Wiretaps help convict Louisville Black Mafia Family member

Published: Jul. 29, 2011 at 2:51 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2011 at 7:46 AM EDT
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Toree Sims (Source: U.S. Marshals)
Toree Sims (Source: U.S. Marshals)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Federal prosecutors used wiretaps to convict a Louisville man for his part in the so-called Black Mafia Family crime syndicate. 36-year-old Toree Sims was convicted of possessing and selling up to 100 kilograms of cocaine.

Prosecutors say the wiretaps not only helped take down Sims but many defendants involved in the drug smuggling and money laundering with this modern day crime family.

The taped conversations helped bring down one of the most notorious crime organizations in recent history. The wiretaps are among evidence keeping Sims, who authorities are calling a Louisville drug kingpin, off the streets.

Federal prosecutors say Sims headed Louisville operations for Michigan brothers Terry and Demetrius Flenory, creators of the Black Mafia Family. The family pulled off a massive drug network from Detroit to Miami transporting drugs and cash in hidden compartments of stretch limos.

When U.S. Marshals were looking for Sims, also known as Pink Suit, back in 2005, they told us then he brought 20 to 30 kilos of cocaine into Louisville every month.

The calls to Pink Suit from Detroit link him directly to shipments.

Phone call from Detroit: "What's going on good people what up with you ... We're in Kentucky, man."

Investigators told us Pink Suit thought he was the River City's Scarface. When they originally searched his apartment, they seized more than 17 fur coats.

Sims was on the run for some time until he was featured on the TV show, "America's Most Wanted." He was convicted July 21 by a federal jury in Louisville of possession and distribution of cocaine after a four day trial.

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