RAPPER Lil Meech, who gained fame while under the wing of the iconic 50 Cent, was arrested last weekend for his involvement in a plot to steal thousands of dollars worth of watches.
According to authorities, Lil Meech, real name Demetrius Felnory Jr, tricked a Florida jeweler to loan him a $275,00 watch only to trade it to another jeweler.
Lil Meech allegedly told the downtown Miami jeweler he was using the expensive Mille Roberto Mancini edition watch for a GQ photoshoot.
When police called the 22-year-old rapper and asked him to turn himself in, authorities said he hung up the phone.
“So we wrote up a warrant,” said Miami Police Spokesman Michael Vega.
The warrant was served sometime before May 14, the day Lil Meech turned himself in at the Turner Guilford Knight correctional center on charges of first-degree theft and organized scheme to defraud.
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His bond was set for $150,000. As of Wednesday, he is no longer in jail.
Law enforcement said Lil Meech visited Haimov Jewelers on February 4 to speak with owner Moshe Haimov, who agreed to lend him the watch on the condition that the rapper traded him an $80,000 Rolex and paid $100,000 for March and April.
Lil Meech went back to the store on Valentine’s Day asking Haimov to repair the watch because of missing stones.
Haimov lent him a more expensive watch, costing a whopping $350,000 for the photoshoot. Police said the rapper signed a memorandum agreeing that he would return the item within three days.
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However, he never showed up and allegedly visited a Timepiece Trading, asking the other jewelers to appraise the watch given to him by Haimov.
The competing jeweler agreed to trade Lil Meech the Richard Mille Yohan Blake edition for $350,000.
Haimov noticed his watch when looking at Timepiece’s Instagram account and called authorities.
Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, produced a show with Lil Meech in the lead role back in 2021, helping the young rapper gain popularity.
The show chronicled the life of Lil Meech’s drug kingpin father and his incarceration due to his involvement in the Black Mafia Family drug syndicate.
Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory founded the BMF in the mid-1980s. The 53-year-old was busted for moving hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into Atlanta through BMF Entertainment. and sentenced to 30 years in jail in 2008.
Big Meech’s sentence was reduced by three years in June 2021.
Demetrius and his brother, Lee “Southwest T” Flenory, 49, were dealing drugs back in high school.
Then in 2000, the duo started BMF Entertainment, where they launched the career of many high-profile hip hop artists such as Young Jeezy, Fabolous, and Trina.
During their peak, which took place from 2003 through 2004, the siblings were reportedly moving hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into Atlanta.
Both of the brothers’ crime operations came to an end 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 created the Black Mafia Family, the most prominent drug distribution network in American history.
Demetrius was played by his younger son Demetrius Flenory Jr.
The second season of the drama has now been announced, with 50 Cent again serving as executive producer.
He told Metro: “There’s so much to really get to…. they had business in St. Louis, we’ve got to get to Atlanta and we’ve still got to get to LA. And to Mexico to get the drugs.
“It’s almost like a different city every season we’ve got to get to, just tell a picture of the full story.”
Back in February, a federal appeals panel rejected Demetrius’ request to shorten his sentence.
This was the convicted cocaine kingpin’s latest attempt to leave federal prison about 10 years early amid the pandemic, according to The Detroit News.
Federal prosecutors believed the former rap promoter remained a danger to the community and would not suffer from any of the COVID-19 risk factors.
Demetrius’s Lawyer, Wade Fink, told the site: “We pleaded with the court to listen to the medical experts who testified that my client is in serious danger of dying from COVID-19. But the experts were ignored again.
“And I attribute much of that to the shameful behavior of certain prosecutors in this case, who have made my client into a box office-type monster.”
Back in August, Big Meech discussed his life story with All Hip Hop.
When asked why he started selling drugs, the former crime boss explained: “My brother, sister, and I grew up in a household with both our parents. Neither of my parents had any type of drug or drinking habits.”
“We were raised in the church, so we prayed for everything. When the food stamps and the WIC program box of food was late, then we pray.
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“When the electric and gas got cut off, we pray and to pray is to have faith that God is going to help you or show you the way to help yourself, faith without works means nothing so after many nights with the gas and lights off and going to school with holes in the bottom of my 2 for $15 Payless shoes, and my brother and I wearing the same clothes every other day.”
He concluded: “My brother and I had to find a way to make some fast money, so we hit the streets and came up without having to rob and kill someone. It was supply and demand, simple as that.”