A special task force of Federal agents raided the
New York City offices of Murder Inc. yesterday (Jan. 3) as part of an investigation
into Irv Gotti. The task force has been formed to investigate Gotti and his financial
ties to Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.
Investigators are trying to determine if McGriff
provided money from drug trafficking to launch Gotti's musical career. The task
force is investigating allegations of money laundering and gang ties.
While AllHipHop.com could not confirm any arrests,
sources stated that at least 5 men, one of them Gotti's brother, were detained
at the label and at Gotti's studio, The Crack House. Sources also stated that
McGriff has been arrested in Florida on gun charges. These charges are in addition
to the 5 years McGriff is about to serve for a July 2001 weapons charge.
McGriff gained notoriety in New York as a member
of The Supreme Team, which sold an estimated $10 million dollars worth of crack
in the mid '80's. were sent to prison. The Team controlled the Baisley Park
Houses in Queens, peddling an estimated 25,000 vials of crack a week.
McGriff was hit with drug and weapons charges
by the city's special narcotics prosecutor in 1985. He pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to nine years to life. Due to a technicality with the search warrant,
McGriff only served 22 months in prison before his case was thrown out.
McGriff is listed in the credits of the movie, "Crime Partners 2000,"
starring Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg and Ice T. He is described as co-author of the
screenplay and executive producer of the DVD only release.
JA Rule thanks "Preme" in the shout
out's on his latest album, The Last Temptation. "My nigga Preme you said
it 'we will not die until history records our greatness,' the notes read.