Kareem “Biggs” Burke Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A judge rings up the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder for his role in multi-million dollar drug operations.

Posted: 06/05/2012 12:10 PM EDT
Kareem "Biggs" Burke

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder and Jay-Z's former business partner Kareem "Biggs" Burke was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, reports New York Daily News.

Burke was one of 50 people caught up in "Operation Green Venom," a federal drug sting that targeted a drug trafficking ring in New York City. The usually low-key member of the threefold Roc-A-Fella ownership structure (along with Jay and Damon Dash) pleaded guilty to marijuana distribution charges in March. He was finally sentenced yesterday for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana.

Prosecutors claimed that marijuana was being grown in Florida and California and later smuggled into New York. Biggs was caught at a grow house on wiretap discussing illegal activities.

During his sentencing Biggs promised Manhattan Federal Court Judge Loretta Swain that she would never see him in court again. She replied, "Nothing personal, but I'm going to keep you to that promise."

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