Jimmy Henchman

EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Henchman Trial Day 9 – Former Drug Associates Cooperate; Wear Wires

(AllHipHop News) The ninth day of testimony in the cocaine trial of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond continued on May 30, with testimony from a former associate, who set the Hip-Hop mogul up for DEA agents.

Winston Harris, 49, was considered an inside member of the Rosemond Organization, which prosecutors claim dealt tens-of-millions of dollars worth of cocaine annually in the New York area.

Winston Harris was arrested 2010 for his role in the organization, which included purchasing narcotics, arranging shipments and loaning hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in drug proceeds to members.

Harris, who admitted he was flat broke, eventually reached an agreement with the government.

James Rosemond

James Rosemond

Harris agreed to wear a video wire in his baseball cap, which allowed agents to monitor a drug transaction between himself, another individual named Jason Williams and James Rosemond.

A portion of the video was played in court, along with audio recorded by another confidential informant working for the government.

Harris also admitted that he made firearm purchases for Rosemond, who allegedly instructed him to drop the guns off in Queens, New York, to a man named Rodney “Torae” Johnson.

Rodney Johnson and Brian Mcleod are charged with the murder of Lowell “Lodi Mac” Fletcher, who was convicted of striking Rosemond’s young son during an altercation with Tony Yayo from G-Unit.

DEA case agent Steven Miller then took the stand and testified that he led the investigation for the agency, since 2008.

Miller said the investigation into the Rosemond Organization started in 2008, with the arrest of a man named Aaron Ferguson.

Ferguson was arrested in 2008, but it wasn’t until a year later that agents would get a breakthrough, with the arrest of a suspect named Muhammad “Teff” Stewart.

Muhammad "Teff" Stewart

Muhammad “Teff” Stewart

Stewart, who hails from Staten island, was arrested in 2009 and began cooperating immediately.

When DEA agents arrested him he was carrying $77,000 in cash and a 9mm pistol.

Before an agreement was even signed, Stewart agreed to call Rosemond and another suspect in the case, Henry “Black” Butler, while agents listened in.

By that time, Stewart was in full cooperation with the government and began recording calls between himself and his former cronies.

The DEA testified that they were going to send Stewart to a Floyd Mayweather fight in May of 2010, in hopes of gathering information on Rosemond, but the plan fell through.

Stewart also went to Los Angeles with agents to make a controlled purchase of cocaine, but he was unsuccessful in his attempt.

On July 3, 2010, DEA agents took pictures of members of the drug gang gathered at a wake for Rosemond’s mother.

Henry "Black" Butler

Henry “Black” Butler

Like all the previous witnesses, both Winston Harris and Muhammad Stewart have agreements with the government.

Harris admitted that he met with prosecutors 11 times and under the terms of this deal, he will face no charges and will not have to forfeit any drug proceeds.

In regards to the guns, on cross-examination, Rosemond’s attorney Gerald Shargel made Harris admit that it was another conspirator, Khalil Abdullah, who paid for the firearms.

James Rosemond’s publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez said that she believed the government had not connected her client to the conspiracy.

“The government still hasn’t proved Jimmy is guilty. The only thing they’ve proven so far is that Muhammad ‘Teff’ Stewart from Staten island wore a wire to record his conversation with Jimmy. And that Winston Harris wore a hidden camera in his baseball cap to meet Jason Williams,” Rosemond’s publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez told AllHipHop.com.

“What is very clear is that Harris will receive no sentence for his cooperation and maybe deported to Kingston, Jamaica,” de Fernandez continued. “And that Stuart, Butler and Abdullah may be rewarded for their testimony. Seems like these guys are employed by the federal government and Jimmy has been set up by snakes and liars.”

At the height of his career, James Rosemond represented a number of influential artists, including Game, Mario Winans, Mike Tyson, Gucci Mane, Trillville, Brandy, Salt-N-Pepa, Akon and others.

When he was alive, rapper Tupac Shakur accused James Rosemond of setting up an ambush that led to the rapper being shot at the Quad Studios in New York City.

