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James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond drug trial day 1: Opening statements

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Almost a year ago to the date, James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond made headlines when he was revealed to be the head of a major cocaine ring, which spanned the United States. Rosemond made a name for himself as an industry executive managing Game and many other big names. However, it was revealed this was all a front for his drug operation, which he ran through Interscope Records’ offices.

Throughout the summer of 2011, Rosemond spoke through his lawyer, denying the allegations against him. Later, through a former employee, Dexter Isaac, it was revealed Henchman, as opposed to members of the Bad Boy Records’ camp, was behind Tupac Shakur being shot in 1994. Henchman also denied this, but none of it mattered, as the case against him was about his drug charges. After evading the police throughout the summer, Jimmy Henchman was eventually arrested.

Jimmy Henchman appeared in court, facing the prosecution who are accusing him of operating a $10 million drug ring, transporting drugs from Los Angeles to New York City through FedEx. Upon arriving in New York City, the drugs were said to be distributed throughout the boroughs of the city. The prosecution said Jimmy Henchman headed the organization from 2007 through 2011 and operated Czar Entertainment and hundreds of other companies as fronts for his operation. Revealing nearly $2 million in drug money had been intercepted by law enforcement, the prosecution said Jimmy Henchman stopped using FedEx.

Gerald Shargel, Jimmy Henchman’s defense attorney, said the problem with the story was that the government was lying and the witnesses have turned on Jimmy Henchman in hopes of being freed from prison. Shargel said his client attempted to cooperate with the government in the past, but they only wanted information on other moguls, such as Diddy and 50 Cent. He claimed they went as far as asking him if he knew who murdered Tupac Shakur.