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. tomcat

    wow what a bust two million dollars and 200 lbs. of weed over two years. at this rate my grandkids grandkids may see an end to this so called drug war

    October 16, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    oh no the agony the crime. what is willie gonna do? all this weed off the street. start scrapin find the roaches hell set the bus on fire. LMAO

    October 16, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    still in shock

    October 16, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    donj forget the sweew tea

    October 16, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. no

    I hope they dont vote yes on prop 19 here in cali.it just gives the pigs n feds an excuse to prosecute or use us for the tax money.bud belongs to the streets,not in govs hands.theyll take ur tax money and charge u when they feel like it.DO NOT LEGALIZE BUD.NO ON PROP 19!!!

    October 16, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • The Dumb weed whacker!

      you loco crimminal, I suggest you REGISTER and VOTE against proposition 19, however, I must warned you that information is a matter of record and the loco po-po might get you!

      October 16, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      lol you must be a dealer

      October 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    there i dissagree weed

    October 16, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    it can help people dealing with cancer severe anxiety etc. if it were put here on earth who are we to deny its values. as with anything moderation is the answer. were native americans stoners for using peyote during ceremonies. were the indians of south america coke addicts for chewing cocoa leaves before a hunt to stay awake and alert.

    October 16, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb weed whacker!

      See your doctor and go nearest legitimate drugstore or supermarket for the super-hype energy drinks. I believe energy drinks should also be taxed and regulated. Dangerous and cause health problems. I don't see any native Americans smoking this thread. Indians maybe exempt from for any restrictions for peyote for ceremonial use...

      October 16, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Moderate smoking of anything is not good for your health, in my opinion. That goes for marijuanna too. The idea that it must be smoked in oredr to benefit from it's medicinal value is just plain ignorant.

    October 16, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • And then Phil

      Leans forward in his rockin chair, aiming for his bronze cuspidor long enough to let go another spittle of chewing tobacco....

      October 16, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. tomcat

    yes smoking is bad Phil. if you are getting radiation treatments how much more danger are you putting a cancer victim through? i would have done it for my dad when chemo made him so sick and also what i think killed him

    October 16, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    Phil giving someone going through chemo a few hits is the least of their woories trust me on this.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. tomcat

    the ny news agencies say this weed wasnt from mexico but was hydro from florida

    October 16, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. okay

    Good..take these dope-heads off the streets !

    October 16, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      why? so you won't haveto see them on your way to the bar to get drunk what a bunch of idiots on here today

      October 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. American

    Marijuana prohibition is deeply rooted in the anti-civil-rights community.
    When it was first prohibited, it was done for only one reason – to have a convenient excuse for the harassment and prosecution of African-Americans – who were just about the only ones using it at the time.
    If MLKjr was still alive, I believe he would have supported Medical Marijuana because he was a pastor who cared for the sick and helpless. And maybe the fact that the law was born of racism might have helped him to oppose it as well.

    Now we have a President who receives racist harassment even though the Civil Rights marches have made racism and other hate crimes illegal.
    The shame of it all is the fact that his Administration's continuation of these blatantly racist and nonsensical laws – even to the new crackdowns and declarations of more by the DEA – is nothing if not a continuation of the racial profiling so prevalent in the so-called Drug War.
    To see Holder in his role doing things that I can only describe as "Uncle Tom" actions against the black community, is reprehensible and disgusting in the extreme.

    Where is the HOPE and CHANGE we all were looking for? Among other things, many of us who voted for the President had definite hopes for COMMON SENSE CHANGES in areas that effect our communities, like the failed Drug War against Medical Marijuana, and an end to racial profiling.
    But what do we see?
    I see "Uncle Tom" policies in play by the Obama Administration – long-standing policies rooted in racism and intolerance, rooted in the hate of freedom and civil rights for all. Pollicies that destroy the poor and disadvantaged communities through the use of brutal police powers that should only be used against real crime and enforced in equal amounts among all.
    President Obama, either you have been "played" by all those powerful and coercive people who surround you, or you are knowingly continuing the failed and racist policies of the past – the policies of the narrow-minded and blatantly racist Republicans who put those laws in place and those powerful shadow lobbies that keep them there.
    I don't know how you personally feel about Marijuana, Mr. President, but I certainly still hope that you are not going to allow a personal bias, if there is one, to hinder the right and proper destruction of racist policies and tendencies within the law enforcement community.
    Medical Marijuana helps thousands if not millions of sick Americans to cope with the suffering and pain of cancer, epilepsy, and other medical issues. These horribly sick and helpless people have no hope for Medical Marijuana if your Administration is just going to act like a bunch of knuckle-draggers and mouth-breathers when it comes to Marijuana laws – like every Administration in the past.
    We wanted change and are still waiting. But these new developments are indicative of an intent by someone in your Administration to continue these blatantly ineffective and oppressive policies.
    Medical Marijuana is a health issue. Drug use is a health issue. The Drug War has never worked. And the only people who do not agree are the ones who love oppressive laws and invasions of privacy. The only ones who want to see Marijuana kept illegal are the ones who hate to see other people having freedom, civil rights, and help from the government.
    Mr. President, I only put this here because I do not trust your government thugs to allow free speech in this area. And CNN is as good a place as any to post my views on this.
    Stop the harassment of people over a medical health issue and stop being one of the oppressors. Or you will not get my vote next time you need it.
    An American Citizen who loves America

    October 16, 2010 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Another tears of a clown

      Okay, faked black dude on a rant! You had me going there until you rewrote history, painted "the man" another color other than white devil, and used "MLKjr"...now go take your meds!

      October 16, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. DeeDee

    KAREEM???? LOLOLOL oh brother, give me a break. That dumb a_ _ _ s these jerks are. I hope they round up every one of them and throw them in a hole darker than a Chilean gold mine. Kareem....LOL What works of art you are.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. wake up

    ICE should be enforcing and deporting illegals,then wasting my tax dollars busting weed growers,they complain they dont have the man power to do their job I see why,they doing the FBI job.big gov,waste of taxpayers if they do the sm

    October 16, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
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