It's no secret that there was a close connection between major record labels and drugs in the past -- but people keep insisting that's all ancient history these days. So it's interesting to find out, via a federal prosecution of a cocaine ring, the news that the effort apparently hid the shipping of cash and cocaine around the country by using concert "road cases" and shipping them to and from Interscope Records' offices
. Interscope, of course, is a Universal Music sub-label, which is home to the likes of Eminem and Lady Gaga.
Department of Justice prosecutors this week provided defense lawyers with shipping records detailing “pickups and deliveries” made at Interscope’s Los Angeles office by a cargo firm that was used to transport the music cases, which were alternately stuffed with kilos of cocaine and upwards of $1 million in cash.
Perhaps, rather than worrying so much about the impact of "piracy," the folks at Universal Music should be paying attention to the drug dealing happening via its own offices. Just saying.