Former Jay-Z Partner Arrested on Marijuana Drug Ring

Published October 17, 2010

Kareem "Biggs" Burke, Jay-Z and Dame Dash's former partner in Roc-A-Fella Records, is one of 43 people arrested for alleged involvement in a New York City marijuana ring.

According to the NY Daily News, the operation was called "Green Venom" and controlled the pot market in the city. The Feds also took $1 million in cash and 177 pounds of weed in the bust.

"This isn't just a group that controlled one block, one neighborhood," Jim Hayes, a Homeland Security special agent, told the Daily News. "They dominated the wholesale marijuana market in New York for 20 years."

Biggs' alleged role in the ring has yet to be revealed. Feds also arrested Geovanny (Manny) Rodriguez Perez, the alleged head of the operation, and Matt Stang, an ad executive for popular marijuana magazine, High Times.

Written by Carl Chery, BET.com staff

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