One of the key players in the notorious street drug gang known as the Black Mafia Family has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for cocaine conspiracy.
Fleming Daniels of Roswell, Ga., was also fined $10,000 for his role in the gang, the focus of federal prosecution in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, Ky., Orlando, Fla., and elsewhere.
The 35-year-old Daniels is the first of 16 defendants indicted in Atlanta to go to trial. Eleven entered guilty pleas. Three others are in custody and one is a fugitive.
Prosecutors painted a picture of the Black Family Mafia as a societal nuisance. They said that Roswell and his cohorts moved hundreds of kilos of coke into Atlanta, Detroit, and other cities between 2002 and 2003.
Daniels alone was responsible for at least 50 kilos, worth more than $1 million, they said.