James Rosemond Pleads Not Guilty, Held Without Bail
After being arrested yesterday morning (June 21) following a month long pursuit, Czar Entertainment CEO and longtime manager of The Game, James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, pleaded not guilty to several charges stemming from his alleged involvement with a cocaine distribution ring.
Accoding to the Wall Street Journal, Rosemond has been charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, witness tampering and obstruction of justice. He is currently being held without bail.
Rosemond is being accused of leading a “large-scale, bi-coastal narcotics trafficking organization that shipped cocaine” across the U.S., in the process distributing “hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2008 and generated millions of dollars through its narcotics sales,” according to a 21 page federal complaint.
“This indictment was built on the backs of witnesses that have been threatened and bribed by federal prosecutors,” his attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, told the WSJ. And I plan to expose all of it. If the government wants a fight, they’re going to get a fight.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky argued for no bail for Rosemond, alleging that he was arrested with a “fugitive’s tool kit” on him.
At the time of his arrest, Rosemond was carrying five Blackberry phones, an iPad and two false driver’s licenses. Rosemond had also applied for a fast passport using one of the false licenses, and was trying to obtain an airplane ticket to the Bahamas for June 24, Kaminsky said.
As XXLMag.com previously reported, Rosemond was arrested on June 21, after a foot chase in Gramercy section of Manhattan.
Mr. Lichtman said that it might have appeared like Rosemond was fleeing because he has been harassed for three years. “I don’t blame him for being anxious,” Mr. Lichtman said.
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as more on this story develops. —Martin Spasov