Testimony offered yesterday in the federal governments cocaine-conspiracy case against alleged Black Mafia Family member Fleming Ill Daniels revealed a stunning allegation: According to a witness, Atlanta hip-hop superstar Jay Young Jeezy Jenkins received kilos of cocaine from BMF.
Scott Leemon, the New York-based lawyer who represented Jeezy on weapons charges out of Miami in 2006, told CL "obviously, I am not going to comment on anything. I will look into it."
The allegation was raised in U.S. District Court in Atlanta this week by a BMF member named Ralph Ralphie Simms. Simms was indicted last year in a related federal drug case in L.A. He told the jury that in exchange for his truthful testimony in the case against Daniels, he hoped to receive a reduced sentence.
Simms testified that his job was to unload BMFs cocaine from limos outfitted with secret compartments. He said he piled as many as 100 bricks of cocaine at a time inside the basement of one of BMFs stash houses, an ultra-modern Buckhead mansion nicknamed Space Mountain. And he said that on one occasion, in the fall of 2004, he was ordered by high-ranking BMF members Chad J-Bo Brown and Martez Tito Byrth to set aside multi-kilo cocaine shipments for two customers. Simms said the customers picked up the coke from him at Space Mountain.
When asked by assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney who the customers were, Simms gave two names: William Doc Marshall, a high-level BMF co-conspirator who testified earlier in the trial, and Jeezy.
Young Jeezy the rapper? McBurney asked.
Yes, Simms answered.
Jeezys name cropped up several times in the first two days of testimony, but only in relation to his well-publicized friendship with BMFs Atlanta-based leader, Demetrius Big Meech Flenory. In November, Flenory pleaded guilty in Detroit to running a continuing criminal enterprise. He faces a minimum sentence of 20 years.
BMF is believed to have employed 500 people across the country in its $270 million cocaine ring nearly 150 of whom have been indicted in seven states. According to testimony in Daniels trial this week, BMF only dealt in multiple kilos of cocaine, which were distributed to other cocaine dealers.
Daniels, who was described during testimony as BMFs third-in-command under Flenory, was indicted along with 15 co-defendants last year in Atlanta. (Daniels also faces a murder charge in Fulton County Superior Court.) He is the only local defendant to go to trial on the federal charges. Nine of his co-defendants, including the rapper Barima Bleu DaVinci McKnight, pleaded guilty over the past two weeks. Another four are fugitives.
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