Monday, November 3, 2008

BMF's Big Meech returns to Georgia

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 7:50 PM

click to enlarge Big Meech led BMF's Atlanta hub
  • Big Meech led BMF's Atlanta hub

After spending three years in a suburban Michigan jail, Black Mafia Family co-leader Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory is back in Georgia.

Meech and his brother, Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, were sentenced in September to 30 years in federal prison on charges that they ran a continuing criminal enterprise. BMF is estimated to have moved at least $270 million in cocaine in less than two decades. Nearly 150 defendants with ties to BMF have been indicted in seven states, including Georgia.

Meech, a flashy hip-hop entreprenuer, was prosecuted in federal court in his hometown Detroit, though he had lived in Atlanta (and, for a short while, Miami) for more than 10 years at the time of his 2005 arrest.

During a brief phone conversation Saturday, Meech said he was upbeat about starting his 30-year prison sentence. He recently was moved from the Michigan jail to one in rural Georgia, where he's awaiting transfer to the federal prison in Jesup, Ga. He requested that particular prison so he could be close to Atlanta, where he and his crew were once a legendary presence in hip-hop clubs and on billboards that proclaimed, "The World is BMF's."

“I’ve got a lot of love down here,” he said.

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