice charges. He struck a cooperation deal with prosecutors, and has said that over the past two years, he oversaw the shipment in “road cases” of cash and cocaine worth millions of dollars.
Due to Rosemond’s work in the music industry, investigators allege that he was able to “disguise these shipments as legitimate freight that was ostensibly needed by the performance artists he managed,” according to a U.S. District Court filing.
The coke- and cash-filled cases were shipped under accounts belonging to his Czar Entertainment company and the “road manager for one of the performing-artists Rosemond managed,” prosecutors added.
Things began to crumble in December 2010, when the DEA seized a case containing nearly $800,000 from a New York City recording studio, thanks to a tip from Abdullah.
After several arrests, a warrant was issued for Rosemond in May 2011, but he was on the lamb for a full month before he was apprehended by DEA agents following a foot chase down Park Ave, blocks away from where he had been hiding out at the W Hotel.