Feds Bearing Down On Death Row

"Suge" Knight calls allegations "the most outrageous story I have ever heard."

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.

ATN

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."