Roc-a-Fella records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke in March 2012 for participating in a massive, $20 million cannabis distribution conspiracy, which included former High Times Magazine ad exec Matthew Woodstock Stang. Biggs has served his time and come home to get it poppin’ in the fashion industry among others. Stang pleaded guilty in April 2013 and was sentenced to time served.
Another player in the lucrative bud business was one Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez (pictured above on the left). Rodriguez-Perez, known on the street as “El Monstro,” headed a “massive” ganja market from the early 1990’s until 2010. Today, the kingpin admitted to ordering numerous hits in Manhattan federal court. The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and ‘fessed up to nine murders and ten attempted murders as a part of that conspiracy.
Biggs, the Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder credited with launching Jay Z to fame, was recorded talking to the self-described “Monster” about marijuana suppliers.
Cops also spotted him loading Rodriguez-Perez’s money into his BMW trunk, the feds alleged in October 2010.
Rodriguez-Perez now faces a potential life sentence for his admitted crimes.