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EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Henchman Trial – The Cocaine Connect Flips and Testifies


(AllHipHop News) Yesterday (May 17) marked the fourth day of testimony in the trial of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, who is currently facing a life sentence, for allegedly heading up a $10 million-a-year cocaine operation.

Federal prosecutors and the DEA accuse Rosemond of masterminding a drug operation that imported hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the New York area and sent the proceeds to the West Coast.

Rosemond has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Yesterday (May 17) in court, Rosemond’s alleged main cocaine connect, Henry “Black” Butler took the stand.

Butler, who appeared in his green prison jumpsuit, is facing 10 years-to-life in prison, after being charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a firearms possession violation, and getting caught with hundreds of ecstasy tabs.

Henry Butler is a Los Angeles gang member, who was arrested in 2010, in Thousand Oaks, California, for his role in the cocaine operation.

Butler, who is married to the sister of Hollywood director Lee Daniels, told prosecutors that James Rosemond was his biggest cocaine customer.

Butler said that he owned an urban event planning company (Mogul Media Group) and had known Rosemond for over 18 years, since 1994.

At that time, Butler said he was working as a road manager for various artists and Rosemond was managing acts as well. The pair was also partnered in the legendary “How Can I Be Down” conferences of the 1990’s.

Their relationship turned into criminal activities in 1995, when Rosemond began ordering hundreds-of-pounds of marijuana from Butler.

The marijuana orders soon turned into small orders of cocaine later that year.

In 1995, Butler said he and Rosemond began selling 2 to 10 kilograms of cocaine in various frequencies, supplied from a connection Butler identified as a man named Adolpho Guzmán.

The cocaine was first sent to Rosemond to New York in a variety of means before they perfected the shipping method.

At first, Butler and an associate would go to Best Buy and buy computer routers, unseal the packages, put the kilos of cocaine inside the router boxes and then re-seal and ship the packages.

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Soon, Butler and an associate began printing their own custom-made router boxes and packaging and sending their cocaine inside of those.

The pair began shipping the kilos of cocaine and money via overnight services, after two criminal associates taught Henry Butler the proper methods of sending the illegal contraband without being detected.

Butler claimed that he and Rosemond regularly transferred hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in cash between each other for large shipments of cocaine.

But in 2010, shortly before Butler’s arrest, the pair decided to scale back the operation.

“He didn’t want to talk on the phone because things were getting hot, and he felt like he was being investigated,” Butler told the jury.

Butler claimed Rosemond began accepting cocaine and shipments of money in Philadelphia, organized by a man named Leonard Bostic.

Butler also claimed the gang used encrypted Blackberrys to send and receive messages, and they almost never spoke on the phone.

After Butler was arrested, he claimed that Rosemond hired an attorney for him, and he was later visited by a private investigator and attorney Jeffery Lichtman, who allegedly passed a note to Butler, containing sensitive information about Butler’s possibility of cooperating with authorities.

This, plus the possibility of life in prison without parole, led Henry Butler to cooperate with authorities.

But, Rosemond’s attorney Gerald Shargel attacked Butler’s credibility, noting that he had already lied about several key factors in the case.

Shargel revealed that Butler also had a Proffer Agreement with authorities that would allow him to receive a reduced prison sentence, if he supplied truthful testimony about Rosemond.

But Butler allegedly lied to agents when he was interviewed, not just once, but several times, in regards to the case.

At first, Butler told prosecutors that he and Rosemond were trafficking much smaller amounts, but those amounts increased as the case continued to build.

Butler said he lied because he wasn’t sure of how much information the government had gathered about the drug gang.

Shargel also revealed that Butler’s agreement with authorities should already be off the table, since he blatantly lied about being a gang member.

During testimony, Henry Butler revealed that he was an “OG” member of the Rolling 60’s Crips in California, a fact that Butler officially denied until last week (May 7).

“Yeah, my voice counted in the neighborhood,” Butler told the jury.

Shargel claimed that Butler has already been caught in several lies and was exaggerating his testimony for a reduced sentence.

Butler said he has met with prosecutors at least 14 times since his arrest, with several sessions dedicated to testifying.

Butler also said that he received documents from Chuck Philips that stated that Rosemond had cooperated with authorities in two separate cases in North Carolina and Florida.

Butler said he ignored the documents, along with a New York Daily News article and continued to do business with Rosemond.

James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond is a well-known urban music executive, who frequently did business with artists like Queen Latifah, Game, Sean Kingston and others.

His company Czar Entertainment managed rapper Game during a violent feud between 50 Cent, G-Unit, and Tony Yayo.

