RAPPER Lil Meech, who rose to fame under the wing of the legendary 50 Cent, was arrested last weekend for his involvement in a conspiracy to steal thousands of dollars worth of watches.
According to authorities, Lil Meech, real name Demetrius Felnory Jr., tricked a Florida jeweler into lending him a $275.00 watch only to trade it to another jeweler.
Lil Meech reportedly told the jeweler in downtown Miami that he was using the expensive Mille Roberto Mancini Edition watch for a GQ photoshoot.
When police called the 22-year-old rapper and demanded that he turn himself in, authorities said he hung up.
“So we put out an arrest warrant,” said Miami Police Department spokesman Michael Vega.
The warrant was served sometime before May 14, the day Lil Meech turned himself in to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on first-degree theft and organized fraud schemes.
His bond was set at $150,000. He has been out of prison since Wednesday.
According to police, Lil Meech visited Haimov Jewelers on Feb. 4 to speak with owner Moshe Haimov, who agreed to loan him the watch on the condition that the rapper trade him an $80,000 and $100,000 Rolex paid for March and April.
Lil Meech went back to the store on Valentine’s Day and asked Haimov to fix the watch for missing stones.
Haimov loaned him a more expensive watch that cost a whopping $350,000 for the photoshoot. Police said the rapper signed a memorandum agreeing to return the item within three days.
However, he never showed up and allegedly visited a watch shop to ask the other jewelers to appraise the watch given to him by Haimov.
The competing jeweler agreed to trade Lil Meech’s Richard Mille Yohan Blake edition for $350,000.
Haimov noticed his watch while checking Timepiece’s Instagram account and called the authorities.
Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, produced a show starring Lil Meech back in 2021 and helped the young rapper gain popularity.
The show chronicled the life of Lil Meech’s drug lord father and his imprisonment for his involvement in the Black Mafia Family drug syndicate.
Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory founded BMF in the mid-1980s. The 53-year-old was arrested for transporting hundreds of pounds of cocaine to Atlanta through BMF Entertainment. and sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2008.
Big Meech’s sentence was reduced by three years in June 2021.
Demetrius and his brother, Lee “Southwest T” Flenory, 49, dealt drugs in high school.
The duo then formed BMF Entertainment in 2000, where they launched the careers of many high-profile hip-hop artists such as Young Jeezy, Fabolous and Trina.
During their peak, which occurred in 2003-2004, the siblings reportedly brought hundreds of pounds of cocaine to Atlanta.
The brothers’ criminal operations ended in 2005 after the Drug Enforcement Agency arrested them.
BMF premiered worldwide on September 26 on the Starz Channel.
The crime drama follows the true story of how two brothers founded the Black Mafia Family, the most prominent drug distribution network in American history.
Demetrius was played by his younger son, Demetrius Flenory Jr.
The drama’s second season has now been announced, with 50 Cent once again serving as executive producer.
He told Metro: “There’s so much to do…. They had business in St. Louis, we have to go to Atlanta and we still have to go to LA. And to Mexico to get the drugs.
“It’s almost like we travel to a different city each season, just tell a picture of the whole story.”
Back in February, a federal appeals body denied Demetrius’ request to have his sentence reduced.
According to The Detroit News, this was the convicted cocaine king’s latest attempt to get out of federal prison some 10 years early amid the pandemic.
Federal prosecutors believed the former rap promoter remained a danger to the community and did not have any of the COVID-19 risk factors.
Demetrius’ attorney Wade Fink told the website: “We have asked the court to hear the medical experts who testified that my client is in serious danger of dying from COVID-19. But the experts were again ignored.
“And I attribute much of that to the shameful behavior of certain prosecutors in this case, which turned my client into a box-office monster.”
Back in August, Big Meech spoke to All Hip Hop about his life story.
When asked why he started selling drugs, the former crime boss explained: “My brother, sister and I grew up in a household with both of our parents. Neither of my parents had any drug or drinking habits.”
“We grew up in church, so we prayed for everything. If the WIC program food stamps and lunch box are late, let us pray.
“When the electricity and gas were shut off we pray and praying is having faith that God will help you or show you the way to help yourself. Faith without works means nothing, so after many nights with the gas and lights out and holes in the bottom of my $15 Payless shoes, my brother and I wear the same clothes every other day.”
He concluded: “My brother and I needed to find a way to make a quick buck, so we hit the streets and got up without having to rob and kill anyone. It was supply and demand, it was as simple as that.”
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