Not only did Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight have to spend Christmas
in jail, but word came yesterday that Federal investigators are stepping up
their efforts to build a racketeering case against the Label That Suge Built.
According to a Sunday Los Angeles Times report, officials are trying to
build the case by investigating alleged links between Death Row and the Bloods
street gang, drug traffickers and East Coast organized crime figures.
has previously reported that Death Row was being investigated for alleged ties
to an L.A. street gang around the time of Tupac Shakur's murder in September of
this year and the Times story confirms that the label has been under
close surveillance for several months, even though U.S. Justice Department
officials will neither confirm or deny it.
Ironically, though, a law
enforcement source did tell the Times that the probe involves
"phone-tapping and the use of agents from the FBI, the Internal Revenue
Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Drug Enforcement
Administration, as well as police in Los Angeles and Las Vegas," the city in
which Tupac was shot.
From his jail cell, Knight, who is currently
awaiting sentencing for a probation violation, denied the allegations, saying,
"This is the most outrageous story I have ever heard. A black brother from
Compton creates a company that helps people in the ghetto, so what does the
government do? They try to bring him down."