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More federal charges for hip-hop talent agent

A prominent figure in the music industry is facing more charges after a police raid. According to a recent news report, federal prosecutors in New York filed drug charges against hip-hop talent agent James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond this past summer. Now the prosecutors have added more charges against Rosemond for allegedly possessing a sub-machine gun and silencer. Authorities claim the possession was illegal.

Federal law has strict sentencing guidelines for violent crimes. If convicted on both the drug crime and the illegal possession of a firearm charges, Rosemond may face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 30 years.

Prosecutors allege Rosemond has been using his music business as a cover for an international narcotics empire. In June, they charged him with allegedly running a criminal enterprise by smuggling kilos of cocaine into New York from Los Angeles within music industry equipment packing cases. He was also accused of money laundering and obstruction. He has already pled not guilty to these charges.

The weapons charges were added after Drug Enforcement Administration agents apparently raided several of the talent agent's properties. The firearms said to have been seized were a Mac-11 sub-machine gun and a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

Officials say he has at least one prior felony conviction, although no further supporting information was provided by authorities to explain the conviction. He is currently in a federal detention center and awaiting his trial. He has pled not guilty to the new charges and has hired an attorney to build a meaningful and strong defense in order to protect his rights. Rosemond is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law on all charges.

Source: New York Post, "Hip-hop talent agent Rosemond faces more federal charges," Mitchel Maddux, Sept. 23, 2011

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