Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez, aka “El Monstruo,” dope king of NY for over a decade
Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez, aka “El Monstruo,” 43, ruled NY marijuana market from the early 1990s to 2010
Vast operations put out dozens of hits
Biz partner to rap giant Kareem “Biggs” Burke — credited with launching Jay Z’s career
Pleaded guilty to one count racketeering conspiracy, admitted responsibility for nine murders and 10 attempted murders
He faces up to life in prison
The arrest perp walk with Stang, Kareem Burke and Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez
Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez, a drug kingpin who dominated New York City’s marijuana trade alongside rap giant Kareem “Biggs” Burke, credited with launching Jay Z’s career, in court Tuesday admitted to coordinating nine murders.
Rodriguez-Perez, aka “El Monstruo,” 43, ran a vast marijuana empire from the early 1990s to 2010, and put out dozens of hits.
Perez, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in Manhattan federal court and admitted responsibility for nine murders and 10 attempted murders in that conspiracy.
During his trial the prosecution said of Perez and his gang:
“They dominated the wholesale marijuana market in New York for 20 years.” and he was a person to be feared.
“He has either wiped out or threatened to wipe out competitors,” Hayes said.
Starting in 1992, Perez’s ring made more than $20 million by trucking tons of marijuana into the city where the dope was split up and distributed by three cells, the papers state.
The marijuana was masked by shipping it in tractor-trailers filled with flowers, a law enforcement source said. The pot was packed into separate boxes marked with an “x,” the source said. Perez paid his suppliers by using couriers who took “commercial flights with large amounts of cash hidden in their luggage,” the papers state.
At the time of the arrest, the feds seized $1 million in drug profits and 177 pounds of pot.
He faces up to life in prison, officials said.
Rodriguez-Perez’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.
Biggs, the Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder credited with launching Jay Z to fame, was recorded talking to the self-described “Monster” about marijuana suppliers.
Cops also spotted him loading Rodriguez-Perez’s money into his BMW trunk, the feds alleged in October 2010.
nd his then artiste Jay Z (second right)
Another top honcho in their $20 million operation was Matthew Woodstock Stang — an ex ad exec for “High Times” magazine, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office charged.
Asked about the plea, Rodriguez-Perez’s lawyer, Richard Ware Levitt, said, “He’s accepted responsibility for his conduct, and now we’re moving towards his sentence.”