A well-known hip hop talent agent who has managed the likes of rappers Wyclef Jean and Akon, has been arrested and charged with running a cocaine trafficking ring that spanned both the East and West coast.
According to police, DEA agents apprehended James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond Tuesday as he was walking out of the W Hotel in Union Square. After spotting officers, Rosemond made a run for it but was later captured a few blocks away on 21st Street and Park Ave.
Rosemond has been a wanted fugitive since May when he was accused of drug trafficking by the Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said.
Rosemond, 46, is the owner of Czar Entertainment and has managed talent such as Brandy and Akon.
The US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn has charged the mogul with planning the delivery of drugs from Los Angeles to New York City. The delivery is believed to have been hundreds of kilos of cocaine that were sometimes covered in mustard to ward off drug-sniffing dogs.
The DEA investigation also had the help of two informants who were high-ranking members of James Rosemond's organization.
The feds say that the drug-trafficking ring originally used commercial shipping companies to send the drugs and then expanded to more elaborate methods. Sometimes the drugs were even hidden inside music equipment containers. Feds found one such music case last winter containing almost $800,000 in a New York City recording studio.
Rosemond used his Czar Entertainment business as a cover for the drug-trafficking ring in order to ship drugs and money from coast to coast.
While on the lam, Rosemond stopped using his cell phone and began using pay phones for communication. He also had encrypted e-mail systems to send messages on a BlackBerry.
Rosemond's arrest comes just a week after Dexter Issac, who is serving life in prison for a different crime in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, claimed to have been commissioned by Rosemond to shoot Tupac Shakur in 1994. "I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Jimmy Henchman]," said Isaac.
Isaac, 46, claims that Rosemond paid him $2,500 for the near-fatal attack on Tupac. Tupac later died in another shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, which sky-rocketing the East-West hip-hop war. The war hit its breaking point in 1997 when Christopher Wallace, The Notorious B.I.G. was shot dead in Los Angeles. Both murders are still unsolved.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun