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‘Black Mafia Family’ Drug Gang Members Sentenced In Atlanta

The vicious drug gang that started in Detroit and spread its tentacles around the country, peddled drugs and violence.

By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA — Nine members of the Black Mafia Family were sentenced to prison Wednesday. They were some of the last remaining members of an organization that controlled or had a hand in the cocaine and crack sold in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and places in between.
One more person is to be sentenced Thursday, Franklin Nash.
One by one, for almost nine hours Wednesday, some of the lower-ranking members of the Atlanta branch of the Black Mafia Family stood before U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans to hear their punishment.
All got prison time – ranging from four years to more than 16 1/2 years for drug conspiracy. They also got probation once they are released. Each asked the judge to recommend them for an intensive drug program in prison, which could reduce their sentences.
The Black Mafia Family began with two brothers – Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory – selling crack cocaine in Detroit high schools in the mid-1980s. Within a few years, their Black Mafia Family had moved into 11 states, making money through distribution rather than direct street sales.Their “tentacles reached all over the country,” said defense attorney John Lovell, who represented Deron Hall.
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