In news that should come as a surprise to no one, for hip-hop promoter cum drug kingpin James "Jimmy the Henchman" Rosemond, was sentenced to life in prison for smuggling vast amounts of cocaine into New York City, sometimes by concealing it in music equipment cases. James was found guilty of narcotics conspiracy and other charges last year.
Prosecutor Todd Kaminsky told U.S. District Judge John Gleeson that Rosemond, 48, brazenly demonstrated his disregard for the law by continuing his trafficking operation even after he learned he was under investigation. The defendant used the proceeds to buy multiple homes, luxury cars and a six-figure sound system for his Brooklyn loft. "About every stereotype you can think of about a drug kingpin was reflected in how he lived," Kaminsky said. Gleeson said he would have put Rosemond behind bars for life even if it wasn't required by law. "You chose that life and this is the punishment you get," the judge said. Both Rosemond and his lawyer declined to address the court before the sentence was announced. Prosecutors had accused Rosemond, founder of Czar Entertainment, of using a variety of methods to smuggle cocaine from Los Angeles to New York. Some of it was shipped in overnight packages slathered in mustard to throw off drug-sniffing dogs. Rosemond later devised a system that allayed his worries about using the overnight services by hiding the drugs in the music equipment cases and sending them to New York music studios, prosecutors said. The cases were then shipped back to Los Angeles packed with cash. In 2011, agents seized a road case containing $790,000 packaged in vacuum-sealed plastic in $100,000 bundles, prosecutors said. The seizure prompted Rosemond to switch tactics, stashing drugs in hidden compartments in cars that were transported from coast to coast. Lawyers for Rosemond claimed he was framed by members of his crew who pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him. They included a Los Angeles dealer who admitted supplying more than 200 pounds to the ring over a two-year period. Before the sentencing, the judge denied a motion to give Rosemond a new trial. His attorney had argued that the jury was tainted by unsubstantiated reports linking the defendant to an unsolved shooting that wounded legendary rapper Tupac Shakur.Things could get worse for Jimmy Henchman. He is still awaiting trial for having Lowell Fletcher, an associate of 50 Cent, murdered. Lowell admitted to slapping Jimmy's then 14-year-old son on a NYC sidewalk in 2007. Lowell served two years in jail for the slap-ation. He was gunned down two weeks after his release. If found guilty of this conspiracy charge, Jimmy Henchman could face the death penalty. And let's not forget that other allegation that he paid a man $2500 to shoot Tupac. Messy.