BMF Soldier & Puff Daddy Bodyguard P.J. Buford Wants Out Of Prison After COVID-19 Diagnosis

June 4, 2020 — Former Bad Boy Records security chief Paul (P.J.) Buford is seeking a get-out-of-jail free card from a federal judge in Detroit based on his contracting the Coronavirus in prison serving a 15-year prison term for narcotics trafficking activity with the notorious Black Mafia Family. Buford, 50, is one of the last remaining members of “BMF” still behind bars from the landmark 2005 Operation Motor City Mafia bust. Lawyers for Buford, being housed in a federal correctional facility in California, filed a motion for compassionate release this week in U.S. District Court out of Michigan.

BMF co-founder, Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, 50, walked out of his Ashland, Kentucky prison cell this spring six years early via a compassionate release granted by U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson. His brother, the more high-profile Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory, who became the face of the culturally-transcendent BMF at its peak of power in the 2000s, is currently awaiting a ruling from Lawson on his identical motion. The story of the Flenorys and BMF will soon be coming to cable television as a scripted series on the Starz network, produced by rapper 50 Cent.

The Flenorys started BMF in Detroit in 1990 and soon expanded around the country, setting up BMF satellite crews in 24 different states by the time they were indicted a decade and a half later. At the time of their arrests, authorities declared BMF the biggest domestic drug organization in American history. DEA records show informants telling the government that Bad Boy Records founder and hip-hop mogul Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs received his seed financing for the label from BMF in 1993.

P.J. Buford was Bad Boy’s Head of Security when the label dominated the charts in the mid-to-late 1990s in addition to being an early lieutenant of the Flenory brothers’ in their drug affairs. Combs’ first cousin, Darryl (Poppa D) Taylor, was a BMF soldier as well. Buford and Taylor were both nailed in the Operation Motor City Mafia case. Buford went on the run for the next four years making his way on to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list until he was finally apprehended during a routine traffic stop in 2009 in Mississippi.

Besides Buford and Big Meech, only BMF “consigliere” Fleming (ILL) Daniels, remains in prison from the core BMF crew. Daniels is doing 20 years for drug dealing and life for a state murder conviction out of Georgia stemming from an altercation at an Atlanta nightclub parking lot in 2004 where Daniels shot a man execution style for touching his car. Without judicial intervention, Buford is looking at a 2025 release date.

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