In response to the significant wave of arrests in Missouri linked to the Black Mafia Family (BMF), 50 Cent, the G-Unit rapper and creator of the BMF series on STARZ, expressed his astonishment at the legal developments. On Thursday, October 19, he took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the matter.
The rapper and producer went on to announce his intentions to launch a new spin-off series revolving around BMF member Chad E. “JBo” Brown, who was among those arrested in the operation.
“BMF again 🤯ain’t this a bitch, J BO story is a spin off I’m a put it on the tube you know the vibes.”
50 Cent’s BMF series, which delves into the world of the notorious drug trafficking and money laundering organization, made its debut on STARZ in 2021, with the third season scheduled to premiere in 2024. On Thursday, October 19, the Eastern District of Missouri revealed that more than two dozen individuals had been apprehended on charges related to drug trafficking and fraud.
A total of 34 individuals faced charges in connection with this investigation, with prosecutors identifying them as either members or associates of the Black Mafia Family. U.S. Attorney Sayler A. Fleming remarked, “These indictments and arrests targeted an organization that did not just limit their crimes to drug trafficking.”
Fleming continued, “Others have been accused of laundering money for the organization or taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to fraudulently obtain thousands of dollars in loans that were intended for struggling businesses and employees.”
Among the arrested individuals, Chad E. “JBo” Brown, aged 51, faced an indictment on one count of bank fraud and one count of using a false writing or document. He is alleged to have submitted a fraudulent IRS Schedule C form to secure a PPP loan.
Robert L. Lewis, 45 years old, received an indictment on four counts of fentanyl distribution and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Meanwhile, Robert “Honest” Sims, aged 40, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine, and Samir Simpson-Bey, aged 37, faced an indictment on one count of distributing 40 grams or more of fentanyl.
Additionally, Jeremy “Welo” Steele, aged 44, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine.
Jay Greenberg, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI St. Louis Division, emphasized the significance of this week’s operation, stating, “This week’s take-down demolished multiple drug trafficking organizations which were the main suppliers of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cocaine into the St. Louis region.”
He continued, “Today’s arrests of more than two dozen suspects by the St. Louis Gateway Strike Force is a culmination of a four-year investigation into a world of violence frequently associated with drug trafficking.”
This transformative event represents a pivotal moment in the battle against drug-related crimes in the region, with 50 Cent also poised to add a new dimension to the BMF narrative with his forthcoming spin-off series.