Roc-A-Fella Founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke Pleads Guilty: Faces Five Years In Prison


Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke has pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Criminal Court, for his role in a massive marijuana ring.

Burke appeared in court yesterday (March 15) in Manhattan Federal Court, where he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute, more than 100 kg of marijuana.

Federal authorities connected Burke to a massive marijuana trafficking ring that involved over 50 people.

“With Kareem Burke’s guilty plea today, another member of this sprawling marijuana trafficking ring stands convicted,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told in a press release. “We will continue to pursue and punish those who traffic in illegal drugs.”

Burke was arrested in October of 2010, after federal authorities connected him to three separate, but interconnected marijuana trafficking cells.

The network distributed the marijuana to customers in Florida, New York and New Jersey.

According to federal authorities, most of the organization was based in Florida, but they also bought marijuana from growers in California.

When Burke was arrested, police found the remains of a marijuana growing operation, as well as $15,000 in cash.

The 38-year-old, who founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in 1995, faces the mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

In addition to the prison sentence, Burke must forfeit his $660,000 residence in New Jersey, a 2010 BMW and the $15,000 in cash that was seized.

Kareem “Biggs” Burke will be sentenced by Judge Laura Taylor Swain on May 18, at 12:00 PM.