Affiliates of Notorious Crime Syndicate Still Being Arrested
The U.S. Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force have arrested the final few members of the notorious Black Mafia Family crime organization. Two members were arrested last week in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood and two others were taken into custody earlier this month in Atlanta and Dayton, Ohio.
According to James Ergas of the U.S. Marshals Service, Ernest Dennis and Johnathon Manigault were seen in a hotel parking lot walking towards two reportedly stolen luxury vehicles, a 2010 Lexus and a 2010 Mercedes Benz. The cars were valued at $130,000. The duo also allegedly had fake IDs and credit cards under the phony names.
Dennis was on the Atlanta Police Department’s 10 Most Wanted List and had an outstanding aggravated assault charge and is wanted in North and South Carolina for automobile theft. “He has a history of being tied to BMF and [he has] an extremely violent history,” Ergas said. Manigault was wanted for a Georgia auto theft charge and also for a probation violation in South Carolina.
On February 1st, Tovis Raines was arrested in Atlanta and information led marshals to Ricardo Webb in Ohio. This despite the fact that federal agents claimed that the last of the BMF was taken into custody as far back as 2009.
“There are still people out there with BMF but they don’t have the money [the group once had],” Ergas said. “They aren’t as dangerous. They aren’t as organized or have connections to the drugs.”
At one point, the infamous BMF had a controlling stake in virtually all of the cocaine and crack sold in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and various other major cities. Approximately 150 members have been convicted on drug or weapons charges since 2003.