RAPPERS: GUILT BY ASSOCIATION?
March 18, 2007 -- Federal marshals are searching for a notorious ‘Bloods General,’ Jared Gomes, (above, 1st photo) also known on the street as a ‘gangsta legend.’ Police say their man has ties to hip-hop artists and was spotted at an event hosted by rap star Cam'ron last summer.
Two groups, identified as the ‘Gomes Crew,’ and the ‘Burley Crew,’ led by suspects Shannon Burley and Jared Gomes are allegedly responsible for seven of eight shootings this year in the 50,000-person residential community in the Bronx, according to NYPD spokesman Jason Post.
Gomes, 27, has been on the run since December 2005, when cops and federal agents busted a massive Co-op City crack and gun-selling ring. Throughout an 11-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Double Trouble,” undercover officers bought at least 16 handguns of various calibers from the crews. Officers also seized 17 additional firearms during the arrest of 16 suspects yesterday, including 12-gauge shotguns, a Uzi 9mm rifle and a .223-caliber rifle.
The nearly year-long operation netted more than 50 weapons headed for sale on the streets but Gomes, the head of a Bloods faction in the Bronx housing complex, got away.
Since then, he has been indicted on a series of charges in Manhattan federal court claiming he was a crack dealer from 2000 to 2005.
The feds say he's the lead suspect in a Co-op City shooting and is wanted in a shooting in North Carolina in which he blasted a waiter at a diner.
The Feds even went looking for Gomes following MTV's Video Music Awards at Radio City in August, crashing after-parties in a hunt for the fugitive. But they didn't find him.
And now the feds are looking into Gomes' possible links to rapper Cam'ron's label, Dipset, which is run by former Harlem drug dealer Ezekiel "Freekey Zekey" Jiles.
The feds say a tipster told them Gomes was at a Cam'ron party in Harlem in July.
A spokesman for Cam'ron said he "has nothing to do with anyone who is a fugitive."
Source: Brad Hamilton @ The NY Post
Police in New Jersey raided the offices of “Block Royal Entertainment,” in March. This record label/studio was founded by singer Akon’s (pictured above) slain road manager. Authorities claim the business was an elaborate front for a wholesale drug ring that sold cocaine and heroin.
Robert “Screw” Montanez launched “Block Royal Entertainment,” and was allegedly responsible for the early success of Akon who was in the presence of Montanez when he was murdered in a hail of bullets outside a bar in 2004.
According to witnesses, Montanez was killed when he had an altercation with a man who was attempting to jack a necklace from Capone of the rap duo “Capone-N-Noreaga.”
Nearly 25 people associated with “Block Royal” have been arrested by police who had been conducting 24-hour surveillance of the company.
The investigation netted over 700 grams of cocaine, worth $70,000. Police also recovered $30,000 in cash, four handguns, a bulletproof vest, hollow point bullets and several vehicles.
Allegedly, Dr. Dre’s associate, Bishop Lamont (2nd photo) was being watched closely by Federal authorities over the cover of his mixtape, “N**ger Noize.” The cover shows Lamont in KKK uniform/hood.