James Rosemond has always denied those allegations and said they helped tarnished his reputation in the music industry, since Pac sold so many records.

Testimony will continue later today.

  • Bosshogg973

    This nigga is done!!

  • Tk_Z

    50 Cent: Watch the Henchman trial and watch a rat, rat on a rat lol. 

    This publicist is an idiot, no criminal is credible loll.  But at the end of the day Henchman snitched on himself for a plea deal lol, they just nailing the coffin right now

    • falls0819

      so fuckin true though eh…….remember Game/CZAR doing thewhole G-Unot campaign a few years back and riding heavy on 50 bein a rat……well who’s laughin now?

      I still remember Jimmy’s ol lady holdin a press conference a few days after Yayo smacked there son and she was ‘denouncing the violence in hip-hop’.   Then a year later, Lodi Mack gets clipped like it aint related.  Fuckin jokes, I hope Jimmy enjoy his Life stay at Rikers!       Watch the henchman trail and see a rat, rat on a rat.

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  • scullyson

    Yup Jimmy is hit….Put a fork in him…Too much dirt

  • This is a straight movie

  • Amusicinmyears

    since when to murders and drug dealers have publicists? I appreciate that this is the only place that is covering the trial but might be nice to have a legal opinion on the proceedings if you can get one. The opinion of Henchnan’s publicist is pretty worthless. Also wasn’t the theory that Henchman set up the Tupac attack the gist of the LAT expose a few years ago?

    • wizefire

      no it was not.. its something known… 

    •  This is the shit they don’t want you to know.

      After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell
      the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the
      biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society.
      I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making
      this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who
      were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all
      the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who
      were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.

      Between
      the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision
      maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I
      came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in
      the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and
      media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry
      had more control over the public and had the means to influence them
      anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to
      attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business
      insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we
      would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and
      destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.

      The meeting was
      held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember
      about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking
      to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us
      did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being
      invited to a private gathering to discuss its future. Among the
      attendees was a small group of unfamiliar faces who stayed to themselves
      and made no attempt to socialize beyond their circle. Based on their
      behavior and formal appearances, they didn’t seem to be in our industry.
      Our casual chatter was interrupted when we were asked to sign a
      confidentiality agreement preventing us from publicly discussing the
      information presented during the meeting. Needless to say, this
      intrigued and in some cases disturbed many of us. The agreement was only
      a page long but very clear on the matter and consequences which stated
      that violating the terms would result in job termination. We asked
      several people what this meeting was about and the reason for such
      secrecy but couldn’t find anyone who had answers for us. A few people
      refused to sign and walked out. No one stopped them. I was tempted to
      follow but curiosity got the best of me. A man who was part of the
      “unfamiliar” group collected the agreements from us.

      Quickly
      after the meeting began, one of my industry colleagues (who shall remain
      nameless like everyone else) thanked us for attending. He then gave the
      floor to a man who only introduced himself by first name and gave no
      further details about his personal background. I think he was the owner
      of the residence but it was never confirmed. He briefly praised all of
      us for the success we had achieved in our industry and congratulated us
      for being selected as part of this small group of “decision makers”. At
      this point I begin to feel slightly uncomfortable at the strangeness of
      this gathering. The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to
      tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a
      very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our
      active involvement. He explained that the companies we work for had
      invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that
      our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact
      the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the
      group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I
      didn’t know what a private prison was but I wasn’t the only one. Sure
      enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had
      to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately
      owned companies who received funding from the government based on the
      number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would
      pay these prisons. It was also made clear to us that since these
      prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, we’d be
      able to buy shares. Most of us were taken back by this. Again, a couple
      of people asked what this had to do with us. At this point, my industry
      colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and
      answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become
      silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest
      to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to
      help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal
      behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would
      be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an
      increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d
      also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately,
      silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember
      looking around to make sure I wasn’t dreaming and saw half of the people
      with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is
      this a f****** joke?” At this point things became chaotic. Two of the
      men who were part of the “unfamiliar” group grabbed the man who shouted
      out and attempted to remove him from the house. A few of us, myself
      included, tried to intervene. One of them pulled out a gun and we all
      backed off. They separated us from the crowd and all four of us were
      escorted outside. My industry colleague who had opened the meeting
      earlier hurried out to meet us and reminded us that we had signed
      agreement and would suffer the consequences of speaking about this
      publicly or even with those who attended the meeting. I asked him why he
      was involved with something this corrupt and he replied that it was
      bigger than the music business and nothing we’d want to challenge
      without risking consequences. We all protested and as he walked back
      into the house I remember word for word the last thing he said, “It’s
      out of my hands now. Remember you signed an agreement.” He then closed
      the door behind him. The men rushed us to our cars and actually watched
      until we drove off.

