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The story so far

Timeline for Hip-hop's shadowy empire

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  • Circa 2000: Ten years after Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother, Terry “Southwest T,” began to operate an alleged drug ring, the organization begins to call itself the Black Mafia Family.
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  • November 2003: Meech is arrested by Atlanta Police in connection with the Buckhead shooting deaths of Anthony “Wolf” Jones, who happened to be P. Diddy’s former bodyguard, and Wolf’s friend, Lamont “Riz” Girdy.
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  • March 2004: A record label called BMF Entertainment is incorporated, with Meech as CEO.
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  • April 2004: A suspected BMF member named Jabari Hayes is stopped on a Missouri highway for the second time in a month. Police find nearly $600,000 in his vehicle the first time, and nearly $9 million worth of cocaine the second. Two other BMF members are also stopped this month and caught with nine kilos of coke. And Tremayne Graham, then-son-in-law of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, is arrested on federal cocaine-distribution charges related to the BMF enterprise.
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  • July 2004: Rashannibal “Prince” Drummond, 23, is shot to death during a melee in the parking lot behind the Velvet Room. Atlanta Police believe BMF members were linked to the shooting.
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  • September 2004: Ulysses Hackett, a co-defendant of Graham’s who police say was thinking about turning state’s witness, is killed along with his girlfriend in a Highland Avenue apartment. Two weeks later, the arrest of an Atlanta crack dealer named Rafael “Smurf” Allison starts leading investigators up a ladder of coke busts.
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  • October 2004: Police arrest Meech in a DeKalb County roadblock. Two days later, investigators in Fulton County launch an intensive wiretap investigation into BMF.
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  • November 2004: Police catch alleged BMF member Jeffery Leahr and his girlfriend with 10 kilos of coke in the backseat of the Porsche he’s driving. They search for his close friend, Omari McCree, who is allegedly a high-ranking BMF member, but can’t find him. Graham disappears as well. Both men are considered fugitives.
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  • May 2005: Henry “Pookie Loc” Clark dies of a gunshot wound after he and four other men allegedly targeted rapper Gucci Mane in a home invasion. Pookie Loc, a Macon rapper, had been trying to finalize a record deal with the label co-owned by Gucci’s nemesis, popular rapper Young Jeezy. Charges are later dropped against Gucci Mane, who allegedly shot Pookie in self defense.
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  • June 2005: Atlanta Police pick up Omari along Boulevard in Atlanta, and Omari begins to tell police about BMF. Eight days later, U.S. Marshals track down Graham in Southern California.?

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