By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 28, 2013 at 4:22PM
A feature documentary we previously alerted you to will be released on DVD, after limited theatrical screenings, on February 5th, via Image Entertainment and One Village Entertainment.
Based on a story that's said to have initiated one of the most expansive DEA investigations in USA history, the synopsis for BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire, reads:
BMF explores the story of the 15-year investigation by the DEA, FBI and an elite drug task force called HIDTA that resulted in 41 defendants across the country being charged in one of the largest drug conspiracy cases ever. The film is a tale that combines the story of a criminal syndicate that lived on a code of honor and conduct that rivaled any of the five Mafia families, and ended just as dramatically under a hailstorm of government informants, wiretaps and surveillance that ultimately caused the downfall of the Hip-Hop Drug Empire.
For those unfamiliar, the Black Mafia Family (BMF), was a drug cartel that was created in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1980s, by Demetrius "Big Meech" and Terry Flenory. Over the following decade or so, their organization grew into a hugely successful nationwide enterprise.
Soon after, they began to use their financial gains to branch out into other businesses, creating a hip-hop music label called BMF Entertainment, promoting the careers of a few artists, some fairly well known, like Young Jeezy, Slim Thug and Fabolous.
But the castle they built all came crashing down in the mid-2000s, when they were busted, indicted and convicted on charges of running a notorious criminal enterprise that allegedly grossed over $270 million during the period of its existence. Both brothers were sentenced to prison for 30 years to life. Other members of their organization would also face jail sentences.
Available February 5, 2013 on DVD, the disc will cost an estimated cost of $14.98.