Interscope Records Used as Drug Headquarters
According to federal prosecutors, the Los Angeles offices of Interscope Records were being used as a drug hub, serving as the site for deliveries and pickups of large amounts of cocaine and upwards of $1 million in cash, AllHipHop reports. The powerhouse record label is home to some of music's biggest stars including U2, Lady Gaga, M.I.A. and Eminem.
The discovery came as part of the ongoing investigation of James "Jimmy Henchmen" Rosemond, the CEO of Czar Entertainment and manager of rapper Game. The DEA alleges that Rosemond used the offices as a point of transit for the shipment to transport large music cases full of cocaine to New York. The drugs were then unloaded, distributed and the cash was shipped back across the country in the road cases.
Investigators claim that in addition to using Interscope Records as a front, Rosemond also used Rock It Cargo to disguise the drugs as legitimate musical freight. According to MTV, Rosemond and his crew also used mustard to conceal the smell of cocaine from drug-sniffing dogs.
Rosemond has been charged with 18 felony counts and is being held in Metropolitan Correctional Center without bail. Even in the face of a failing music industry, drug trafficking is still a bad idea.