News: August Trial Set For Black Mafia Family
Very little information has been made public about the criminal activities of the BMF. However, the association of BMF members and high-level leadership with famous rap stars and their own moves towards hip-hop stardom began to garner attention at the time of the organization's disruption in late 2005. BMF commands a high level of respect in the hip-hop community, and even though they have remained out of the public eye for years, their influence extends throughout the hip-hop community and there is an almost unspoken code of respect and fear associated with the group for rappers not under their umbrella. BMF Entertainment began to generate buzz in the national hip-hop scene in the early 2000s. Although the group had nationwide influence, much of the music industry activity was centered in the group's adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. 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 by The 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. The label's premiere artist Bleu Da Vinci, hails from the West Coast. His project, The World is BMF's, was nominated for an award by The Source Magazine in 2004.
BMF is also reported to own underground Atlanta music magazine The Juice.
Sitting atop what the feds charge was a massive multimillion-dollar drug operation Black Mafia Family earned enough dough for its members to revel in the world's most expensive cars, bottomless bottles of Cristal, and connections to hip hop's brightest stars.
"The world is ours" - this messages to the city came from the self-proclaimed "Black Mafia Family," or BMF, a hip-hop empire conceived and managed by Detroit-bred brothers. The BMF was a sophisticated drug-smuggling and money-laundering organization operating in nearly a dozen states with direct links to Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations, says the DEA.
For two decades, the Atlanta-based Black Mafia Family (BMF) allegedly ran a cocaine ring that produced an estimated $250 million, but after years of investigation they were busted in 2005. The case will go to trial in August 2007.
Over 30 members of BMF were arrested and three million dollars in cash, two kilograms of cocaine, and various weapons were seized during the 2005 raids.
"The BMF was a sophisticated drug smuggling and money laundering organization, led by brothers that operated in 11 U.S. states and had direct links to Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations," DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy told AllHipHop.com in a 2005 story.
BMF was allegedly led by Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory, while Flenory's brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory allegedly led the BMF crew in Los Angeles.
Demetrius Flenory is also accused of using his record label and magazine as fronts for drug money, and Terry Flenory is said to have invested drug money into 404 Motorsports as a silent owner.
Although both Flenory brothers are being charged, attorneys attest that the evidence on Demetrius Flenory is weak.
"Ninety-nine percent is Terry," Demetrius Flenory's attorney, Drew Findling, told Creative Loafing. "We got a few names [of witnesses], but they just make general statements. That's it. There is no specificity."
Along with their major cocaine ring, BMF also had supposed alliances with Hip-Hop star Young Jeezy, Jacob the Jeweler and former son-in-law of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Tremayne Graham.
A reported code of silence had kept BMF members from giving up any information to officials, but this code of silence was broken when two defendants, Charles Parson and Arnold Boyd, were turned into witnesses
As members of BMF, Parson and Boyd were responsible for running drugs and cash for the organization.
According to a document filed in January, a contractor working on the White House, a name given to the Lithonia, Georgia estate of the Flenory's, observed people sleeping on the floor of the home "with guns money, and jewelry at their sides."
According to this same document, when the contractor inquired about the BMF medallions, a BMF member told him that "if [he] had not yet heard of the Black Mafia Family, he soon would."