James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond was once a big-time music mogul who managed the careers of Brandy and Game, but on Tuesday (June 5), he was found guilty on all charges that he ran a drug-trafficking ring, AllHipHop is reporting.
Rosemond’s defense team has always maintained his innocence, but federal prosecutors won convictions on all 13 indictments, including cocaine distribution, conspiracy, money laundering, firearms possession and witness tampering.
As the CEO of Czar Entertainment, Rosemond oversaw the careers of high-profile musicians, actors and sports figures, but federal prosecutors charged that it was all a front for a bicoastal, $10 million-a-year drug organization that moved money and narcotics from New York to California. The feds said Jimmy’s organization used “road cases” typically used to transport musical equipment to move drugs. Vacuum-sealed bags and mustard were also used to conceal the smell from drug-sniffing dogs.
“James Rosemond never touched a kilo of cocaine,” defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said during the trial’s opening statements. ”He is not that kingpin that the government says he was.”
Warrants were issued for Rosemond’s arrest in May 2011, and he remained on the lam until he was arrested in New York City a month later after he led U.S. Marshals and DEA agents on a foot race across several Manhattan blocks . He immediately entered a not-guilty plea. The trial began May 15 and lasted a little less than a month. Rosemond now faces life in prison and will be sentenced at a later date.