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Record Label Founder Pleads Guilty in Drug Case

A founder of the Roc-A-Fella record label has pleaded guilty in New York to marijuana distribution charges.

Kareem Burke (Frank Micelotta, Getty Images)

Kareem Burke entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. Burke started the hip-hop label with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in the 1990s. The 38-year-old was arrested in October 2010 along with more than 50 other people in raids targeting a wholesale marijuana ring in New York and Florida.

Authorities seized nearly $2 million and more than 360 pounds of marijuana in the probe. The government said a raid on Burke’s residence in North Bergen, N.J., produced the remains of a marijuana growing operation and $15,000 in cash.

Burke faces five to six years in prison at a May 18 sentencing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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