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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Former Fulton prosecutor who played key role in BMF investigation arrested on drug charges

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

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The former prosecutor who headed the Fulton County district attorney's investigation into the Black Mafia Family was arrested today on multiple drug charges during a sting operation.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, Rand Csehy (pronounced Chay-hee) was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and ecstasy. The 40-year-old was also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Police say arrangements were made to deliver the drugs to an undisclosed location. "When Mr. Csehy arrived at the undisclosed location with listed items he contacted a source and was then arrested," the police statement says. He's currently being held in the Fulton County jail.

Former CL senior writer and editor Mara Shalhoup described Csehy in her 2010 book about BMF's rise and fall as a ballsy prosecutor with loops in his ears and tattoos on his triceps - he looked "more like a narc" than an assistant district attorney, she wrote - who loved working in the narcotics division. According to Shalhoup, Csehy gravitated toward the cops who brought him their cases and often rode along on the execution of drug warrants and sting operations. He left the DA's office shortly after federal agents took control of the case and started a private practice, which included representing Gregg Junnier, one of the APD officers involved in the Kathryn Johnston murder. Last August Csehy told police he was attacked in downtown by a former client while getting in his car.

Prior to joining the Fulton DA's office Csehy served as Forsyth County's first drug prosecutor for three years.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Last BMF suspect indicted in Atlanta pleads guilty

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 6:52 PM

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The last of, oh, about 150 suspects to be arrested in the sprawling, multi-state investigation into the Black Mafia Family pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court.

Vernon Coleman — who goes by "Wu," because of his love of Wu-Tang Clan — 'fessed up to one count of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilos of cocaine. He faces a minimum 10 years in prison and will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in December.

Coleman, who was scheduled to go to trial on Monday, ran the Atlanta-based label Life Records, as well as a party promotions firm, Wu Productions. His attorney, Chris Adams, says Coleman threw parties for the likes of NBA star Allen Iverson.

As for how Coleman hooked up with BMF, one of the nation's largest cocaine enterprises and a once-powerful force in the hip-hop industry, Adams says his client helped facilitate cocaine deals between BMF and cocaine distributors in Coleman's native Birmingham, Ala.

Coleman was one of 16 BMF associates indicted in federal court in Atlanta in 2007. It took authorities two years to catch up with him. U.S. Marshals apprehended him in July 2009, after taking a battering ram to the front door of the Sandy Springs apartment where he was staying.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

BMF member arrested, Jay-Z's 'Death of Autotune' gives nod to the crew

Posted By on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Is it true? Has every last Black Mafia Family member been arrested? That's what Fox News and the AJC are reporting, citing officials at the U.S. Marshals Service in Atlanta.

But really, it depends on how you look at it.

Impressively, the Marshals have rounded up pretty much every defendant named in seven federal indictments filed in Atlanta, Orlando, Detroit, St. Louis and L.A. That comes to nearly 150 men and women who played some role in BMF's sprawling, quarter-of-a-billion-dollar cocaine enterprise, which launched an Atlanta-based record label and was well-connected in the hip-hop world — including a tight relationship with Atlanta rap star Young Jeezy.

Most recently, Vernon "Wu" Coleman, an alleged distributor for the cocaine crew who was named in one of the Atlanta indictments, was arrested July 16. As far as I can tell, there's only one remaining defendant nationwide who's still listed as a fugitive: an L.A. drug dealer who allegedly supplied BMF distributors with kilos of coke in the crew's waning days, after BMF's founders — the brothers Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory — were jailed for running the criminal enterprise.

However, there are several suspected BMF members who, for one reason or another, were never indicted. So while it's true that almost every BMF member who was indicted has been arrested, there are still some stragglers.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BMF co-leaders sentenced

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory

This is an updated and more detailed account of a post that appeared on Fresh Loaf last week.

DETROIT — On Sept. 12, inside a small courtroom on the second floor of the Theodore Levine federal courthouse, an anxious crowd gathered to witness the symbolic end of the government's two-decade investigation into the Black Mafia Family.

