United States’ Black Mafia Family (BMF) was a drug trafficking group and money laundering operation.
It was the brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, who founded the Black Mafia Family in southwest Detroit in 1985, who established cocaine distribution sales throughout the United States through their Los Angeles-based drug source and direct links to Mexican drug cartels by 2000.
Demetrius Flenory was in charge of distribution in Atlanta, while Terry Flenory was in charge of receiving Mexican imports in Los Angeles.
With BMF Entertainment, the Black Mafia Family under Demetrius Flenory laundered money from cocaine sales and established its legitimacy in the hip-hop industry in the early 2000s as a front company. As a promoter for various high-profile hip-hop artists and as a record label for their lone artist, Bleu DaVinci, BMF Entertainment performed both roles well.
In hip-hop popular culture, Demetrius Flenory and the Black Mafia Family were known for their opulent lives.
Under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute, the DEA prosecuted members of the Black Mafia Family in 2005, resulting in convictions for the Flenory brothers, who were sentenced to 30 years in prison. A total of $270 million is said to have been earned by the Black Mafia Family.
In The Flenorys
“Big Meech” and his brother Terry P.O. Lee “Southwest T” Flenory began selling $50 packets of cocaine on the streets of Detroit during their high school years in the late 1980s, when they were still in high school.
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, the Flenory brothers had developed a vast operation in 2000 that was responsible for supervising multi-kilogram cocaine trafficking sales in several locations throughout the country.
The Flenory group was the subject of a two-year FBI inquiry that put its membership at more than 500.
The Flenory brothers, Terry and Demetrius, began to dispute in 2001, with Terry going to Los Angeles and Demetrius remaining in Atlanta to run the primary distribution hub. After a significant argument in 2001, the two no longer communicated with one other.  Terry expressed his concern that his brother Demetrius’ excessive partying was attracting the wrong kind of attention to his firm in a chat with his brothers recorded on wiretap by the DEA. The government obtained 900 pages of written transcripts of wiretapped talks from Terry’s phone in a 5-month period at the time charges were brought against the Flenorys.
After pleading guilty to conducting a criminal operation in November 2007, the brothers were sentenced to two years in prison.
During the years 2000 to 2005, the brothers ran a countrywide cocaine trafficking operation. They were both sentenced to 30 years in jail in September 2008.
At the Federal Correctional Institution, Sheridan, Demetrius Flenory is serving out the remainder of his term and will be released on May 5, 2032, around his 64th birthday.
He became known as Big Herm while serving time at the United States Penitentiary, Lompoc, a medium-security federal prison in California. When Terry Flenory was given a compassionate release owing to his health issues and an initiative by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to release specific convicts in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in federal prisons, he was released on May 5, 2020.
Federal judges rejected Demetrius Flenory’s request for parole under the same guidelines because his prison record suggests that Flenory has not changed and continues to promote himself as a drug kingpin, and because his record includes violations such as possession of cell phones and weapons, and drug use, as well.
Entertainment Company BMF Entertainment
BMF Entertainment was founded by Demetrius Flenory in the early 2000s as a hip-hop music promotion firm and record label. Trina, T.I., Shawty Lo, Jay-Z, and Fabolous are just a few of the high-profile hip-hop artists that the Flenory brothers have been linked to in the past. While BMF Entertainment was set up as a cover for laundering the cocaine trafficking network’s money, it was also a real firm that was attempting to provide a lawful source of income.
The Flenory group formally took the moniker “Black Mafia Family” at this period after previously being unidentified.
It was nominated for a Source Award in 2005 for Bleu Da Vinci’s album, “World Is BMF’s.” Many underground hip-hop DVD magazines, like S.M.A.C.K. and The Come Up, featured BMF. When The Raw Report released a full-length DVD about the movement, it became the most prominent appearance for the group.
It was the cover storey on BMF in May 2006 for Vibe’s DVD. “Streets on Lock,” a Soundsmith Productions-produced song helmed by Bleu Davinci and featuring Fabolous and Young Jeezy, was well praised by DJs. It was later published as a music video that was never aired on television.
For the first time, Mara Shalhoup, a senior editor at creativeLOAFING, authored a three-part piece on the Black Mafia Family called Hip-Shadowy Hop’s Empire,. As of March of this year, Shalhoup’s book on the group, BMF: Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family, had been released.
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