      A million things were going through my mind
      as I drove away and I eventually decided to pull over and park on a side
      street in order to collect my thoughts. I replayed everything in my
      mind repeatedly and it all seemed very surreal to me. I was angry with
      myself for not having taken a more active role in questioning what had
      been presented to us. I’d like to believe the shock of it all is what
      suspended my better nature. After what seemed like an eternity, I was
      able to calm myself enough to make it home. I didn’t talk or call anyone
      that night. The next day back at the office, I was visibly out of it
      but blamed it on being under the weather. No one else in my department
      had been invited to the meeting and I felt a sense of guilt for not
      being able to share what I had witnessed. I thought about contacting the
      3 others who wear kicked out of the house but I didn’t remember their
      names and thought that tracking them down would probably bring unwanted
      attention. I considered speaking out publicly at the risk of losing my
      job but I realized I’d probably be jeopardizing more than my job and I
      wasn’t willing to risk anything happening to my family. I thought about
      those men with guns and wondered who they were? I had been told that
      this was bigger than the music business and all I could do was let my
      imagination run free. There were no answers and no one to talk to. I
      tried to do a little bit of research on private prisons but didn’t
      uncover anything about the music business’ involvement. However, the
      information I did find confirmed how dangerous this prison business
      really was. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. Eventually, it
      was as if the meeting had never taken place. It all seemed surreal. I
      became more reclusive and stopped going to any industry events unless
      professionally obligated to do so. On two occasions, I found myself
      attending the same function as my former colleague. Both times, our
      eyes met but nothing more was exchanged.

      As the months passed,
      rap music had definitely changed direction. I was never a fan of it but
      even I could tell the difference. Rap acts that talked about politics or
      harmless fun were quickly fading away as gangster rap started
      dominating the airwaves. Only a few months had passed since the meeting
      but I suspect that the ideas presented that day had been successfully
      implemented. It was as if the order has been given to all major label
      executives. The music was climbing the charts and most companies when
      more than happy to capitalize on it. Each one was churning out their
      very own gangster rap acts on an assembly line. Everyone bought into it,
      consumers included. Violence and drug use became a central theme in
      most rap music. I spoke to a few of my peers in the industry to get
      their opinions on the new trend but was told repeatedly that it was all
      about supply and demand. Sadly many of them even expressed that the
      music reinforced their prejudice of minorities.

      I officially quit
      the music business in 1993 but my heart had already left months before.
      I broke ties with the majority of my peers and removed myself from this
      thing I had once loved. I took some time off, returned to Europe for a
      few years, settled out of state, and lived a “quiet” life away from the
      world of entertainment. As the years passed, I managed to keep my
      secret, fearful of sharing it with the wrong person but also a little
      ashamed of not having had the balls to blow the whistle. But as rap got
      worse, my guilt grew. Fortunately, in the late 90’s, having the internet
      as a resource which wasn’t at my disposal in the early days made it
      easier for me to investigate what is now labeled the prison industrial
      complex. Now that I have a greater understanding of how private prisons
      operate, things make much more sense than they ever have. I see how
      the criminalization of rap music played a big part in promoting racial
      stereotypes and misguided so many impressionable young minds into
      adopting these glorified criminal behaviors which often lead to
      incarceration. Twenty years of guilt is a heavy load to carry but the
      least I can do now is to share my story, hoping that fans of rap music
      realize how they’ve been used for the past 2 decades. Although I plan on
      remaining anonymous for obvious reasons, my goal now is to get this
      information out to as many people as possible. Please help me spread the
      word. Hopefully, others who attended the meeting back in 1991 will be
      inspired by this and tell their own stories. Most importantly, if only
      one life has been touched by my story, I pray it makes the weight of my
      guilt a little more tolerable.

