Hip-Hop Mogul Rosemond Arrested on Drug Trafficking
Just a week after having his name linked to the 1994 assault on rapper Tupac Shakur, hip-hop mogul James Rosemond was arrested in Manhattan Tuesday on drug trafficking charges.
Hiding out at the W New York in Union Square under a false name, Rosemond, 46, is accused of managing a drug ring that circulated large amounts of cocaine into New York City, with profits shipped back to Los Angeles primarily through road cases used by musicians.
The CEO of New York-based Czar Entertainment was ordered held without bail during a court appearance Tuesday in Brooklyn.
Rosemond’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, asserts that Rosemond had been framed.
Lichtman called the charges a “result of witnesses who have been bribed and threatened by the government to implicate Jimmy in the crimes charged,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming, but the government wants a fight so we’ll give them one.”
In 2010, authorities seized a road case loaded with over $790,000, sealed in vacuum-tight bags.
Last week, Rosemond’s name reappeared in headlines when incarcerated prisoner Dexter Isaac, serving time on homicide charges, confessed that Rosemond offered him $2,500 to rob and shoot rapper Tupac Shakur in 1994.
Shakur would survive the assault, which occurred at Manhattan’s Quad Studios, leaving him with serious injuries.