BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family by Mara ShalhoupIn the early 1990s, Demetrius Big Meech Flenory and his brother, Terry Southwest T, rose up from the slums of Detroit to build one of the largest cocaine empires in American history: the Black Mafia Family. After a decade in the drug game, the Flenorys had it all--a fleet of Maybachs, Bentleys and Ferraris, a 500-man workforce operating in six states, and an estimated quarter of a billion in drug sales. They socialized with music mogul Sean Diddy Combs, did business with New Yorks king of bling Jacob The Jeweler Arabo, and built allegiances with rap superstars Young Jeezy and Fabolous. Yet even as BMF was attracting celebrity attention, its crew members created a cult of violence that struck fear in a city and threatened to spill beyond the boundaries of the drug underworld. Ruthlessness fueled BMFs rise to incredible power; greed and that same ruthlessness led to their downfall.
When the brothers began clashing in 2003, the flashy and beloved Big Meech risked it all on a shot at legitimacy in the music industry. At the same time, a team of investigators who had pursued BMF for years began to prey on the organizations weaknesses. Utilizing a high-stakes wiretap operation, the feds inched toward their goal of destroying the Flenorys empire and ending the reign of a crew suspected in the sale of thousands of kilos of cocaine -- and a half-dozen unsolved murders.
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The Black Mafia Family (BMF) was a drug trafficking and money laundering organization in the United States. The Black Mafia Family was founded in the late s in Detroit by brothers Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and Terry " Southwest T" Flenory, medium-security federal prison in California, he adopted the name Big Herm.
BMF's Big Meech returns to Georgia
Summer, Akon, who produced the song and sang on its hook, is milling around in a white tracksuit. Jay-Z, officially retired from music and in his first year as president of Def Jam, is there, too: he drove to the shoot in a sky-blue and champagne-colored Maybach. They belong to Demetrius Flenory, better known to most—including federal prosecutors, as it later turned out—as Big Meech. They were known as the Black Mafia Family, and over the course of their enterprise they made at least a few hundred million dollars. Meech had designs on becoming a rap mogul, and had begun mounting a major push for his prized signee, Bleu DaVinci.
Seeking to avoid spending the rest of their natural lives in prison, the brothers pleaded guilty in November to the CCE charges and laundering drug money in hopes of serving the minimum 20 year sentence. However, evidence presented by prosecutors resulted in 30 year sentences for both men. BMF was founded by the brothers in Detroit during the late s. After quickly securing valuable contacts with international coke suppliers, the organization grew to a nationwide criminal conspiracy within a few years. The group began to draw unwanted attention from federal agents in once they established a high-profile operation in Atlanta, where they erected billboards, held lavish parties, created DVDs, and boasted of their connections with rappers Young Jeezy and Fabolous.
By the year , they had established the cocaine distribution cells throughout the United States. Through their Los Angeles-based drug source, they had direct links to Mexican-based drug cartels. They established two main hubs for their operation: the Atlanta, Georgia hub, for distribution, was operated by older brother Demetrius, while the Los Angeles, California hub was operated by Terry to handle incoming shipments from Mexico. Around , the organization tried to legitimize itself by entering the hip-hop music business, starting a company called BMF Entertainment. Before their entrance into the music business, the Flenory Brothers were known to associate with a number of high-profile hip-hop artists, including Jay-Z and Fabolous. Both were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Subsequent indictments eventually targeted over members of the organization.
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The Black Mafia Family was founded in the late s in Detroit by brothers Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, and by had established cocaine distribution sales throughout the United States through their Los Angeles —based drug source and direct links to Mexican drug cartels. The Black Mafia Family under Demetrius Flenory entered the hip-hop music business as BMF Entertainment in the early s as a front organization to launder money from cocaine sales and to legitimize itself. BMF Entertainment served as a promoter for several high-profile hip-hop artists including Fabolous and Young Jeezy , and as a record label for their sole artist Bleu DaVinci. Demetrius Flenory and the Black Mafia Family became famous in hip-hop popular culture for their highly extravagant lifestyles. In , the Drug Enforcement Administration DEA indicted members of the Black Mafia Family, ultimately securing convictions by targeting the Flenory brothers under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute , and both were sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. Subsequent indictments eventually targeted over members of the organization, and over 25, people were estimated to be members or associates.
Meech and his brother, Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, were sentenced in September to 30 years in federal prison on charges that they ran a continuing criminal enterprise. Nearly defendants with ties to BMF have been indicted in seven states, including Georgia. Meech, a flashy hip-hop entreprenuer, was prosecuted in federal court in his hometown Detroit, though he had lived in Atlanta and, for a short while, Miami for more than 10 years at the time of his arrest. During a brief phone conversation Saturday, Meech said he was upbeat about starting his year prison sentence. He recently was moved from the Michigan jail to one in rural Georgia, where he's awaiting transfer to the federal prison in Jesup, Ga.