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Interscope responds to drugs network claims

By | Published on Monday 19 September 2011

Interscope Records

Universal Music’s Interscope division has responded to those reports last week that its offices were used as a distribution point in the drugs ring network alleged to have been run by James Rosemond, the boss of Czar Entertainment and manager of Interscope artist Game.

As previously reported, papers seen by The Smoking Gun website claim Rosemond’s people would drop off and pick up flight cases containing cocaine and/or cash at the Universal subsidiary’s offices as they moved drugs and money around the US. It seems that the offices used were Interscope’s main HQ in LA, and not its New York base as previously reported here, with the label’s West Coast office allegedly a key hub for getting drugs over to the East Coast.

Interscope’s statement focused in the main on assumptions by some parties that it, or some of its staff members, may have been knowingly involved in the drugs distribution network. The release stresses that this was not the case, that the authorities have said so, and that neither Interscope nor its parent company Universal Music Group are part of any drugs investigations being conducted in New York.

Says the statement: “Interscope Records has been informed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices. Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Records are a subject or target of the investigation. UMG and Interscope will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney’s Office regarding this matter”.