Chronology of events 

Timeline for the three-part series 'Hip-hop's shadowy empire.'

• Circa 2000: Ten years after Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother, Terry "Southwest T," began to operate an alleged drug ring, the organization begins to call itself the Black Mafia Family.

• November 2003: Meech is arrested by Atlanta Police in connection with the Buckhead shooting deaths of Anthony "Wolf" Jones, who happened to be P. Diddy's former bodyguard, and Wolf's friend, Lamont "Riz" Girdy. But Meech is never indicted.

• March 2004: A record label called BMF Entertainment is incorporated, with Meech as CEO.

• April 2004: A suspected BMF member named Jabari Hayes is stopped on a Missouri highway for the second time in a month. Police find nearly $600,000 in his vehicle the first time and nearly $9 million worth of cocaine the second. Two other BMF members are also stopped this month and caught with nine kilos of coke. Four months earlier, paperwork discovered during a search warrant of Meech's suspected home listed two of these three vehicles, as well as what investigators believe was a written code describing drug transactions.

• April 2004: Tremayne Graham, then-son-in-law of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, is arrested on federal cocaine-distribution charges related to the BMF enterprise.

• May 2004: The DEA launches a six-month wiretap investigation on several of Southwest T's phones.

• July 2004: Rashannibal "Prince" Drummond, 23, is shot to death during a melee in the parking lot behind the Velvet Room. Atlanta Police believe BMF members are linked to the shooting.

• September 2004: Ulysses Hackett, a co-defendant of Graham's who police say was thinking about turning state's witness, is killed along with his girlfriend in a Highland Avenue apartment.

• October 2004: During a DeKalb County roadblock, police arrest Meech for loitering for drugs. Within the next two days, Meech is released – and investigators in Fulton County launch an intensive wiretap investigation into BMF.

• November 2004: Police catch alleged BMF member Jeffery Leahr and his girlfriend with 10 kilos of coke in the backseat of the Porsche he's driving. They search for his close friend, Omari McCree, who is allegedly a high-ranking BMF member, but can't find him. Graham disappears as well. Both men are considered fugitives.

• May 2005: Henry "Pookie Loc" Clark dies of a gunshot wound after he and four other men allegedly targeted rapper Gucci Mane in a home invasion. Charges are later dropped against Gucci Mane, who allegedly shot Pookie in self-defense. Gucci's lawyers later claim that the invaders are BMF associates.

• May 2005: Alleged BMF member Marque "Baby Bleu" Dixson is accused of stabbing two of Bobby Brown's nephews at P. Diddy's Buckhead restaurant, Justin's.

• June 2005: Atlanta Police pick up McCree along Boulevard in Atlanta, and he begins to tell police about BMF. Eight days later, U.S. Marshals track down Graham in Southern California.

• August 2005: On the day McCree is scheduled to go to trial, he pleads guilty instead and is sentenced to 15 years in prison on cocaine-trafficking charges.

• October 2005: Meech is arrested in a Dallas, Texas, suburb. A week later, Southwest T and several alleged BMF affiliates are arrested in St. Louis. On the day of Southwest T's arrest, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit unseals an indictment that accuses the Flenory brothers of running an elaborate, multi-state cocaine enterprise. The indictment eventually will grow to 13 counts and 41 defendants.

• March 2006: Baby Bleu is killed in a domestic dispute in a Buckhead parking lot. Baby Bleu's older brother, BMF Entertainment rapper Bleu DaVinci, will take over as the company's CEO while Meech is jailed and awaits trial.

• April 2007: BMF's alleged second-in-command, Chad "J-Bo" Brown, pleads guilty in federal court to cocaine and money laundering charges. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

• April 2007: Graham, Mayor Franklin's ex-son-in-law, is sentenced to life in prison on cocaine charges. At his sentencing hearing, co-defendant Scott King alleges that Graham ordered the September 2004 murder of fellow co-defendant Hackett, who was shot to death along with his girlfriend. Also at the hearing, an IRS agent testifies that authorities are investigating what Kai Franklin (the mayor's daughter and Graham's ex-wife) might have known about her husband's drug ring. And King alleges in open court that he and Graham laundered drug money through the airport concessions company of Kai's father—and the mayor's ex-husband—David Franklin. Franklin later denies the allegation.

• May 2007: BMF's alleged second-in-command, Fleming "Ill" Daniels, is indicted for the murder July 2004 murder of "Prince" Drummond in the parking lot of the Velvet Room.

• July 2007: Sixteen alleged BMF associates—including Velvet Room murder suspect "Ill" Daniels and rapper Bleu DaVinci—are indicted in federal court in Atlanta on cocaine charges. Bleu DaVinci remains at large.

• October 2007: Another 20 alleged BMF associates are indicted on cocaine charges in California. Among those indicted is Ameen "Bull" Hight of Atlanta, believed to be a high-ranking member of BMF.

• November 2007: The trial of the Meech and Terry Flenory, along with six of their 41 co-defendants, is scheduled to begin in federal court in Detroit. At least six other co-defendants are expected to testify against the brothers.

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