More than two years after being arrested on charges of running a national drug ring, former music executive Jimmy Henchman (formally Jimmy Rosemond) was sentenced to life in prison Friday (October 25) in a New York court room.
The 48-year-old was convicted for running an $11 million-a-year cocaine trafficking enterprise, reports News Day.
Prosecutor Todd Kaminsky told U.S. District Judge John Gleeson that Henchman had no respect for the law, evident when he continued his operation even after learning that he was under investigation, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
“About every stereotype you can think of about a drug kingpin was reflected in how he lived,” Kaminsky said.
The judge said he would’ve given the former music executive a life sentence even if it wasn’t legally mandated. “You chose that life and this is the punishment you get,” Gleeson said.
“His image as a music impresario was a cover for the real Jimmy Rosemond, a thug in a suit,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said.
Prosecutors had accused Henchman of using a variety of methods to smuggle cocaine from Los Angeles to New York — including shipping overnight packages, slathered in mustard to throw off drug-sniffing dogs. Later, he’d stashed drugs in the music equipment cases and sent them to New York music studios, which would be shipped back to Los Angeles packed with cash.
In 2011, agents seized a road case containing $790,000 packaged in vacuum-sealed plastic in $100,000 bundles, prosecutors said. The seizure prompted him to switch tactics, stashing drugs in hidden compartments in cars that were transported from coast to coast.
Lawyers for Henchman claimed he was framed by members of his crew who pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him. They included a Los Angeles dealer who admitted supplying more than 200 pounds to the ring over a two-year period.
He also faces separate murder charges in Manhattan for allegedly arranging a murder, as payback for an assault on his son.