Tuesday, November 06, 2007

More BMF Drama...

More "gangsta gangsta" dram, folks.

Check out this article below:


Feds indict 16 members of Black Mafia Family

Feds indict 16 members of Black Mafia Family

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/25/07

Federal authorities announced Wednesday their latest blow to a national criminal organization run out of Atlanta and that had sought legitimacy by infiltrating the hip-hop industry here.

The U.S. attorney's office unveiled an indictment of 16 more members of the Black Mafia Family, a now legendary gang that burst on to the Atlanta scene several years ago and whose members, decked out in diamonds, threw extravagant parties in hip-hop clubs.

The group once infamously rented a billboard in Atlanta that said "The World is BMF's."

"The government is one step closer to eradicating one of today's most violent and notorious drug trafficking organizations.," said Special Agent in Charge Rodney G. Benson of the DEA Atlanta office. "The Black Mafia Family wreaked havoc from coast to coast.... Their bold image and in-your-face reputation once propelled them into the media spotlight. Today, we are proud to cast an ominous cloud over this once-thriving criminal network

The indictment charges all defendants with participating in the nationwide cocaine distribution conspiracy, which carries a penalty of between 10 years and life in prison, and up to a $4 million fine.

Federal authorities say the Black Mafia Family engaged in violence and trafficked in thousands of pounds of cocaine the feds estimate they earned $270 million over the years. They also tried to develop a hip-hop label in Atlanta.

The enterprise's leader in Atlanta was Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory while his brother, Terry "Southwest T" Flenory allegedly ran the organization's Los Angeles hub.

The Flenorys went from selling $50 bags of crack in high schools in southwest Detroit in the mid-1980s to masterminding a criminal enterprise operating in 11 states, according to federal authorities. The two men, now in federal custody, were arrested in 2005 with seven associates in the first flurry of indictments for drug trafficking.

"The Black Mafia Family once had billboards towering over Atlanta boldly proclaiming that the world was theirs," U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said Wednesday. "This indictment is a rejection of that claim. First in Detroit and Orlando, and now here, the government is shutting down the BMF's once-flourishing drug empire."

Local law enforcement learned the organization existed after the infamous 2003 double homicide in Club Chaos in Buckhead when hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Coombs' associate, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 38, and Lamont Girdy, 38, were both shot after the club closed at 4 a.m.

Demetrius Flenory was arrested but never indicted in that case.

The shooting prompted the crackdown on bars in Buckhead Village and the Atlanta City Council to shorter bar hours.

Former Fulton prosecutor Rand Csehy, who worked on a state investigation of BMF that started after the Buckhead shooting, said the group was as much myth as fact, but without question was a high-powered, dangerous organization.

"BMF was a legend in their own mind and any type of drug crime was attributed to them, a lot of things they didn't do was dumped on them," Csehy said Wednesday. "But a lot of it was real. They killed, they walked around tough and the hung up billboards. In the end, Demetrius Flenory was caught hiding out ... He was a coward."

The defendants in the new indictment unveiled today are: Lamar Fields, 39, of Atlanta; Victor Hammonds, 42, of Conyers; Franklin Nash, 56, of Decatur; Darryl Taylor, 46, of Stockbridge; Ramon Dobson, 27, of Lithonia; James Mitchell, 38, of East Orange, N.J.; and Dionne Beverly, 35, of Hurricane, W.Va.

Already in custody in other jurisdictions are Fleming Daniels, 34, of Roswell; and Derrek Pitts, 33, of Newark, N.J. In a hearing in Atlanta Wednesday, federal Magistrate Alan Baverman, released Dobson and Nash on $25,000 bond and detained Taylor. Hammonds and Fields have a hearing scheduled for Friday.

Federal authorities are still searching for several associates whose names were blacked out on the indictment.



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