BMF Members Busted In Massive Multi-State Drug Raids

The Drug Enforcement

Administration (DEA) in the United States has arrested 30 members of the self-named

Black Mafia Family (BMF) and has seized over $3 million in money, assets, 2 ½

kilograms of cocaine and weapons. The DEA labeled

BMF a large-scale cocaine and money laundering operation operating in Detroit,

Michigan, Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles, California, Miami, Fort

Lauderdale and Orlando Florida, St. Louis, Missouri, Greenville South Carolina

and Louisville, Kentucky.

The DEA said prior

to today’s arrests, they had already arrested 17 members and seized over

632 kilograms of cocaine, $5.3 million in money and $5.7 million in assets.

The DEA claims

brothers Terry and Demetrius Flenory founded BMF, when they started selling

crack during their high school years in the 1980’s.

The group expanded

to other cities in the 1990’s and turned their organization into a multi-million

dollar criminal enterprise, which operated in numerous cities.

“The BMF

was a sophisticated drug smuggling and money laundering organization, led by

brothers that operated in 11 U.S. states and had direct links to Mexico-based

drug trafficking organizations,” said DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy.

The DEA said BMF

allegedly distributed thousands of kilos of cocaine and dealt at least 2,500

kilos out of Atlanta, BMF’s home base.

“For too

many years, these drug dealers have poisoned our streets and cast shadows of

fear across our communities. Today's arrests dismantle this drug mob and should

significantly impact drug-related crime in the communities where the BMF operated,"

Tandy added.

DEA agents said

BMF used hidden compartments in stretched limousines to transport drugs and

money and some of their vehicles were equipped with special devices to produce

air that would throw off drug-sniffing dogs.

The investigation

started in October of 2003 and culminated with today’s arrests.

“The proceeds

from the sale of illegal narcotics are funneled through the underground, untaxed

economy. This impacts every law abiding, taxpaying citizen,” stated Nancy

J. Jardini, IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation. “In this investigation,

the IRS Criminal Investigators analyzed the monetary transactions to track the

illegal proceeds of this drug trafficking organization, and the money trail

lead to the individuals indicted today. When law enforcement agencies combine

resources and expertise, we create a formidable force-the result of which you

see today with the announcement of these indictments."

BMF Entertainment

was working with Bleu DaVinci, a new and coming rapper, who released an album

titled World Is BMF, which was nominated for a Source Award in 2004.