Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Arrested in Federal Drug Bust

Kareem “Biggs” Burke—the silent co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Jay-Z and Damon Dash—was arrested today (October 15) in a federal drug sweep spanning New York to South Florida.

According to the New York Post, Biggs, was among 43 people cuffed for their involvement in a massive drug distribution network, headed by Geovanny “Manny” Rodriguez Perez.

Special agent Jim Hayes, who is in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Post that Perez “controlled the marijuana market in NYC.”

Mattew Stang, a writer and ad rep for pot publication, High Times, was also cuffed in the bust.

As of press time Biggs’s alleged role in the network is unknown and he has yet to comment on the arrest.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as more details are revealed. —Elan Mancini

  • G.Dope

    Oufff, thats a hefty charge forsomebody this big with cash, thats tha last thing on yo mind is getting duged for it.! good luck Nik,

  • John Cochran

    No wonder you havent heard from him since the Roc split. He been hustlin. Let’s see how long it takes Jay to mention this in a verse.

    • DV8

      when have we EVER heard anything from Biggs? Seriously I dont ever recall him saying anything on record, video, or print.

      Badboys move in silence for real.

  • Peso

    I bet hella peeps dont even know who dude is unless you a real hip-hop head like myself or been following Rocafella from day one…Hov been shouting him out for years in his music

    Jay-Z “Pop 4 Roc” from Vol. 3 (1999)

    We don’t engage in war we elope
    Orange juice style beat niggas to a pulp
    We broke nigga you just told 3 jokes
    Me, “Biggs”, and Dame we get some things
    See the six dames me and “Biggs” live in the Range
    Mine’s platinum his Champagne

    just 4 the dudes that dont know

  • Sha

    Yall can say what yall want. But Jay-Z is coming off LIKE A GENIUS for cutting ties with his previous associates. It kind of reminds me of the same way Dr. Dre came off when Suge got into all of that drama after Dre left.

    They say that usually before the shit goes down, everyone are presented with “signs” that tell you to remove yourself from certain situations. Most of us ignore those signs (I’ve even been guilty of ignoring those signs).

    For those that ignore those signs (Big,Pac,) the repercussions are tremendous. But every now and then the warnings become so loud that they can’t be ignored.

    Cats cry about how Jay did his partners. Well explain this…. Why are they sinking and Jay is floating? Seems to me if you were done wrong or if you were the mastermind behind something you would continue with minimal obstacles.

    Like 50 with Young Buck. Like it or not, Young Buck sunk and 50 is floating. Dr Dre is floating and Suge sunk. Pete Rock floated and CL sunk. Beyonce is floating and Destiny’s Child sunk. I could go on and on….

    Now the interesting part is how this will play out. Because something is telling me that the government is REALLY REALLY REALLY after Jay-Z. Because if it can be proved he started his first company with drug money, they will come after him (although I’m not too sure about this theory).

    • John Cochran

      Yo, I bet Jay Z aint sold a bag in like 15 years, the statute of limitations been up on that shit. And just because one person out of a group stayed in the spotlight and the others didnt don’t mean they “sunk”. All them chicks that was in Destiny’s Child probably got more money than everybody who just posted a comment on this combined.

      • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

        “Pete Rock floated and CL sunk.”

        ^ this guy here…c’mon son…bad example

        “Cats cry about how Jay did his partners. Well explain this…. Why are they sinking and Jay is floating?”

        ^ wow

        * closes firefox *

        • Sha

          @Don mcCaine…..

          Yeah… I think these were relevant examples. All of the above separated because of jealousy and money. Money is Business. Business is money. And if you can’t do business because of jealousy, you belong in this category.

          Why shouldn’t they be included? Better yet, what are some better examples that you have?

    • Kev

      Sha just throwing out random shit about splits.

      *Dre leaving Death Row = Good example. Suge was off into some crazy shit that was never gonna end good so he bounced.

      *Pac was in the point of no return from the day he rode for Death Row so he never had a chance.

      *Big didn’t really do nothin to deserve what happened to him.

      *Pete Rock bounced from CL Smooth because their shit was tanking. Nobody bought Main Ingredient because their shit was grounded in ’92 hip hop and the West Coast sound was blowed up.

      *Beyonce’s dad had a plan of getting her solo all along so it’s not like nobody saw that comin. Don’t split your loot with 2 other bitches if you don’t need to.

