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Friday, November 16, 2007

Big Meech to plead guilty

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Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory, the alleged Atlanta-based co-leader of multistate cocaine enterprise the Black Mafia Family, is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Monday.

A flashy hip-hop entrepreneur who enjoyed legendary status in the city's club scene, Meech was indicted two years ago for running a continuing criminal enterprise, a statute created to take down organized crime rings.

The trial of Meech and seven of his 41 co-defendants, including his brother and alleged co-leader, Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, was set for Nov. 26 in Detroit. The details of Meech's deal — including the charges he'll plead guilty to, the length of the sentence he might serve, and any willingness he might have to cooperate against his co-defendants — have not been revealed.

One of the seven co-defendants scheduled for trial Nov. 26 pleaded guilty yesterday. The fates of the remaining six are unclear.

Meech's guilty plea will mark a milestone in a 15-year investigation into BMF — an investigation that ultimately led to 150 suspects being charged in more than a dozen indictments in seven states. BMF associates also have been implicated in several high-profile murders, and several investigations into the crew are ongoing.

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