16 indicted in alleged Black Mafia Family drug ring
ATLANTA -- Sixteen people have been indicted in an alleged drug ring run by the Black Mafia Family, which came to Atlanta several years ago seeking legitimacy by infiltrating the hip-hop industry here, federal authorities said Wednesday.
The indictment charges them with taking part in a nationwide cocaine distribution conspiracy that engaged in violence while moving thousands of pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $270 million.
"The government is one step closer to eradicating one of today's most violent and notorious drug trafficking organizations," said Rodney G. Benson, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement office in Atlanta. "The Black Mafia Family wreaked havoc from coast to coast."
Seven of the 16 defendants were arrested Wednesday. The names of seven of the remaining nine defendants remained under seal because they are still being sought by law enforcement, officials said.
Local law enforcement learned the organization existed after a 2003 double homicide in Club Chaos in Buckhead when an associate of hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Coombs and another man were both shot after the club closed early one morning. More here