Like I said in my First post i do not condone drug Dealing But i respect the hustle. Just think what these guys can do if they just had a chance i mean it's takes allot of smarts to make money and control all that revenue. Atlanta is a hot bed for entertainers and people trying to make it big time. Seeing a Huge "the World is Ours Billboard all over Atlanta "first hand" Was a sign that BMF has arrived and they was going to show the world how to hustle.
The Black Mafia Family (BMF), was a multi-million dollar drug trafficking organization originally from Detroit, Michigan, with direct links to Mexican based drug-trafficking cartels and with major hubs in Atlanta and Los Angeles, that in 2000 dove into the world of hip-hop music and entertainment, successfully promoting not only Young Jeezy but also BMF Entertainment's sole artist, Bleu DaVinci. Founders Demetrius and Terry would ultimately be convicted of running aContinuing Criminal Enterprise and sentenced to 30 years to life.
Founded by Demetrius "Meech" Flenory and his younger brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, the brothers began their rise in crime by selling $50 bags of crack cocaine on the streets of Southwest Detroit during their high school years and by 2000 had established multi-kilogramcocaine distribution cells in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Missouri, California, Texas, North Carolina and Florida. A two-year federal investigation of the organization concluded that its membership was extensive and nationwide, with an estimated membership of over 500. Around 2001 there was a split between the brothers, with Terry Flenory moving to Los Angeles with his girlfriend to head his own organization and Demetrius staying in Atlanta; by 2003 the two would have a major falling out and hardly speak to one another. Also around this time they began to refer to their activities as being part of the "Black Mafia Family". Before this, they did not have any formal name to their organization. In a conversation with his sister, caught by the DEA on a wiretap, Terry discussed how he was worried his brother's excessive partying would bring the wrong type of attention to their business.
By the time charges were filed, the government had 900 pages of typed transcripts of wiretapped conversations from Terry's phone in a 5 month period.
In November 2007, the brothers plead guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise.
In September 2008, both brothers were sentenced to 30 years in prison for running a large scale nationwide cocaine trafficking ring across the United States from 2000 through 2005.
With credit for three years time served, "Big Meech", now 41, will be released on December 16, 2031, or around his 61st birthday; "Southwest T", now 39, will be released on December 14, 2031.
Big Meech is serving out his sentence at Jesup FCI in Jesup, GA; his brother Southwest T is serving his sentence at Herlong FCI in Herlong, CA.
In 2004 World Is BMF was nominated for a Source Award. BMF appeared in numerous underground hip-hop DVD magazines, most notably several issues of S.M.A.C.K. DVD Magazine and The Come Up DVD. Their most highly visible appearance was in a full length DVD, produced byThe Raw Report DVD-Magazine,which gave a detailed inside look at their movement. This DVD was featured in the cover article on BMF in the May 2006 issue of VIBE magazine. They received wide acclaim from radio and mixtapes DJ's for the song "Streets on Lock", headed by BMF affiliate Bleu Davinci featuring Fabolous and Young Jeezy. A music video was later produced for the hit single, however never released to networks.
Creative Loafing senior editor Mara Shalhoup wrote an award-winning three-part series about the Black Mafia Family titled Hip-Hop's Shadowy Empire. This series was the first in-depth reporting on "BMF". Her book on the group BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family will be out March 2, 2010.
Demetrius was interviewed from prison in Issue 35 of Don Diva Magazine after his sentencing.
There are many hip hop artists who have been associated with BMF as a group and Big Meech in particular. Some of those artists include:Young Jeezy, Bleu DaVinci, Slim Thug, and many other well-known artists.
In February 2009, Demetrius was interviewed from prison by The Source magazine via telephone.
The investigation into Demetrius Flenory and "BMF" began sometime in the early 1990s before there was any name to the organization which Demetrius and Terry headed. The lead-up to the October 2005 indictments began with a series of large drug seizures and subsequent informant information from BMF members. On April 11, 2004, BMF courier and high-level distributor Jabari Hayes was pulled over in Phelps County, MO along I-40 driving a 40-foot motor home; supposedly for swerving over the fog line. After a K-9 unit alerted to drugs in the vehicle, in the back bedroom of the motor home were two suitcases containing approximately 95 kilograms of cocaine and 572 grams of marijuana. It was one of the largest drug busts in Missouri history. Three weeks earlier Jabari was pulled over in St. Louis in a 1999 Lincoln Town Car; with $600,000 in cash in the trunk.
In mid-September 2004 a wiretap on a low-level crack dealer in Atlanta, Rafael "Smurf" Allison led anHIDTA task force to a mid-level dealer named Decarlo Hoskins. Hoskins subsequently turned informant and said he grew up with 2 brothers, Omari McCree and Jeffrey Leahr, that were BMF members and able to supply multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine regularly. Omari McCree was a high-level distributor for the organization and was favored by Big Meech, wiretaps revealed. On November 5, 2004, Omari's brother, Jeffrey Leahr, would be pulled over due to the wiretaps on I-75 in Atlanta with his girlfriend in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV. In the back seat was a duffle bag containing 10 kilograms of cocaine. They were released later the same day in an attempt to gather more information in regards to their supplier and the organization by use of the wiretaps. Omari and Jeffrey, being in a large debt now to BMF for the lost kilos, went on the run. When Omari was picked up June 8, 2005, he signed a confidential-source agreement and began to describe his role in BMF. He named "Big Meech" as the source of the cocaine but that he did not actually pick it up from Big Meech himself. According to Omari, Chad "J-Bo" Brown would supply him with the cocaine on behalf of Big Meech. These events and a number of others would form the backbone of the government's case against the two brothers.
Although Omari McCree gave investigators information, he never actually testified against anyone in open court. During trial, the government's star witness was William "Doc" Marshall.
Testimony given during various trials says the organization operated as follows: Meech's side of the organization operated 4 stash houses in the Atlanta area, nicknamed "The Gate"; "The Horse Ranch"; "Space Mountain", or "Bugsy Siegel; and "The Elevator". Approximately every 10 days, vehicles would arrive packed with 100-150 kilograms packed in secret compartments. Workers at the various stash houses would be paid to unload the kilograms and place them inside the stash house. Customers who had previously put in orders for the kilograms would call in and say they have their vehicle ready (a transportation vehicle to put the narcotics in). Depending on the size of their order they would be directed to a particular stash house where they would pull in, go inside, hand over money in $5,000 bundles, and receive kilograms in a bag of some sort, open so they could verify they received the correct number of kilos. The kilograms usually went for $20,000 each. The same trap vehicles would then be filled with cash (the proceeds from drug sales) to be sent back to the Mexican sources of supply
Workers inside the stash houses would have certain duties; for example, two people may be in charge of counting bulk amounts of cash, usually in the millions. Other people would be pack the kilos for customers that were arriving as they were told. Another method the BMF organization received drugs was through large containers at the airport. They would pick these containers up and bring them back to the stash houses, these also would contain 100-150 kilograms at a time.