Interscope Responds: We Are Not Part of This Narcotics Investigation

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Can you deny something happening right under your nose?

The offices of Interscope Records may have been a hub for cocaine distribution, but the label now says it is not the target of a federal investigation. Instead, this appears to be a matter between the DEA, US Government, and Game manager James Rosemond. His problem, not ours.

On Friday afternoon, Interscope issued a carefully-worded statement to distance itself as far as possible from the very serious narcotics charges:

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“The information being reported in the press regarding Interscope Records’ involvement with the ongoing criminal prosecution of James Rosemond is both erroneous and completely unsupported.  Interscope Records has been informed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices.  Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Records are a subject or target of the investigation.  UMG and Interscope will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney’s Office regarding this matter. ”

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The denial seems to contradict written statements from federal prosecutor Ted Kamisky, who pointed to shipping forms “specifically referencing pickups and deliveries at… Interscope Records.”  But Rosemond is not ‘an employee,’ and Interscope itself is claiming no knowledge whatsoever of the contents of those packages.  That’s the ‘line,’ and they’re sticking to it.

Meanwhile, insiders – and longtime record executives – are expressing surprise that Interscope is so close to this felony-level racket.  “This is very reminiscent of old times. It reminds me of the old MCA,” one veteran told Digital Music News.  “Just the close proximity to organized crime.”