Black Mafia Family
The Black Mafia Family, or BMF, is an extensive criminal organization that recently delved into the world of hip-hop music and entertainment, successfully promoting a variety of rap artists. However, the DEA claims their investments in hip-hop are primarily a cover for money laundering funds acquired through drug trafficking.
The Flenory Brothers
The "Black Mafia Family" originated in Detroit, Michigan and was founded by two brothers, Demetrius "Meech" Flenory and Terry Flenory, who reportedly began their rise in crime by selling small amounts of crack cocaine on the streets during the 1980s. The BMF evolved into a nationwide, and international, partnership. During a two-year federal investigation of the organization, it was revealed that members were known to have operated in Detroit, Michigan; Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando Florida; St. Louis, Missouri; Greenville, South Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky and even Sinaloa, Mexico, where they worked with the Malverde Mafia.
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
BMF is also reported to own underground
Several people in the hip-hop community are very closely affiliated with the BMF, most notably James Rosemond "Jimmy Henchmen", Walter Johnson "King Tut" and Jacques Agnant "Haitian Jack". At one point Sean Combs "Puff Daddy" "P. Diddy" or "Diddy" was being extorted by the east coast drug dealers.
Although not members of the BMF clique, several prominent hip-hop artists have appeared on underground records with Bleu Da Vinci. Atlanta-based rapper Young Jeezy in particular is a frequent BMF affiliate and has been seen at numerous video shoots and parties with the group. Jeezy has never officially acknowledged his BMF ties, and refuses to comment on them to news media. On March 11, 2006, Jeezy and several alleged BMF associates were arrested in connection with an incident in
- Underground Atlanta artist Baby D
- Da Brat
- Crisis aka Cee-Lo the general, from NPG Ent of Columbia, South Carolina
As depicted in their numerous DVD and music video appearances, BMF members engaged in a lavish lifestyle perhaps not fitting of many up-and-coming hip-hop labels. Members were often seen driving luxury European sports cars on screen and in music videos. They are also known to "make it rain money" in strip clubs, spending thousands of dollars a night. In one filmed DVD interview, Meech claimed to regularly spend $50,000 a night while clubbing. In addition, BMF were known to have thrown extensive and enormously expensive industry parties and birthday bashes for their members in
In October, 2005, it was reported that some 30 members of BMF were arrested in a massive drug raid orchestrated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During these raids, the DEA claimed to have seized over $3 million in money, assets, and weapons, as well as 2 ½ kilograms of cocaine. It was also reported that prior to the raid, 17 members had been arrested and $11 million in money and assets had already been seized. In addition to large amounts of cash and assets, some
The DEA classified BMF as "a sophisticated drug smuggling and money laundering organization," with "direct links to Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations."
Among members arrested at this time was the alleged leader of the organization, Demetrius Flenory (Big Meech). In early 2006 it was reported by associates (but not confirmed by news media) that Meech and another member had posted bond and are currently free on bail. Shortly thereafter, BMF posted a new image of Meech on their webpage. Jacob the Jeweler was recently arrested and charged with allegedly laundering more than $200 millon and trafficking drugs for BMF. He is said to have ties to the Russian Mafia. No further details surrounding the case, future trial dates or the continuing investigation have been revealed to the public.
On March 9, 2006, "Baby" Bleu (Marque dixson), who is not the son of kingpin "Big Meech" and reffered to as younger brother of BMF recording artist Bleu Da Vinci, was shot and killed. He was supposedly murdered by a single female as he and a friend were leaving a night club in
On June 28,2006 J-bo an high ranked BMF commander was arrested on conspiracy charges of affiliation to mafia in hometown of St.Louis,Mo.. He is currently being held with no bond.