Their feud escalated and ultimately ended in death, when Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher, an associate of Tony Yayo, was allegedly murdered on orders of Rosemond.

Fletcher had been released from prison several months earlier, after serving time for striking Rosemond’s young son.

The incident caused outrage at the time, as well as condemnation from activists like Al Sharpton.

Tony Yayo was put on probation for the incident as well.

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  • so when rosemond was shipping the drugs in these router boxes they failed to report in this article that a bag layer on the outside of the drug was covered in mustard.  dogs could never detect it. i guess it works considering this has been going on since back in ’96 lol!

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

       thats def a long time man …. folks screaming @ jimmy for doing it so long man but that fast money is obviously addicting …. proof is in the pudding …. weed $$$$ is good but that cocaine $$$$$ is great ……………….. its easier said and done ya know …. i def dont need a 10 year run … shit all i need is a good summer of getting that money and im sure i can go legit someway somehow with the proceeds by the end of the year ya know ……………………. but like i said easier said then done ………..

  • rep87

    Interesting case the goverment has flipped alot people to get Jimmy

  • The government can flip anyone & get them to say anything.
    Pressure bust Pipes!
    ” Why go to the pen , when you can tell on a friend?” is their motto!

    Right about now , being a broke , bum…that’s free , is better than being a former baller , turned broke , bum …..that’s doing life in the Bathroom.

  • Mosdaze

    Typical shit

  • I hope these youngins watch and learn from these relatively young men, that a few years of balling isnt worth the remainder of their life in a prison cell. Once gone they’re easily forgotten. Family, friends, associates all move on like you never existed. Dumb niggas!

  • Angelsaint

    thats actually a strong case against Rosemond 

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    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

       first learn from your mistakes and stop buying ish you cant afford to pay back … build a savings before purchasing an home and be patient stack your money and buy your car cash  ….. ride public transportation knowing soon youll be driving in your own car thats paid for … sacrifice and patients …….. now thats some real game for ya and it wont cost ya nothing extra and you wont run into a risk of screwing up your credit all over again 😉

      • ChicagosCaptaiN

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        in this world today, your nothing without credit, you have to crawl before walk.
        Sacrifice and Patients, i agree!

  • toreal

    Crips always snitch. GD’s keep it real all the time.

  • Montezuma1

    Jimmy is done. Anyone who thinks he stands a chance doesn’t understand how the courts work. There’s too many people telling/lying etc on him. He also attempted to flee implying guilt, His brother copped a plea on the same case. His financial dealings were simply asinine. Shargel got anywhere between 300k to 500k to comfort Jimmy because that’s all he’s doing. The worst part is Jimmy has finally been exposed as a RAT. His attorneys can claim he provided false info all they want but true or false he sent people to prison. I’m almost certain when confronted with the fact they were in bed with a rat it became easier for all these vermin to show their true colors.

    • well guess you not following the trial everyone ratted not only him

    • EL_BARK

      What up wit you
      Monte,

      See you still get your lurking on.

    • scullyson

      Look who the F*** it is…LOL….Whatup Mont? Nah but on the real foreal You said a mouth full right there. It aint hard to tell folks…

  • typical cant understand why they get greedy in the end if you dnt turn legit all the way you’re gonna get caught duhhh he should of turned to POlitics lol at least they would of covered his butt bec real big wig dnt like press 

  • bisolabliss

    It’s becoming apparent Chuck Philips is Jimmy’s main antagonist as this case unravels. For every associate that rats on Henchman, a reference is made to Philips. Chuck’s dogged willingness to provide evidence of Jimmy’s past romance with law enforcement is quite impressive actually given the small doses of victory Jimmy’s managed to score against him in the recent past. Hell hath no fury like a white man scorned I guess.

  • EL_BARK

    Read article.

    I said the other day, jimmy fuk with rolling 60 crips,

    So much for ratting on the connect……

    Still think jimmy getting a raw deal,

    Since when do you rat down the ladder?????

  • AKROWDY92

    PROMISED THE PAYBACK JIMMY HENCHMEN IN DUE TIME

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  • Who knew the hardest cat in the game was a middle aged rap manager?  Unfortunately, I don’t believe he will see the light of day with everyone taking deals.  That’s why I always agreed with Treach from Naughty x Nature, “Do My Dirt All By My Lonely”.

  • that nigga in the first pic with jimmy, got his mouth all soured up, tht mufucka broke him down a quick gram bfore the photo op lol

  • Bobby Del Bosque

    what about setting up Tupac, he need to pay for that too!

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