Bill Kurtis hosts this special seven part documentary series on the history of organized crime in America. Each episode focuses on a different facet of the Mafia and it's leaders from the 1930's to the 1990's.
Runtime: 60 minutes
American Justice Target - Mafia - Black Mafia Family - Netflix
The Black Mafia Family (BMF) is a drug trafficking organization originally based in Detroit, MI, that was founded in the late 1980s by brothers Demetrius and Terry Flenory. By the year 2000, they had established cocaine distribution cells throughout the United States. Through their Los Angeles-based drug source, they had direct links to Mexican-based drug cartels. They established two main hubs for their operation: the Atlanta, Georgia hub, for distribution, was operated by older brother Demetrius, while the Los Angeles, California hub was operated by Terry to handle incoming shipments from Mexico. Its network eventually spanned as far as Los Angeles, California to Atlanta, Georgia. Around 2000, the organization tried to legitimize itself by entering the hip-hop music business, by starting BMF Entertainment. Through BMF Entertainment, it helped promote a number of artists, including Fabolous, and Young Jeezy, as well as BMF Entertainment's sole artist, Bleu DaVinci. Before their entrance into the music business, the Flenory Brothers were known to associate with a number of high-profile hip-hop artists, including E40, Trina, T.I., Shawty Lo, Jay-Z and Fabolous. In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indicted members of the Black Mafia Family, ultimately securing convictions by targeting the Flenory brothers under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute. Both were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Subsequent indictments eventually targeted over 150 members of the organization. Prosecutors alleged the organization made over $270 million over the course of the conspiracy.
American Justice Target - Mafia - Atlanta BMF indictments - Netflix
On July 26, 2007, the government unsealed indictments charging 16 BMF members in Atlanta with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. All 16 defendants were charged with participating in the overall cocaine distribution conspiracy. The conspiracy charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison as well as a $4,000,000 fine. Eventually, all defendants pleaded guilty before trial except Fleming Daniels, who chose to take his case to a jury, and William “Dewey” White who at the time of the indictment was on Parole in Michigan. The indictment was later dropped on Mr White because of the governments lack of evidence linking him to any of the alleged illegal activity. Mr. White refused to cooperate with the governments investigation and was placed in the Michigan department of corrections for violation of parole.
American Justice Target - Mafia - References - Netflix