Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 11:24 am
Damn this looks like a pretty official operation. Cop the blow for cheap in Cali and then mail it to NYC where the coke is worth more and flip that sh*t. Then send the money back to LA mixed in with a bunch of mustard so the dogs can’t smell it. Plus they were sending batches of cash with half mill in them so they were definitely dealing with a decent amount of weight. Twenty bucks says Game name drops the hell out of this whole situation in order to appear more gangster. According to The Smoking Gun:
The Drug Enforcement Administration probe that has ensnared a well-known rap music manager is focusing on the shipment of kilos of cocaine from Los Angeles to New York by a narcotics ring that stashed the drug in “road cases” delivered to recording studios.
Payment for the cocaine was sent back to the West Coast in vacuum-sealed packages that were coated with mustard, the pungent smell of which was intended to conceal from drug-sniffing dogs the scent of narcotics on the currency.
To date, the ongoing investigation–which is being overseen by prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn–has resulted in felony charges against about six defendants, several of whom are connected to the rap music industry.
Additionally, an arrest warrant has been issued for James Rosemond, the manager who represents the L.A. rapper The Game.
The DEA probe began in late-2009 when agents discovered that members of the narcotics ring were sending kilos of cocaine from L.A. to New York City via overnight delivery services like Federal Express. In return, packages of cash were being sent to Mail Boxes Etc. locations in L.A., where they were picked up by the cocaine suppliers.
At one point, federal agents seized three Federal Express boxes containing a total of $452,270 in cash that had been picked up by Maynard Coleman, an alleged member of the drug trafficking ring, at a Beverly Hills mail drop. The currency was found inside plastic bags that were “filled with yellow mustard,” according to an affidavit sworn by Agent Steven Miller.
During subsequent surveillance, Coleman was spotted driving on two different occasions to Mail Boxes Etc. with Henry Butler, whom the DEA identified as one of the ring’s principal cocaine suppliers. Miller reported that investigators last July recovered five kilos of cocaine that Butler sought to mail with the aid of Coleman (who says he works as a “producer/engineer” for Malibu Music Co.) and an unidentified woman.
In a sworn affidavit, DEA Agent Arthur Tracy described how members of the narcotics ring transitioned from using Federal Express to move its cocaine to shipping narcotics “in ‘road cases’ that normally store music equipment to various music studios in New York City.” Then, once “Abdullah or his underlings retrieved the road cases from the studios and distributed the cocaine in New York, they would then transport millions of dollars of proceeds from narcotics sales in road cases to music studios in Los Angeles.”