Posted Sept. 15, 2008 – Leaders of the Black Mafia Family, whose drug-trafficking operations spidered out across the United States over the past decade and a half, raking in tens of millions of dollars, will spend the next 30 years in prison, a federal judge in Detroit has ruled.
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Between 1990 and 2005, the drug-dealing brothers – 38-year-old Terry Flenory (pictured right above), and 40-year-old Demetrius Flenory – cashed it in big-time. They left Detroit in the early 1990s and Terry, who relocated in Los Angeles, and Demetrius, who moved to Atlanta, broadened their empire through Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, California and Texas. Over the last eight years, authorities say they seized more than 476 kilograms of cocaine and $5 million in cash from the duo. Some of their drug-running vehicles were equipped with secret compartments to stash the goods.
The Flenorys lived a big-baller’s lifestyle, sporting luxury cars, fat cribs and bling. And in an ultra-slick move, they bought winning Michigan lottery tickets from the real winners to hide the source of their loot.
In addition to the Flenory brothers, some 65 people have been indicted in the case, many of whom have pleaded guilty and are now sentenced. The goods confiscated by the government from Black Mafia associates include more than $19 million in assets – including 13 homes, 35 vehicles, over $5 million in cash, and millions of dollars worth of jewelry.
In June, the case hit the national spotlight when Jacob Arabov – the notorious “King of Bling,” jeweler of the stars – was sentenced in Detroit to 2.5 years in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to feds about jewelry seized from him in a raid that belonged to members of the ring.