Record Label with Ties to Joell Ortiz and Akon Raided for Drug Distribution

joell-ortiz.jpgOn Monday (March 19), prosecutors announced an ongoing drug investigation involving New Jersey based record label Block Royal. The label was founded by Robert “Screw” Montanez, who was slain in 2004 while trying to prevent the armed robbery of rapper Capone of Capone-N-Noriega. Montanez was the former manager of singer Akon, and Aftermath Entertainment’s Joell Ortiz is known to be affiliated with the label. According to NorthJersey.com, raids by police on the label’s Jersey City recording studio turned up 700 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of over $70,000, several handguns and $30,000 in cash. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward J. De Fazio commented that despite Block Royal’s ties to legitimate recording artists, “for all intents and purposes, it was a front for their drug distribution business.” De Fazio’s office worked in conjunction with Jersey City Police and the DEA on the investigation, which was dubbed “Operation Royal Flush.” Over a three month period, police gathered wiretap and surveillance evidence on the organization, and have since arrested 24 people on various state and federal drug charges. “Based on the amount we confiscated, it is clear this was a large-scale wholesale distribution network,” De Fazio said. “These were fellows dealing in large amounts of drugs, and they were dealing to top distributors.”

  • Dr Flav

    Less than a bird is major distribution? LOL You cant get 70k off 28 ozos, even if you piece it out in small packs, unless you jewin cats @ least thats what I heard…

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    Flav … you broke that down real nice … you must be into pharmaceuticals, that’s where the “Dr.” comes in right?

    that 70K is bullshit. I think they wanted to hit the 100K number with the bust 70K plus 30K in cash. It makes it look like a larger bust than it really was. Shiiiit, they put in 3 months of work on this which pro’lly cost them just about 100K in resources and man-power. They had to make the bust come out to more than they spent on the operation.

    Operation Inflation Royal Flush

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Real talk is that powder yayze doesn’t cost $100 per gram. There is something screwy about those numbers, but when the Feds come calling you gon’ have to open the door anyhoo.

    Also Flav, 700 grams = 25 Z’s total. 1 Z = 28 grams

    AND… who still smokes crack? Them niggas need to clone a crackheads DNA because they ass should have been expired by now. Heroin is what’s up.

  • Tha yung nigga

    What do you mutha fuckas think some of the biggest stars would not have made it if someone was not selling drugs.All them big white people put that shit out there anyway so you can go threw shit like this.C’mon man a fuckin machine makes money and then Cracker Boy burns it.Common sence THEY WANT YOU TO SUFFER.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    ^Billy Sunday gets skied up from the feet up.

  • Dr Flav

    M.E.O. I plead the fifth for past tense purposes, lol but you have a point, considering in TN now they tax dope, meaning you have to pay a set tax on each gram you get caught with. Sunday, Its all estimates playa. I know its 700/28=oz wt, (30×28=$840) but Im typing on a cellphone. Im leaving this thread now before them folk decide to pay me attention.

  • M.O.

    “AND… who still smokes crack? Them niggas need to clone a crackheads DNA because they ass should have been expired by now. Heroin is what’s up.”

    youre so fuckin stupid it aint even funny

  • texasjay

    They should of listened to B.I.G.

  • wong pow

    700 grams of crack even if its less than a bird still life in prison (dope boys please meet coke boys) less of a penalty

  • Texas

    Life goes on

  • the blackman

    god is good>>>>>>>the devil’s a liar satan’s a bitch>>>>>the blackman@cdbaby.com

  • the blackman

    god is good>>>>>>>the devil’s a liar satan’s a bitch>>>>>the blackman@cdbaby.com

  • lex

    fuk tha bull they all gonna get hit heavy ….
    oficial state property
    my dude chunky just came home now he go str8t back…
    shyt happens….