May 8, 2020 — United States District Court Judge David Lawson denied high-profile drug kingpin Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory’s request for a compassionate release due to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, one day after his little brother and co-defendant Terry (Southwest T) Flenory walked free. Lawson told attorneys for Big Meech that the order of operation in seeking relief was flawed: Flenory still has a medical-release request pending with the Bureau of Prisons and Lawson ruled he won’t consider a compassionate release until that matter is resolved.

The Flenory brothers founded and led the Black Mafia Family from 1990 until their arrest in 2005, building the biggest, widest reaching and most culturally-significant drug empire the American dope game had ever seen. Seeding their organization in their hometown of Detroit, they went on to establish franchises in 23 different states from coast-to-coast and bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds.

In 2007, both Big Meech and Southwest T pleaded guilty to heading a federal narcotics trafficking conspiracy and were each sentenced to 30-year prison terms. Since his incarceration 15 years ago, Big Meech has been anointed a hip-hop deity and has morphed into a ubiquitous piece of pop culture in the era of “trap rap,” a genre of music he personally inspired.

The lower key, 51-year old Terry Flenory was released from a federal correctional facility in Kentucky Tuesday morning. He had his 30-year sentence reduced by six years in 2018 and was scheduled to be sprung in 2026. As of right now, Big Meech’s out-date is listed as October 2031.

The U.S. Attorney Office filed a 26-page brief with Judge Lawson last week arguing against the court granting Big Meech a compassionate release. The brief included a reference to a “pending murder charge” out of Atlanta.

On November 11, 2003, Flenory was involved in a 2003 parking lot shooting outside Atlanta’s Chaos nightclub in which hip-hop mogul Puffy Combs’ bodyguard Anthony (Wolf) Jones ended up dead. Big Meech was wounded in the shooting as well. Prosecutors in George indicted Flenory for murder, but dropped the charges when it was ruled Flenory was acting in self defense. There’s no statute of limitations on murder and Flenory could in theory be indicted again.

Rapper and actor 50 Cent is producing an upcoming BMF television series for the Starz Network. “Lil Meech” Flenory, Big Meech’s son, is signed as a rapper to 50 Cent’s G-Unit label and is in the running for the starring role in the television show as his pops.

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