      *50 ditched Buck because he didn’t contribute shit and he’s running his mouth too much.

      And the feds would have investigated Roc in 99 if they were ever going to. There must not have been anything there because you know hip hop cops woulda swooped on it.

      • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

        @ Sha

        If heads REALLY listened to CL, you could hear the difference of opinions. Some n^ggaz ain’t with the shenanigans. It don’t mean they “sunk” yo. You don’t think CL couldn’t have got beats from the next man and kept going?

        “*Pete Rock bounced from CL Smooth because their shit was tanking. Nobody bought Main Ingredient because their shit was grounded in ‘92 hip hop and the West Coast sound was blowed up.”

        ^ no-sign

        Pete had 2 solo joints after and did an InI album with ferocious beats. Go back and listen to ‘Main Ingredient’. It can be debated as being superior to ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’.

  • FBI Boss

    Don’t you worry. I am already after Jay-Z and I will catch him. Support me pls.

    Yours truly

    FBI Boss

  • Rick Ross

    Finna take these niggas to lockup
    ROZAYYYYYYYY

  • M. Baby!

    Damn Biggs…now u see why “Hov had to get the shallow shit up off him…”

  • Atlanta is Full Of Fruits

    It was all good just a week ago……. Dayum.

  • narry

    Witch Hunt Pure & simple

    • Capital G

      Nah, no witch hunt. Biggs got bagged a couple years ago when his hydro set-up leaked through the floor in that high rise he lived in in Fort Lee. No one ever heard the end result so the FEDS probably sat back and watched for a few years and presto… an indictment with his name on it. Sucks either which way. Not like he was pushing hard or dope, mad people put it in the air like it’s legal, don’t mean the shit is though.

  • alderman j

    All you have to do is look on the back of all of jay z early albums, BIGGS executive produced them joints along with DAME AND JAY, same with DIPSET first album and COME HOME WITH ME!! Know ur history!!!

  • Atlanta Is Full Of Fruits

    The lawyer I retained you said you leakin some things
    All this after a week in the bang
    I’m mad at myself cause I didn’t spot the weak and lame
    I woulda bet the house you wouldn’t speak a thang
    Nigga this was the oath, to the top of broke
    Even pricked our finger, anything that got between us
    we sposed to cock the ninas, what happened to that?
    Instead you copped out to a misdemeanor
    Fuck it, the same thing make you laugh make you cry
    That’s right, the same game that make you mad could make you die
    It’s a dice game, and sometimes you crap
    Who woulda thought you’d get popped one time and rap?
    Now you know that’s bad when your sister is mad
    and your son gotta grow up like, “This is my dad?”
    The labelling of a snitch is a lifetime scar
    You’ll always be in jail nigga, just minus the bars

  • Atlanta Is Full Of Fruits

    Like I put the toast to your head and made you sell
    We both came in this game, blind as hell
    I did a little better, had more clientele
    Told you put away some cheddar now you cryin for bail
    Seventeen and I’m holdin on to around a mill
    I could bail out and blow trial and come around on the pill
    Had niggaz thinkin I was from Uptown for real
    I had so much hustle plus I was down to ill
    Like a Brooklyn nigga, straight out of Brownsville
    Down and dirty, down to fight the round thirty
    Freezin on them corners still holdin my crack
    Lookin up and down the block, the fuck is the dough at?
    Came from flat broke to lettin the dough stack
    You tell them feds I said I’m never goin back
    I’m from Marcy, and Marcy don’t raise no rats
    You know the consequences of your acts, you can’t be serious

  • Atlanta Is Full Of Fruits

    Growin up in the hood just my dog and me
    We used to hustle in the hood for, all to see
    Problems, I called on him, he called on me
    We wasn’t quite partners, I hit him off my P
    Met him unlocked doors, off my keys
    Yeah we spoke, much more than cordially
    Man he broke bread with me, my business spread swiftly
    The Feds came to get me, we both fled quickly
    Wasn’t quick enough to jump over the hedges with me
    Got caught, and that’s when our relationship strayed
    Used to call me from the joint til he ran out of change
    And when he called collect and I heard his name
    I quickly accepted, but when I reached the phone
    he’s talkin reckless, I can sense deceit in his tone
    I said, “Damn dawg, what, nine weeks and you’re home?”
    He said, “Main man, you think shit’s sweet cause you’re home.”
    I just sat, spat no more speech in the phone
    The crackers up there bleachin your dome, you’re reachin
    I said, “The world don’t stop I’ve got to keep keep on.”
    From there I sensed the beef was on
    I ran to the spy store to add some more features on my phone
    To see if I had bugs and leeches on my phone
    Can’t be too safe cause niggaz is two-faced
    And they show the other side when they catch a new case
    It’s on

