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Bling King Busted On Drug Charges

6/15/2006 6:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jacob Arabo, known worldwide as Jacob the Jeweler, was arrested Thursday morning on charges stemming from a federal indictment of 16 people in Detroit.

The May 10 indictment, from the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan and unsealed today, alleges 16 defendants violated federal drug laws and laundered in excess of $270 million.


The documents allege the defendants maintained a drug operation under the name the "Black Mafia Family" and allegedly transported and distributed thousands of kilos of cocaine across state lines. The 41 year-old Arabo, whose name is spelled several different ways in the papers, was named in the Detroit indictment. The indictment seeks forfeiture of more than 30 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a number of residences and cars.

Arabo, a Russian immigrant, opened his store in Manhattan's midtown diamond district in 1981, and a visit by hip-hop artist Faith Evans in the mid-1990s proved to be the catalyst for his career as jeweler to a galaxy of rappers and actors. Evans introduced Arabo's gold- and diamond-heavy creations to her husband, the late Notorious B.I.G., and thereafter Jacob the Jeweler quickly became not just a baublemaker but an icon and a symbol of attainment in the fiercely brand-obsessed hip-hop universe.  His name appeared in hip-hop lyrics and even in a Def Jam video game.

In 2004, Arabo announced a partnership with Kanye West to produce a line of religious-themed jewelry, and that same year,  Cartier filed suit against Arabo, claiming that he had modified their products illegally.  The May 2006 cover of Vogue magazine featured actress Keira Knightley wearing a pair of Arabo's diamond earrings.

Jacob's attorney Daniel Gotlin had no comment for TMZ.

See the court documents

TMZ cameras caught Jacob out and about just this past Saturday at LA Reid's 50th birthday bash.
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Roderick S. Bryant Sr.    

Damn, Yea that's messed up old boy got caught up like that. YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!!! BUT WHEN YOU GOT THAT MUCH MONEY, AIN'T
NO WAY IN HELL YOU'RE SUPPOSE TO GET CAUGHT UP ON
SOME DRUG CHARGES... SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T GET IT....
KNOW WHEN ------------TO SAY WHEN

3050 days ago
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Stone Capone    

He started out an amazing jeweller...now he's just another hip hop statistic!

3050 days ago
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Yohnaton    

i personally know Yakov Arabov (Jacob Arabo), he is not the first Persian Jew to be aressted, Yakov or Jacob however you want to call him, people will see him back very soon.

3050 days ago
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simon    

to yohnatan who knows jacob personally, hes not persian,he originates from uzbekistan , from a mostly jewish part called bukhara. so there

I too know him personally for over 15 years and he's always been a gracious man.

check my sitw platzaman.com to see some pics of him and some other celebs in nyc

3048 days ago
5.

George    

Jacob has also gotten over on alot of people and mostly rap artist with those FAKE ASS WATCHES!! Alot of people dont know that the watches he was selling was worthless. The only thing people was paying for was a expensive bracelet. The watch itself was worth about $5.00 dollars and he would turn around and sell his wathces for $100 thouand plus to any big shot thinking he is baller. The watch itself was useless material with over priced diamonds on the inside. The only thing people was paying for is a over priced bracelet See thats what happens when you try to keep up with the JONES.

3047 days ago
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tee    

This is totally messed up and wrong. He had a lot of money and now it's all in jeopardy. Where will the rappers purchase their jewelry from now. I saw a TV show about the struggle and hard labor that people over in africa go through to find diamonds to sell and for the US. They dig deep and search hard and they are getting killed and fighting to protect what they find. The people may get 5 or 10 dollars for finding a diamond that is worth more over here. To see the slaving, digging, sweating, and struggle they go through is sad. If you see that show you would say F### a rock.(diamond that is) So while the rappers and jacob bling the work for those diamonds have cost lives, hurt and a struggle.

3047 days ago
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don the icon demarco    

if you not smart you will fall apart plain and simple good luck 2 him

3047 days ago
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Black Man    

What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to due porocess of law? Whatever happened to people backing people up and standing against the police? Guess that all went out the window after Rodney King deserved to get beat. Or perhaps it was the OJ Simpson mess where he actually did it though he was found not guilty. I'm not claiming to say that he did it, I'm not saying he didn't, but at least let hope for the best for the man before the trial, and afterward (if found guilty) burn him to the stake.

3047 days ago
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the truth    

Maybe thisis reltaed. to a shooting 2 years ago. execution syle suring day lite of a witness. The shooting happened 6th avenue by the diamon district. they guy came to get "paid not to talk" and he got killed.

3047 days ago
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stop_it!    

haha! you people smell blood and go crazy like hungry sharks! you dont even know if he's guilty and you wtite him off?thats a shame.wait till your son or father gets caught up on some bogus s*** and everyone has their opinion bout it,then look back at ya comments!!!

3047 days ago
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Kym    

Hey we can't get mad at Jacob for getting his money on. Now if people didn't buy his jewelry, then he wouldn't be a household name. What happen to innocent until proven guilty. Did anyone think that maybe he didn't do it. We should know how the media do things

3047 days ago
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RAINA FLORES    

WE WORRY MORE ABOUT FUR AND THE LITTLE ANIMALS THAT GIVE THEIR LIVES FOR SOMEONES PLEASURE THAN PEOPLE HUMAN BEINGS THAT GIVE THEIR LIVES TO MINE DIAMONDS AND GOLD THRUOGH OPPRESSION AND SLAVERY JACOBS ISNT THE ISSUE BUT PREVENTIONS OF ALL THE WRONG DOINGS OF HUMAN LIFE IS THE PROBLEM LETS MAKE IT RIGHT DONT JUST BOYCOTT DIAMONDS AND GOLD BUT ALSO DRUGS BOYCOTT THE HELL OUT OF ALL WRONG THANK YOU

3046 days ago
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escobar gordon    

jacob a real muthafucka he was getting that tax free cash to i dont blame him fuck the goverment get this money real talk. just dont get caught ya smell me. BIG MEECH HOLD YA HEAD BABY YOU SOUTHWEST T. YOUNG JEEZY ,GONNA HOLD IT DOWN FOR THE REST OF THE FAM. BMF FOR LIFE. B.C.I. FOR LIFE

3046 days ago
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Linda White    

You have to remember that throughout our history most millionaires are where they are because of the black man or black race, wanting to live what they call the american dream. Most of our fames hip-hop mogals started with drugs. The ones that started in church are on drugs. So why would this man not take advantage of the few he call the black mafia. The world think that the way to a black mans heart is drugs. I hope that he get what he whats coming to him. What I mean by that , I hope he get a black man justice.

3046 days ago
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kedric lindley    

the feds is the enemy the want everybody broke neversnitch

3046 days ago
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