Earlier this month, lawyers for reputed Detroit drug kingpin Brian (Peanut) Brown filed a motion with the U.S. District Court looking to retain jewelry and vehicles seized in a pair of raids two years ago, which was promptly answered with a response brief filed by the government hoping to block the request. The 47-year old Brown, a self-professed music-label impresario, is the target of a massive federal narcotics and money laundering inquiry, but has only been charged with a gun case as of yet and remains free on bond.

Peanut Brown owns BMB Records, an independent label based out of Michigan and home to Motor City rap staple Trick Trick, R&B lothario Ray-J, hip-hop diva Charli Baltimore and up-and-coming MC, Bre-Z, who acts on the hit television show Empire. Back in the late 1990s, Brown was busted for drug trafficking and did a decade behind bars. He came out of prison in 2010.

According to court records, the feds are asking the court that the $55,000 worth of jewelry, a classic Cadillac and a custom-built motorcycle Brown seeks to recover be forfeited to the government because they were bought with dirty money. The property was confiscated in multiple raids conducted in Atlanta and suburban Detroit, respectively, in 2015. The car (a 1976 Seville model) and bike are part of Brown’s half-million dollar luxury fleet of automobiles.

Since the investigation began over four years ago, the government has seized more than $500,000 in cash and eight kilos of uncut heroin. Authorities categorize Brown as the premier heroin czar in the Midwest region of the United States.

Prior to word of a federal criminal probe into his affairs hitting the media in the spring (first reported by The Detroit News back in March), he and his wife were slated to be the stars of a reality TV show on the Lifetime network called Detroit Dynasty. The show is currently being kept on-hold by the network until the investigation concludes.

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