October 15th, 2010
09:15 PM ET

Feds bust major marijuana operation, agency says

Kareem "Biggs" Burke, a founder of rapper Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records, was among those arrested.

Federal agents capped a two-year investigation Friday with dozens of arrests they say have broken open a marijuana smuggling operation that "dominated" the New York market for two decades, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement announced.

Among those arrested were Kareem "Biggs" Burke, a founder of rapper Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records, and High Times magazine ad salesman Matthew "Magazine Guy" Stang, ICE said.

"These criminal organizations have allegedly dominated the illegal marijuana market in New York City for almost 20 years," said Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes, Jr. "The high profile stature of some of the alleged members of these organizations is especially troubling."

ICE said that the suspected leader of the organization, Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez, was also arrested. Rodriguez-Perez was heard discussing violent acts on intercepted telephone calls, including a threat to "hunt" a customer who was late paying for marijuana, the agency said.

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  1. phil

    Who in their right mind would want to register themselves as an official violator of federal law? Are you people really that stoned?

    October 17, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      Same difference! registering comments on a blog is the same as registering officially with congress...

      October 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LmD

    200pounds in 2years, big whoopie! Wasted our tax dollars on busting a street player, he's not a big player by any means. The authorities make it sound big when in reality they didn't do squat! Another person will continue this guy's operation like nothing ever happened. The war on drugs has been one of the biggest failures of the United States Government and they know it. Proven fact, look up the war on drugs on the internet and read for yourself. Treat it or legalize it, you will never stop it. Supply and Demand people. Alcohol is one of the worst drugs but society accepted that from the begining of time.

    October 17, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri W.W.

    While I do think that "weed"as you guys call it,probably does have some good things for folks who are ill,I am afraid it may very well lead to people using stronger illegal drugs.~However,having said that~I also think that anyone who wants it,will get it,and sometimes I think if some amount for personal use was legally okay~and all of it taxed~that might actually be better in the long run!We do waste a lot of money locking people up for this,when they could be doing something ~like working&paying their way.Sure,some would not do anything productive,but lots would~and we wouldnt be paying to keep them,at least not in jail,which costs LOTS per person! Legalizing an taxing small amounts,for personal use,may be an idea whose time has come at that.Hard to be sure,but this way is certinly not working anymore either!

    October 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J.D.

    What? people who dont live in California smoke weed? I'm refering to the "study" conducted saying that legalizing pot would not hinder drug cartels since most of Californios grow their own anyway. What about the other 49 states? people dont think that they are a huge contributor to illegal pot sales? The government would save soo much money. The DEA could be more focused on the pot that is being grown in the California National Forests BY the mexican cartels. Not to mention the convicts that are soaking up the U.S. tax dollars, that do not need to be there anyway. WAKE UP AMERICA.

    October 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Geri

    The happy drug of choice. Weed pot Mary Jane Dobbie yes I would rather smoke then drink. Never had a hang over from pot nor a DUI

    October 18, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    Why do they not consider alcohol to be a gateway drug? It seems many a young persons 1st experiences with drugs are often alcohol. Yes alcohol is a drug do we forget? I have seen much greater destruction in peoples lives from alcohol and stimulants than from weed. The people who smoke pot that are terminally stupid were probably stupid to begin with. I used medical marijuana for 8 months during treatment and I don't know how else I could have prevented the vomiting and kept any weight on. And then I ended up graduating at the top of my class. It all depends on the individual. It seems the people who are most against are those who only know what they read about it and those are probably the same people who regularly engage in some degree of alcohol consumption.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    Weed wacker been smoking some? Wacked out!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. stophavingfun.

    AMEN MICHELLE i agree(:

    October 18, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. stophavingfun.

    busting people for having weed on them wont do anything..it wont stop the train of drug dealing nor will it make people want to quit smoking.
    they can bust as many people as they want...this marijuana dealing isnt going to end...just legalize it and and the war will end.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michelle

    Stop having fun: you must be high because your smiley face is backwards... Certainly alcohol would never cause such a thing!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Breezy

    GET THAT ********G** OUT OF HERE!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Stupid Intoxicated Americans!

    Your dope dealing fantasies and your doped logic are out of sync with real life. It's the drug of choice for losers. If you are not. a losers, fooling with marijuana will definitely make you one. It is stored in your fat cells and can be detected for a very long time...so that 6-figure potential employment goes out the window, job loss it you work for someone that drug screens, worst drug for students it cause problem with memory retention, cannot concentrate, confusion, and decreases intellect and it can permanently effect changes physiology of the brain. It's a negative on health and can cause cancers.
    I can only conclude the reasons you advocate use of this drug...is that misery loves company, you are employed in a field that require minimal to no use of intellect, you are self-medicating an undiagnose mental illness, you are a predator: you make your living with blood money or preying on the innocent. After the buzz, it lies in your body slowly constricting every life and health and mental potential. Lastly, marijuana is addictive!

    October 18, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. wow

    @SIA.. dude what is goin on with that run on sentence... learn how to write before you go around calling people stupid. lol Do you really think marijuana is as bad or worse than alcohol? Its not... sorry bro you are just wrong. Read up on how many people die and are injured by alcohol every year.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
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