One of the bailiffs barked a succinct order: "No outbursts." A moment later, a team of U.S. marshals escorted a slender man, gazing straight ahead through rimless glasses, into the courtroom.

"That's your Uncle T," one of the onlookers, Lucille Flenory, whispered to her grandson, sitting next to her. The bespectacled man, Lucille's son, was hardly recognizable as he made his way to the defense table. From the time he was locked up three years ago, Terry "Southwest T" Flenory lost close to 100 pounds.

Shuffling close behind him, in a matching orange jumpsuit, was Terry's older brother, Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory. His hair was pulled back in a ponytail, and the tattooed letters "BMF" peeked above his collar on the left side of his neck. He scanned the courtroom, turned to his supporters and flashed a wide smile.

The two men, both of whom pleaded guilty to federal drugs charges last year, rose from the down-and-out streets of Detroit to build a massive, multistate cocaine empire headquartered in Atlanta and L.A. In less than two decades, the Flenory brothers and their Black Mafia Family amassed a $270 million fortune. The drug organization relied on an estimated 500 employees. And, with Meech's guidance, BMF helped jump-start the careers of some of Atlanta's best-known rappers.

Read the rest of this article here.

(Photo courtesy Tammy Cowins)

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Friday, September 12, 2008

BMF's 'Meech' and 'Southwest T' get 30 years

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 8:28 PM

DETROIT — Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother, Terry "Southwest T," were sentenced in federal court today to 30 years in prison for running the $270 million cocaine empire the Black Mafia Family.

BMF, which had one of its two hubs in Atlanta, has been linked to some of the city’s more sensational crimes and some of its best-known rappers, including Young Jeezy. Jeezy was implicated in BMF's cocaine ring during the trial earlier this year of BMF's third-in-command. The rapper has not been charged with a crime relating to the feds' BMF investigation.

Demetrius Flenory

Meech, 40, and Terry, 38, pleaded guilty in November 2007 to running a continuing criminal enterprise. They’ve been locked up since their charges were unsealed in Detroit three years ago.

"I don’t think 'I’m sorry' is the right thing to say," Meech told the judge minutes before he was sentenced. “'I’m sorry' is what people say when they get caught."

The CCE charge — which is similar to a RICO, or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations case — can carry a life sentence, though the guilty pleas all but guaranteed that the brothers would serve less time. The government was pushing for 30-year sentences, though the judge indicated in November that he might be willing to go as low as the minimum 20 years. There is no parole in the federal system.

Terry Flenory

The Flenorys are among nearly 150 BMF associates who have been indicted in seven states: Georgia, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and California. The majority of those cases have been resolved — most recently, the federal trial in Atlanta of BMF’s third-in-command, Fleming “Ill” Daniels.

Daniels and several of his co-defendants, including the rapper Barima "Bleu DaVinci" McKnight, who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges, will be sentenced later this year.

More details to come at clfreshloaf.com.

(Photos courtesy of DeKalb County jail, top, and Wayne County, Mich., jail.)

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BMF leaders sentenced today

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 1:30 PM

UPDATE: Flenory brothers get hefty sentences.

Three years after they were indicted for running the massive, multi-state cocaine ring the Black Mafia Family, the brothers Demetrius "Big Meech" and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court this afternoon.

Meech headed the Atlanta headquarters of the $270 million organization and was a huge presence in the city's hip-hop scene, with ties to well-known rappers including Young Jeezy. Terry, who had a falling out with Meech several years before the indictment and began to run a separate cocaine crew, oversaw BMF's headquarters in L.A., where thousands of kilos of cocaine were shipped in from Mexico.

The brothers birthed the organization in their hometown  Detroit, where the sentencing hearing will take place. (I'll be there to write about it and will post an update later today.)

A year ago, Meech and Terry pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise, which is similar to a RICO — or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations — charge. Had they gone to trial and been convicted, they would've faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

By pleading guilty, the brothers could serve as little as 20 years. The government is pushing for 30.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sentencing dates for BMF co-leaders

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 10:35 PM

UPDATE: Flenory brothers get hefty sentences.