      Thank you.

  • rep87

    They have Jimmy on video and phone taps making deals ,Jimmy hands are dirty and been that way for over 10yrs when Pac was set up and robbed and shot, all Kingpins know this day is coming one thing is for sure he will do sometime question is how much ?

  • tbirdandkoolaid

    Let me state this from the gate. I’m a square. Square as a pool table. L7 like it’s the thang to be.

    I was raised where you took responsibility for your actions. Don’t be a tellatale.

    These cats chose to slang, chose to ride big cars, chose to run in some bad broads.

    Did they not think one must pay the piper.

    To the young cats that have kingpin dreams. This is your future. Eating the cheese.

    Being square isn’t bad. Remember a square has 4 sharp corners and it can’t be rolled….

  • ANDRE SALAZAR

    They caught him on video & audio tape making purchases = DONE! There’s no way around that. Buju Banton got convicted for tasting the drugs & being caught on videotape while doing it.

  • buckness

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    IF Y’ALL GOT PROBLEMS WITH YOUR CRE DIT REPORTS AND YOUR HISTORY IS SHAATTY, GET RID OF DAT MothaFUCKARR TODAY!!!!!! RING THESE PROFFESIONALS AT EIGHT SEVEN7 – 864- 1527.  WHAT THEY DID FOR ME WAS SIMPLY AMAZING MAN.  AND THEY ARE CHEAAPPP AS FAAACKKKKK TO BOOT.

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  • Them Eastcoast niggaz don’t waste no time in snitching, they snitch immediately lmfao!  This is what i try to tell the young bucks coming up. 

  • taken from the latest VIBE MAGAZINE ISSUE (Dec 2005)Embittered by the
    shooting and his conviction, Tupac continued his “jihad” against the East Coast
    hip hop scene from behind bars and put Henchmen in his crossharis, telling
    friends, Interscope execs, and fellow prisoners at upstate N.Y’s Clinton
    Correctional Facility that Henchmen was involved with the ambush.”I
    called him and said ..Yo, stop putting my name in this bull****!” Henchmen
    says…”He was getting me upset man, trying to sensationilize his
    bull****”.Henchmen always has denied any involvment in the Quad
    shooting, he also questions Shakur’s account of the[..]ault , suggesting that
    the rappers gunshot wounds may have been self-inflicted.”Tupac went for
    his gun and shot himself, and it all makes sense to me because if you got shot
    five times, while laying down, you wouldn’t do all that running around like he
    was doing in the studio.” says Henchmen”Later on i heard that the gun
    went off, and he got the shyt beat out of him and was gun butted”A few
    weeks later, Henchmen confronted Tupac backstage at D’angelo and Groove Theory
    show at the L.A House of Blues…”The Whole [rip] Row clique was up in there,
    and i remember going to him..I had some Crip dudes with me…and I said , “Dude,
    you gotta stop telling people that shyt” Henchemen recalls.”For real
    nicca, I don’t give a **** , it could go down right now!, why you blaming Puffy
    and Biggie? Them niccas ain’t got nothing to do with this…Nobody came to rob
    you, they came to discipline you, that’s what happened!”
    Jimmy Snitch dry snitchin on himself!

    • OaklandOxymoron

      I laughed when I read the article. That fool Jimmy told on his damn self. Real idiot! Smh. . .

