Former Jay-Z business associate and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is headed to jail for over 48 months on a drug trafficking conviction.
The troubled rap executive received a five-year jail sentence on Monday (June 4).
An ex-pal of rapper Jay-Z was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana. Kareem (Biggs) Burke, 38, was snared in a federal drug sting called “Operation Green Venom,” which targeted a trafficking ring that controlled most of the wholesale pot market in the city. More than 50 people were arrested. Burke told Manhattan Federal Court Judge Loretta Swain that she would never see him again in court. “Nothing personal, but I’m going to keep you to that promise,” Swain said. Burke co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in the 1990s. The trio parted ways in 2004.
Back in March, Burke pleaded guilty in the drug trafficking case.
A former Jay-Z business partner who invested in Roc-A-Fella Records pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a massive marijuana trafficking ring, federal prosecutors said. Kareem (Biggs) Burke, 38, faces five to six years in prison during his sentencing May 18 for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana, said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Under the plea deal, Burke agreed to forfeit cash, his house and a BMW, Bharara said.