A gun charge filed against BMF star Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. last month in Florida has been dropped, after his attorney proved there was a “mix-up” at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The actor’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, told TMZ this weekend that evidence presented to Broward County prosecutors — including a purchase receipt, gun case and permit for the firearm — proved Lil Meech’s bodyguard owned the gun. In response, prosecutors declined to file a misdemeanor charge against Meech, Cohen said.
Paula McMahon, a public information officer for the Broward State Attorney’s Office, confirmed to Urban Hollywood 411 on Sunday that the charge had been dropped.
“Following Mr. Flenory’s arrest, prosecutors reviewed all of the evidence and information available and declined to file any formal charges because of the facts and evidence available in the case and the statements made by Mr. Flenory and his employee,” McMahon said in a statement. “Florida law requires proof the individual had knowledge of the firearm being there.”
Lil Meech, 22, was taken into custody at the airport on Dec. 12, on suspicion of having a concealed firearm in his carry on bag, local authorities said at the time.
His attorney told TMZ the bodyguard, who was with the actor when he was arrested, explained to police that the gun was his, but they arrested Meech because he placed the bag containing the weapon on a TSA security belt.
Hip-hop mogul 50 Cent, who executive produces BMF, reacted to the news of the charge being cleared in a since-deleted Jan. 21 post on Instagram.
“OK, that’s out the way, now let’s go!” he captioned a screengrab of an article about the charge being dropped.
Lil Meech is the son of former drug lord Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, and plays his father on BMF.
The series is based on the true story of the Flenory brothers, who joined forces to create Black Mafia Family, one of the most prominent drug trafficking organizations in the U.S. in the 1980s and ’90s.
Season 2 of BMF premiered on Jan. 6.
We recently spoke with Lil Meech about his family’s reaction to the series. Check out the video below.