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. duke

    Oh lord,what we gon do now??

    October 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      @duke is your dumb@$$ a user or a buyer??? Because you talk like you are under influence...

      October 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan T

      this pen1s-whacker punk sure likes to use diarrhea on these threads...!

      October 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. About time

    Now go closed those cartel-sponsored medicinal marijuana shops in California. America and all its citizens is tired of that state starting sh(!)t....

    October 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Games James

      I am a US citizen in NC and I'm all for it!! Puff, Puff, Pass!

      October 16, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      Wait a minute, your pulled pork @$$ is in NC, y'all don't have nothin' pending legislation! You need to stop faking with the hickory chips!

      October 16, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan T

      hey, pen1s-whacker! or should we call you Stumpy?

      October 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Capt. Jack


    October 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pirate no35

    They need to reclassify that NON-TOXIC DRUG!
    We need regulation on this! Not flat-out prohibition, which has never worked whether it was alcohol or marijuana.


    October 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      Closed it down and maybe a couple can go jet-skiing on Mexico-USA border lakes...and law enforcement investigators can keep their heads out of suit cases!

      October 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Good Job you ignornat stupid pig fukers.
    how much tax payer money and time you waste on this?

    October 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. You Dumb weed whacker!

    Everyone knows marijuana is a gatekeeper to all other vices and more hard, illicit drugs...

    October 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      "Everyone" who has actually tried it knows that is a bunch of BS.

      It's ONLY a gateway drug because it's currently being sold to the masses by criminalized individuals who normally have access to the more serious drugs.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      @ weed whacker you don't know what you are talking about, so just shut the hell up!!!

      October 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      but if it is in a dispensary and regulated and taxed it will be harder to get other substances.
      since it is illegal it is in a criminal environment other criminal items are for sale as well like coke, crack, meth, crime guns, and even slaves in some cases

      October 17, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. duke

    How did you know?
    Now go sukoutyomumma and go play with yourself.

    October 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. scandor

    none of the weed i smoke comes from a mexican cartel it is all homegrown by my best friend. legalize it, tax it and worry about real crimes

    October 15, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      Sound like your best friend is breaking the law...and what kinda tax is that friend is charging you? Sale tax?alcohol tax? Or is that extra money in the pocket tax? Funny how none of you are ill!

      October 16, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      sounds like a good ideal to me.

      October 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. james k washington

    a bunch a holes

    October 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    Pot will never be legalized because one of our country's biggest unions sends lobbyists to stop it. What union is it?
    The prison gaurds union lobbies against pot being legalized in the USA. Now you understand how pathetic this country has become?
    I am against pot being legalized just to smoke. For medical use, yes ok fine. But what I find to be totally unacceptable behavior is the people who keep other people in prison (gaurds), are lobbying against legalizing pot because it would drastically decrease the number of prisoners therefore causing many prison gaurds to lose their jobs.
    That makes me want to vomit. There is something sinister about it.

    October 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      That's the biggest myth that needs busting: medicinal use!

      October 16, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      And the second myth need busting: I'm terminally sick. Y'all toters are the longest living dying othersuckers I ever seen. Willie Nelson never looked better on Larry King last night. He even tote smoke away the bags under his eyes. It even lifted the lines off his eyebrows!

      October 16, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      not only that jim but image how much money those guards make off selling it to the prisoners. but i have to disagree with you about pot, it is not as bad as a lot of stuff that is legal.

      October 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim Brieske

    But two wrongs don't make a right. The truth is pot ruins people's lives, especially teenagers if they decide to smoke it to escape family problems. They could be at a important junction in their lives. It's important they stay on the right path.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      What happened to the natural high teenagers? Go have the real fun with good friends enjoying life and the sun sober!

      October 16, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. whitekong78

    This is a joke. The FBI only cares about a high profile bust here and there to keep the public thinking their tax dollars are hard at work. Most stoners are dumb but pot is less harmful than alcohol. If the government really cared about drugs they would bomb the plantations growing poppy and cocaine. Our military allows the Afghan people to supply opium that finds its way on our shores. Woo! Now Jay-Z can make a tee shirt saying "free Kareem" and all his sheep fans will get angry at "the man". Same story different people.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whitekong78

    You're absolutely right Jim. Cops and other law enforcement would be out of jobs if we fixed the problems. This is ridiculous though because there are tons of problems to be fixed. Everybody is happy pointing fingers at their boogyman.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      So you saying it is more beneficial to the economy to keep the cartel in business, please! Law enforcement and cops are financed thru local city tax, state and federal taxes along with community incentives: other than the donuts and coffee that they get teased about.

      October 16, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • BrightBetty

      Law enforcement officers would not be out of a job. They would be able to spend more man hours focusing on real crimes, which do not get the attention needed because they are wasting time on frivolous pursuits in the war on drugs.

      October 16, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • The Dumb weed whacker!

      Bettyboo, do you like coffee and donuts?

      October 16, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Big Games James

    Our tax dollars wasted on victimless crime. If you can smoke weed and still be elected president it must not be that bad. Prohibition doesn't work. It makes the bad guys and politicians rich. It gives the police a reason to ask for more funding. Our courts are jammed up with petty crimes like these.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      Victimless my @$$, dropped them weed seeds and growth sin city quick! In some third world countries over populated prison and logged courts are never a problem: drug dealers kneel to the maker and given a bullet in the head on the spot. Another agent of miracle growth is ponography they should taxed that at 33% and taxed the tips, too: cartel catina's and girlie-girl clubs!

      October 16, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      Gov Arnie, how many girlie-girl clubs y'all have in California???

      October 16, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Big Games James

    Just thought of something: If Cali legalizes it how much you want to bet AZ, NV, etc. beef up law enforcement along their Cali borders? Will that take away from law enforcement on the Mexico borders? Just wondering?

    October 16, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      Enemy??? diversionary??? tatics???
      Ohoo-no...U'mma tell....Deputy Holden big games james says they gonna Mario tm your @$$e$!

      October 16, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
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