Members of a federal task force Thursday arrested the director of promotions for rap record label Murder Inc., which is under investigation for alleged money laundering.
Authorities said they arrested Dexter Diamond on a weapons charge as he was in a limousine in Encino. His apprehension came after a 24-hour stakeout by federal marshals, federal firearms agents, Los Angeles police officers and members of the Major Crimes Fugitive Detail of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Diamond's arrest warrant stemmed from a Jan. 3 raid on the Manhattan offices of Murder Inc. Although no one was arrested during the raid, FBI agents seized computers, files and a handgun from a desk in the promotions department that allegedly belonged to Diamond, according to the warrant.
Diamond has a felony drug conviction. It would be unlawful for a felon to possess a weapon.
Murder Inc., home to such stars as Ja Rule and Ashanti, is in partnership with Island Def Jam, a New York arm of Vivendi Universal.