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Dem Franchize Boyz Member Arrested In Atlanta
A member of chart-topping Atlanta rap group Dem Franchize Boyz was one of eight people arrested last night (June 13) in a drug raid at an Atlanta recording studio.A member of chart-topping Atlanta rap group Dem Franchize Boyz was one of eight people arrested last night (June 13) in a drug raid at an Atlanta recording studio.
Maurice "Parlae" Gleaton, 23, was charged with trafficking marijuana, police said. Atlanta police and other agencies said they seized 11 pounds of marijuana, two firearms and more than $150,000 in cash.
Several of the suspects saw police on a video surveillance system at the studio and were attempting to flush the marijuana down a toilet when they were arrested, police said. A spokesperson for the group did not return telephone calls seeking comment.
The group is considered among the originators of "snap," a hip-hop style known for its minimal instrumentation and repetitive, dance-friendly beat. The lyrics to its hit song "Lean Wit It" include several references to marijuana. They mention "green grams in my sock," and include the lines "smoke some green with it" and "call me Teddy/I've got grams."
The seven others charged in the raid include Anthony Blalock, 27, CEO of Makin' Big Moves Records in Atlanta. Blalock is charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Atlanta police spokesperson Peter Coleman.
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