Kareem 'BIGGS' BURKE, a co-founder of Jay Z's Roc-A-Fellas Records, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to planning to distribute more than 100kgs (220 pounds, seven ounces) of marijuana.
Burke was tracked as part of Operation Green Venom, a police sting which caught 50 people thought to be involved in drug trafficking, reports the New York Daily News.
The record executive was caught after cops bugged a grow house and he was heard discussing activities with the leader of the drugs ring.
Prosecutors told a hearing at Manhattan Federal Court that the plants were cultivated in Florida and California and were due to be sold on the streets of New York.
Burke told the hearing he plans never to appear appear in court again, prompting Judge Loretta Swain to say, "I'm going to keep you to that promise."
The record boss founded Roc-A-Fella with Jay Z and Damon Dash in 1995.