    • wizefire

      They ain’t have nothin to do wit it but they knew about it… Puffy a bitch too… And BIG was too… especially after Pac showed him how to rock a show and put him on for many ppl… 

    • WMX

       “Nobody came to rob you, they came to discipline you, that’s what happened!”

      Haha, and how did he know that? Maybe, because he’s the one who told them to do that? Perhaps? Haha, Jimmy essentially admitted to it but he still denies it. Wow.

  • thaGOD83

    honestly this shit should be as big or even bigger than the OJ trial because it involves so many high profile people/so called celebrities…and i bet that is why they are keeping this trial under tight wraps not too much publicity..like the marvin gaye looking cop on the wire said..”if you follow drugs you discover drug dealers, but if you follow the money, no telling how far down the rabbit whole you get…” i bet this can lead up to sharpton plus interscope and other so call high profile officials…but the spotlight will be kept on jimmy and his associates….game is not for you or me…

  • immackulate

    the whole empire state is SNITCHING.

    • thaGOD83

      ny is snitching just like my hometown texas is also lol..if you in jail and you aint snitched, its because you got snitched on…every1 is snitching, on radio, when rappers rap a bout a block in a city then that block gets hot, when a rapper raps about a known d boy, then he gets knocked, laying up pillow talking, on websites blogging giving up info…its like weed in a bag, some seal it better than others, but it will seep and the smell will escape…people kill me talking bout pac, he was the best rappers, but he got jimmy and tut name hot from the jump..esp jack, and that aint “gangsta” as folks say it…bottom line every1 gives up info, just some more than others..if an1 is still a retard and wants the hustle, only an amount of time b4 some1 is giving you up…but yea every1 snitches  not jst ny everywhere homie

  • bigdoe6

    His publicist doesn’t realize who he’s dealing with. The fun and games are over. He’s done.

  • Mos High

    Well this shows what happens in real life not what we here in songs. People roll on each other everyday. Its rare people up hold the so called street code. Your facing 30 yrs but if you roll its dramtically reduced or even walk., Every day on this site and others I hear everyone talking rough and tough, those are the same people who would inform so quick.  All good things have to come to a end. People get to damn greedy bottom line. 

  • S. Long

    I don’t understand these so-called tuff guys. They all hard on the streets, but as soon as they hear those numbers these dudes do more talking than Wendy Willams intervewing somebody. BE A MAN AND STAND YOUR GROUND… YOU WANTED TO PLAY WITH THE DEVIL…

  • OaklandOxymoron

    Dudes know what they’re getting themselves into when they enter criminal life. They love the money, but will snitch asap. Never fails. It’s proven throughout history that those closest to you will rat you out to save themselves. Smh…

  • EL_BARK

    These niggaz only snitching cause they think its a rap for jimmy,
    Which at this point its prolly is…

    But i wouldnt be surprise, if sometime in the future some of these niggaz end up getting disciplined.
    Lol

    Jimmy can be a very patient man,
    A year to the date lol

    • bisolabliss

      hmmm…. Stretch comes to mind, you sly fox!!!

  • Everybody needs to remember that 2pac was set up by Hatian Jack , who is wyclefs brother, who is Jimmy Henchmans close friend: they are ALL FEDS. everybody was “working” when they got Pac arrested for rape in that nightclub & Hotel room, and they were also “on the clock” when they got him hit 5 times at that NYC studio. Pac said that they robbed him for everything EXCEPT the diamonds and gold that were gifted to him by Hatian jack and all them FED rat ass people. Why not take the most expensive piece on the mothafuuka u robbin?!? No one else got sent to prison for the rape charge except Pac and no one got caught for shooting him 5 times either, and no one gets caught for his murder. They always have worked for the FEDS, they are puppets of the system who are now getting the KARMA in the SAME WAY they were dishing it. The Feds could not let these rats of theirs keep conducting business in this manner, so came the time to shut them down.

    • WMX

       The Feds had much better things to do than set up Tupac Shakur. Yes, tut and jack cooperated with the feds, later, on UNRELATED drug stuff. But, the feds didn’t have Pac robbed.

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