This is her first book. Approximately every 10 days, vehicles would arrive with 100—150 kilograms of cocaine packed in secret compartments. Founding location , Years active 1980s—Present Territory States: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and Membership Over 150 members indicted thus far. They eventually built their small Detroit operation into a national, wholesale cocaine empire known as the Black Mafia Family. If their portrayals were accurate, it'll be Big Meech. In February 26, 2010 he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter.
As such, the crew must have been making serious money and I was amazed at how much of this could be used to buy cars and homes in the names of other people without much legitimate income of their own. Inside, police found a small amount of marijuana and a few pills. The flow is not always smooth and the author often reiterates facts. Task force agents found Gatling behind insulation in the attic; at that moment shots were fired from outside the house at law enforcement. I also knew many of the characters. Demetrius Flenory, Terry Flenory were charged under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute, conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. While not widely announced in the paper, the presence was common knowledge amongst the criminal elements in the area and following this trade picked up apace and with greater openness.
The work by the various law enforcement agencies was thorough and complete. Diddy's name was mentioned throughout the book because of his first cousin being a lower level trafficker for Big Meech. So, my days are like a living hell. I also found the chapters to be disjointed. Finally, I did like this book as the subject matter is fascinating to me.
By the year 2000, they had established cocaine distribution sales throughout the United States. He was indicted in 2007 for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Around 2001, there was a split between the brothers, with Terry moving to Los Angeles with his girlfriend to head his own organization and Demetrius staying in Atlanta. Big Meech: Are you kidding? Louis with small amounts of marijuana and weapons found throughout the house, which was also occupied by multiple people at the time of the arrest. Archived from on 30 November 2009. The also shed light on more of the group's alleged activities in the indictment papers, which included running drug money through various banks and money wiring services in an attempt to disguise its origin.
In a safe inside the house were several weapons, as well as multiple vehicles at the home. The group had also been accused of obtaining several winning tickets from a third party, which they paid cash for, and then cashing in the tickets in an attempt to make the money appear legitimate. The story presented is fascinating and illustrates why Big Meech and the gang he started with his brother Terry became so famous within the hip-hop community. The most obvious manner why he has been so celebrated within that community is his promotion of Young Jeezy at the beginning of his career. Meech himself says that his most cherished memories come from his experiences with Young Jeezy while he was blowing up. Interviewing members from all levels of the national organization, including now-imprisoned Big Meech, Atlanta-based journalist Shalhoup delivers a stunning exposé of a crime empire that collapsed under the weight of its own success, rising and falling on its charismatic founder's desperate desire for success, popularity, and, ultimately, music-business legitimacy. These events and a number of others formed the backbone of the government's case against the two brothers.
Nonetheless, this information is well marshalled and presented in a coherent and understandable manner, which is no mean feat given the intricacy and secrecy of the network in question. I was a bit shocked by the celebrities tied to the brothers. Despite his best efforts, the family could not escape poverty. After a decade in the drug game, the Flenorys had it all--a fleet of Maybachs, Bentleys and Ferraris, a 500-man workforce operating in six states, and an estimated quarter of a billion in drug sales. Both were sentenced to 30 years in prison. This time, however, it was largely done by Mexican gangs with military backgrounds that made the 270 million brought in by the Black Mafia Family look like peanuts.
Overall, I give this an A+. Two suitcases containing approximately 95 kilograms of cocaine and 572 grams of marijuana were found in the back of the Range Rover after a K-9 unit was alerted to drugs in the vehicle. Through their Los Angeles-based drug source, they had direct links to Mexican-based drug cartels. In the end, was it worth killing their people on the street for the sake of that paper? During the fight, a friend of Drummond's fired a warning shot to scare everyone off; Daniels allegedly retrieved his gun, returned fire, then walked over to Drummond and executed him on the ground. This was an excellent read. And the title of the book definitely says it all. A music video was later produced for the single, though it was never released to networks.
What the book lacked in personal information, for example interviews with family members or childhood friends and individual psychological analysis, it partially made up with coverage of the practical and operational aspects of the business. Clearly not simply money for the sake of accumulation. He is described as more fraternal and caring than his brother Terry, who is described as manipulative and paranoid. By 2003, the two had been involved in a major falling out and rarely spoke to one another. When the brothers began clashing in 2003, the flashy and beloved Big Meech risked it all on a shot at legitimacy in the music industry. It is a tale built on the seduction of vast sums of money, a seduction that pulled in hip-hop stars but that also had a darker side. And more importantly, was it worth it to lose everything? He was a man really living the alternative, black American dream and his lifestyle and image are ever present in late 90s and early 2000s southern gangster rap.