Videotape Surfaces In Supreme McGriff Murder Trial

 A former NYPD detective took the stand yesterday (January 10) to show jurors a videotape of Queens rapper E-Money Bags  that was secretly recorded by an associate of druglord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff minutes before his death.

McGriff is currently on trial for ordering a hit on E Money Bags (born Eric Smith) and Troy Singleton in 2001.

According to New York's Daily News, retired detective Anthony Castiglia testified in Brooklyn Federal Court Wednesday, that the 30-minute video was recovered by authorities during a search of a Baltimore drug stash house allegedly under the control of McGriff, a month after E-Money Bags was shot and killed in Laurelton, Queens.

Investigators claim the video was shot by Nicole Brown, the girlfriend of a key lieutenant in McGriff's drug gang, who lived in an apartment overlooking 111th Road where Smith was killed.

The video shows Smith parking his Lincoln Navigator on 111th Road while Brown's young daughter can be heard chattering. Brown is then heard talking on the phone describing the cross street where Smith is parked and adding that he's eating a plate of food brought to him from a nearby cookout.

In court papers, prosecutors contend Brown was speaking to boyfriend Dennis "Divine" Crosby, who was allegedly passing the critical information to the hit team that had been stalking Smith for days.

The tape ends about 20 minutes before four gunmen pulled up and unleashed a barrage of gunfire at Smith. He died with a loaded gun next to his foot and a cell phone in his lap.

Emanuel "Dog" Mosley, an associate of McGriff who recruited men for the hits on E- Money Bags and Singleton, was arraigned on murder charges last year. If convicted of the aforementioned charges, McGriff could possibly face the death penalty.

McGriff is also facing money laundering charges for filtering more than $1 million dollars in drug money through Irv Gotti's Murder Inc imprint. McGriff was originally indicted along with both Irv and his brother Chris "Gotti" Lorenzo on money laundering charges in 2005., but the Lorenzo brothers were granted a separate trial from Supreme and were later acquitted of the charges.

McGriff is believed by authorities to have started the notorious "Supreme Team," a powerful drug dealing crew that operated in NYC during the 1980's crack epidemic. Allegedly, the crew took in an estimated $200,000 per day during the height of its operations.

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