Czar Entertainment chief arrested over drug operation claims

By | Published on Thursday 23 June 2011

James Rosemond

The boss of New York-based music company Czar Entertainment, James Rosemond, has been arrested over allegations he ran a lucrative drug trafficking ring. We knew an arrest warrant was out for the hip hop mogul, and yesterday agents for the US Drug Enforcement Agency found him in a popular Manhattan hotel.

Rosemond did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge yesterday, but his legal rep told reporters his client had been “framed”, adding that the charges were “the result of witnesses who have been bribed and threatened by the government to implicate Jimmy in the crimes charged. It’s been a long time coming, but the government wants a fight so we’ll give them one”. The hip hop man faces a life sentence if found guilty of running the drugs operation.

As previously reported, shortly after reports of his arrest warrant first surfaced, Rosemond published a rambling response in which, among other things, he accused some former associates of being police informants helping to manufacture a case against him.

That included one time friend Dexter Isaac, who subsequently issued his own statement claiming Rosemond had paid him in 1994 to rob rapper Tupac Shakur, an incident that led in the late rapper being shot. Isaac, who is in prison serving time for unrelated crimes, also implied Rosemond knew more about the fatal shooting of Tupac two years later than he has ever previously admitted. Rosemond’s legal rep has denied Isaac’s claims also.