From his federal prison cell in Portland, former drug kingpin Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory organized a back-to-school giveaway for kids in his hometown of Detroit over the weekend, packing a local clothing store parking lot with hundreds of elementary and junior high school children and providing them thousands dollars of free school supplies.
Several members of Flenory’s family were in attendance at an event that featured food stands, basketball hoops and an exotic animal petting zoo. “Lil’ Meech,” Big Meech’s aspiring rapper son, made an appearance and thanked those present on behalf of his father. There are rumors floating around that Lil Meech will soon be cast as Big Meech in the upcoming Starz Network television show based on his rise and fall being produced by rapper and actor 50 Cent.
Flenory, 50, founded and ran the historic Black Mafia Family or “BMF,” a narcotics empire that began in Motown in the 1990s and by the dawning of the New Millennium dominated cocaine trafficking across the country, establishing a stronghold in drug markets in two dozen strategically placed states. BMF was the biggest urban criminal organization America had ever witnessed and Big Meech himself immediately became underworld royalty and a pop-culture icon, shouted out on literally hundreds of rap tracks over the years, known in hip hop circles and elsewhere as an African American version of a Al Capone, Lucky Luciano or John Gotti.
The entire BMF crew was toppled by Operation Motor City Mafia in 2005. The feds estimated the organization had a net worth of close to $300,000,000. Flenory and his younger brother and BMF co-founder Terry (Southwest T) Flenory took 30-year plea deals on the eve of a 2007 trial that never happened. Neither Flenory brother was implicated in any acts of violence in the case.
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