Dem Franchize Boyz' Parlae Gets Drug Charges Reduced
As previously reported, Parlae (whose real name is Maurice Gleaton) was arrested along with seven other men at an Atlanta recording studio this June when police searched Making Big Moves Entertainment and discovered several pounds of marijuana.
Yesterday, August 28th Parlae appeared before Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore at his plea hearing, which had previously been rescheduled from an earlier date. When the defendants' charges were read they had been reduced from drug trafficking to the charge of possession with the intent to distribute.
"The crime lab responsible for weighing the drugs has determined the amount of drugs recovered was below ten pounds," Parlae's attorney Ash Joshi said. "The change in the charge is significant because trafficking carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years but the new charge of possession with the intent to distribute carries no minimum sentence."
The case will also be moved to a new judge (Judge Craig Shwall) because fellow defendant, Making Moves Entertainment CEO Anthony Blalock (who was the target of the June 13th police search warrant) has another open trafficking case from a previous arrest. Joshi said that it's possible the courts may decide to charge Blalock separately from the other six defendants but either way Parlae probably will not have to report back to court for another three to four weeks. Joshi expects the case will go to trial within the next month and a half.
Parlae will be returning to tour with the rest of Dem Franchize Boyz on their Up Close and Personal Tour this Friday, September 1 in Virginia Beach, VA. The remaining dates of the tour are listed below:
9/1 Verizon WirelessVAVirginia Beach,VA
9/3 Alltel Pavilion Raleigh, NC
9/4 Boutwell Auditorium Birmingham, AL
9/7 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL
9/8/ Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
9/9 ChastainParkAmpitheater Atlanta, GA
9/10 Verizon WirelessNCCharlotte, NC
9/12 Germain Ampitheater Columbus, OH
9/14 FedEx Forum Memphis, TN
9/15 UMB Bank PavilionMOMaryland Heights, MO
9/16 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
9/17 Charter One Pavilion Chicago, IL
9/21 Verizon WirelessTXSelma, TX
9/22 Cynthia Woods Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
9/23 Smirnoff Music Centre Dallas, TX
9/24 Verizon WirelessKSBonner Springs, KS
9/28 Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA
09/29 Verizon WirelessCAIrvine,CA
9/30 Cricket Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
10/1 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque, NM
10/6 Sleep Train/Chronicle Pavilion Concord, CA
10/8 Sleep Train Amph. (Marysville) Marysville, CA