byÂ Charlotte Hassan
Former Roc-A-Fella associateÂ pleads guiltyâ€¦
According to a report by The New York Daily News, a formerÂ Roc-A-Fella associateÂ by the name of Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez has admitted to ordering nine murders and 10 attempted murders.
Rodriguez-Perez, also known as â€˜El Monstruo,â€™ was credited for helping to launch Jay Zâ€™s music career alongside Kareem â€˜Biggsâ€™ Burke. Â ButÂ while Rodriguez-PerezÂ was becoming well-connected in the music industry and putting out hit records, the 43-year old was also found to be circulating in the drug sceneÂ by running a massive marijuana market. Â That is, amongst other illegal practices from the early 1990s until roughly 2010.
The US district Court of New York foundÂ Rodriguez-Perez guilty of being part of an â€˜enterpriseâ€™ whose members engaged in not only murder and attempted murder, but also narcotics trafficking, money laundering, unlicensed money transmitting, and bank fraud. Â The â€˜Rodriguez operationâ€™ was largely operating across New York, but also invested in property in Florida and the Dominican Republic.
Rodriguez-PerezÂ pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal court for organiing crime and conspiracy, with the potential forÂ life in prison. Â Rodriguez-Perezâ€™s lawyer, Richard Ware Levitt, says â€heâ€™s accepted responsibility for his conduct, and now weâ€™re moving towards his sentence.â€