At long last, the Flenory brothers — who birthed the $270 million, multi-state cocaine ring the Black Mafia Family — are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court. BMF, which had one of its two hubs in Atlanta, has been linked to some of the city's more sensational crimes and some of its best-known rappers, including Young Jeezy.

Demetrius Flenory

Sentencings for Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory, 40, and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, 38, are set for Sept. 12 and Sept. 4, respectively, in their hometown Detroit. The brothers pleaded guilty in November 2007 to running a continuing criminal enterprise. They've been locked up since their charges were unsealed in 2005.

The CCE charge can carry a life sentence, though the guilty pleas all but guarantee that the brothers will serve less time. The government is pushing for 30-year sentences for both brothers, though the judge indicated in November that he might be willing to go as low as the minimum 20 years. There is no parole in the federal system.

Terry Flenory

The Flenorys are among nearly 150 BMF associates who have been indicted in seven states: Georgia, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and California. The majority of those cases have been resolved — most recently, the federal trial in Atlanta of BMF's third-in-command, Fleming "Ill" Daniels.

(Photos courtesy of DeKalb County jail, top, and Wayne County, Mich., jail.)

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Monday, June 16, 2008

BMF member guilty on one count

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 9:13 PM

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After a three-day trial that shed new light on the legendary excess of the Black Mafia Family, high-ranking BMF member Fleming "Ill" Daniels was convicted in Atlanta federal court today of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The jury, which deliberated for two days, could not reach a conclusion on Daniels' second count, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The jury announced its verdict at around 4 p.m.

The government's case against Daniels relied heavily on a half-dozen witnesses who were indicted on BMF-related drug charges in other jurisdictions. The witnesses testified with the hope of receiving reduced sentences.

One of them, a lower-level BMF member named Ralph "Ralphie" Simms, implicated Atlanta rapper Jay "Young Jeezy" Jenkins in BMF's $270 million cocaine ring. Jeezy has not been charged in the feds' multi-state BMF investigation, which has netted nearly 150 defendants in seven states. Both the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta and Jeezy's attorney in New York declined to comment on the allegation.

Daniels, who faces a minimum 20-year sentence on the federal conspiracy charge, is also under indictment in Fulton County Superior Court for the 2004 murder of Rashannibal "Prince" Drummond. Drummond was shot to death in the parking lot of Midtown's now-defunct Velvet Room.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Witness: Young Jeezy received kilos of BMF coke

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Testimony offered yesterday in the federal government’s 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.

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Jeezy has not been charged with a crime in relation to the allegation. When asked whether there is an open investigation into the rapper, Justice Department spokesman Patrick Crosby said he had no comment.

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 BMF’s 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 BMF’s 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.

Jeezy’s name cropped up several times in the first two days of testimony, but only in relation to his well-publicized friendship with BMF’s 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 BMF’s 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.

Jury deliberations in the case against Daniels began today. (UPDATE: Young Jeezy arrested on unrelated charges; Daniels convicted on one count.)

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Defendants break code of silence

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Testimony in the federal cocaine conspiracy trial of alleged Black Mafia Family member Fleming "Ill" Daniels continued today. So far, three witnesses with intimate knowledge of the crew have broken BMF's once-ironclad code of silence.

All three witnesses have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in other indictments. William "Doc" Marshall, the chief executive officer of the crime ring, which was run like a corporation, recalled buying $400,000 worth of cocaine from BMF at a time. On one of those occasions, he testified, Daniels was picking up cocaine, too. BMF higher-ups sold the coke to high-level distributors out of a stash house they operated in Buckhead, Marshall told the jury.

He also described how he helped Daniels obtain a $150,000 convertible Ferrari Modena in the name of a straw purchaser.

The other witnesses, Marshall's half-brother Karream Sheard and one of Daniels' alleged cocaine customers, Glenn "Gino" Hamilton, also testified.

The government is expected to call more ex-members of the storied drug crew, whose motto was "Death Before Dishonor," this afternoon.

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