Sixteen more members of the Atlanta based gang The Black Mafia Family (BMF) were indicted yesterday (July 25) for participating in a nationwide cocaine distribution.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, federal authorities claim BMF engaged in violence and trafficked thousands of pounds of cocaine, earning the gang over $270 million.
The gang gained notoriety by flaunting their diamonds, holding extravagant parties, and rubbing shoulders with various rappers, including Young Jeezy, while trying to develop a record label.
BMF's leaders, Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, along with seven other members were indicted and arrested on drug trafficking in October 2005.
Federal authorities say the Flenory brothers went from selling $50 bags of crack in high schools throughout southwest Detroit in the mid-1980s to masterminding a criminal enterprise operating in eleven states.
"The government is one step closer to eradicating one of today's most violent and notorious drug trafficking organizations," said DEA Special Agent, Rodney G. Benson. "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 carry a penalty of between 10 years and life in prison and up to a $4 million fine.
"The Black Mafia Family once had billboards towering over Atlanta
boldly proclaiming that the world was theirs," U.S. Attorney David
Nahmias told The Journal. "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."
Federal authorities are still searching for several associates whose names were blacked out on the indictment.
As previously reported, Jacob The Jeweler, well known for providing
hip-hop's biggest names with high-end custom jewelry, was indicted for
money laundering by a Michigan District Attorney last May for allegedly
accepting money from Black Mafia Family and giving them jewelry in
return without reporting the transactions.
Jacob (born Jacob Arabiov) has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.