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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sean "Diddy" Combs' cousin sentenced for his role in BMF

Darryl "Poppa" Taylor was sentenced this morning in federal court to seven years in prison for his role as a cocaine courier for the Atlanta and L.A.-based Black Mafia Family.

Taylor, one of 10 co-defendants scheduled to be sentenced in Northern Georgia U.S. District Court today, received a sentence reduction for his substantial assistance in the government's investigation into BMF, a $270 million cocaine enterprise that was headed by the brothers Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory. The Flenory brothers were charged in a separate indictment in Detroit and were sentenced last month to 30 years in federal prison.

Taylor, who moved to Atlanta from New York, is the first cousin of New York-based music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who's been described in court documents as a friend of the Flenorys. Combs has not been accused of any unlawful behavior related to BMF.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney said during the hearing that Taylor might be able to offer "very substantial" assistance in another federal investigation. Taylor's attorney, Steve Sadow, told Judge Orinda Evans that Taylor could offer the government insight into "activities going on in the Northeast."

Had Taylor not cooperated in the investigation, he would have received a minimum 10 years in federal prison, where there is no parole.

In another court proceeding last year, Taylor testified that he was introduced to Terry Flenory by Paul Buford, Combs' chief of security. Buford and 38 other defendants were indicted along with the Flenory brothers in Detroit. There has been no resolution in Buford's case.

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