  • @B_WIZZ78/TWITTER

    [Jay-Z]
    A hundred million to the good and I’m still talking Yayo,
    at a snails pace I won this race that y’all trail,
    uh, blueprints for sale,
    follow in my footprints you can’t fail,
    set sail, I used to duck shots but now I eat quail,
    I probably never see jail,
    each tale contains more of da truth,
    of the statue allows me to go into detail,

    uh, close your eyes you can smell,
    Hov’s the audio equivalent of braille,
    thats why the feel me in the favela’s in Brazil
    and waterhouse cos real recognise real,
    rrrahhhh

  • whattheproblemis

    so the nigga was moving pounds of that good shit, what the problem is?!

    • Negros Stay Losing

      The Problem is, You Negros Stay Losing.

      • Ffffffffuuuuucccckkkkkk Yooooouuuu

        Racist faggot! Eat shit whiteboy.

  • Confused Fan

    Didn’t Biggs Die?!?!? I thought he died before the break up?!?!?!?!

  • Confused Fan

    Didn’t Biggs Die?!?!? I thought he died before the break up?!?!?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/Jamal7Mile Jamal7Mile

    Yup, Jay-Z moving on is starting to look more and more like something he HAD to do. As soon as that Hard Knock Life money started rolling in, Jay said fuck the bullshit! Time to clean up!

    I’ll be damned, I ain’t mad at Jay no more!

  • Roc Fan

    Biggs brother died.

  • Q461

    Yeah it is kinda crazy. I always thought Biggs was the quiet nigga just countin stacks.He’s def looking at some time here. Fed drug charge aint no joke.

    Honestly if Hov mentions this in a rhyme, thats wack. He’s gotta remember he didnt get to where he is without help. Without Dame and Biggs, who knows if Jay would have ever broke through. Niggas gotta remember at the time, NO RECORD LABEL wanted to sign Jay, so they made their own label.

    In any case i wish the homie Biggs good luck in his situation.

  • Jay-Z

    I snitched on this nigga. Roc Nation bitch!

    • Biggs

      Watch yo back!

      • Jay-Z

        Hit yo ass with this bottle of Spades. It’s the ROC!

  • http://amtraxsvblog.blogspot.com/ Tori

    Its a recession. people gotta get that bread

    • Anonymous

      coon ass nigga defendin drug dealers

  • myronallen

    yeah for some reason I don’t find this to surprising but I wish he could of avoided this.

  • BeerGangsta

    Biggs was not a quite storm on the streets!! When come to Hustling on the streets!! J its a good thing you got Beyonce,Kayne on your team. J is a Billionaire don’t need to sell Drugs!! Dame is in his own lane!! Dame is still that Legal Hustler!!

  • ELBINO JOE

    HAHAHA!! THE NEWYORK WEED GAME DONE DRIED UP NOW…HAHA NEWYORK NIGGAS IS GONE BE SMOKIN DIRT WEED NOW..HAHAHA BETTA COME TO CALI..HAHAHA….ANYWAYS NEWYORK NEVER HAD GOOD WEED!!!YALL DONT KNOW ABOUT OG KUSK…OR OG PURPLE KUSH..THAT SHIT YOU HIT AND BLOW YO MIND INTO ANOTHER MONTH…CALI NIGGAS “SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY” (NATE DOGG VOICE)…OH YEA…KAREEM=REAL HUSTLA..JAY Z=NEVER HUSTLED IN HIS LIFE..HE A GREAT STORY TELLER LIKE BIGGIE…ALL FAKE NEWYORK RAPPERS

    • ye4h

      more like elbino hoe

  • GSIDE

    It’s only weed the farm only get’s you five years.

    • Atlanta Is Full Of Fruits

      Only 5 years huh?

  • @Ffffffffuuuuucccckkkkkk Yooooouuuu

    You Negros STAY Losing…….

    ~Negros Stay Losing.

  • @Ffffffffuuuuucccckkkkkk Yooooouuuu

    You Negros STAY Losing……………..

    ~Negros Stay Losing.