Black Underworld




When you speak of dangerous black enforcers/hit men, people often name Wayne "Silkk" Perry as the most dangerous hit man in history. I beg to differ, as reported before, Chester Campbell Wheeler (above) is the most dangerous black hit man in U.S. history. This contract killer is alleged to have killed 300 people.

Chester Campbell Wheeler was feared by other hit men. They were also in awe of him.

He charged $10,000 per hit in the 1970's-1980's. He was usually flown in by clients (all expenses paid) to execute the intended target. He was always attired in black when he murdered people.

Law enforcement didn't instill fear in Wheeler, on one occasion, he tried to run them off the road.

Cops found a "kill list" notebook (in his car) that included 300 names of victims and dead informants as well as daily routines and the diagrams of homes.

Additional information on Chester Campbell Wheeler below.


A convicted murderer and reputed hit man for drug dealers -- who triggered a furor in 1975 when
he was arrested with notebooks filled with details about drug investigations and top law
enforcement officials -- was arrested Wednesday by federal agents.

The arrest of Chester Wheeler Campbell, 57, appeared to be a carbon copy of the 1975 incident
in which police also seized drugs and weapons from him.

Marijuana, heroin, cocaine, one shotgun, six handguns -- one equipped with a silencer -- and the
ingredients for a remote- controlled firebomb were among the items seized from Campbell
Wednesday, said Kenneth Walton, special agent in charge of the Michigan FBI office.

Campbell, on parole for a federal weapons violation, was arrested at 9 a.m. by FBI and U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents as he drove from his home in the 5200 block of
Ivanhoe on Detroit's west side, Walton said.

"We received information that he was a convicted felon who was in possession of firearms,"
Walton said.

AFTER Campbell stepped out of the car, FBI agents searched him and found a .45 caliber semi-
automatic pistol and "what appeared to be a ballpoint pen, but was actually what is known as a
pen gun that fires a single .22 caliber bullet," Walton said.

Inside the car, Walton said, agents found a .44 Magnum semi- automatic pistol loaded with
exploding bullets, a .357 Magnum revolver, a .38 caliber revolver, a .32 caliber semi-automatic
pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun.

The agents also found about $10,000 cash in the car and a book containing the names and
addresses of "what appears to be every known major narcotics dealer in Detroit," Walton said.

The car also was filled with what Walton called "personal, handwritten records and other
documents . . . that appear to be surveillance reports on various individuals and . . . records of
various narcotics transactions."

In the trunk, agents found a remote control timing device, blasting caps and gasoline, Walton

During a search of Campbell's two-story brick home, agents found another shotgun, three more
revolvers and 44 pounds of marijuana, Walton said.

CAMPBELL, who has served time in prison on murder, robbery and drug charges, was paroled
in September 1984 after being convicted on weapons charges.

He appeared Wednesday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Virginia Morgan on charges of
illegally possessing weapons and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Morgan ordered Campbell held without bond. If convicted, Campbell faces a maximum sentence
of 50 years.

This is the last known article on Chester Campbell Wheeler. If he's alive, his whereabouts are unknown.



Despite being in a wheelchair, "Wheelchair Mike" is considered the most feared and powerful black baller in Las Vegas. This pretty boy (photos do him no justice) has been allegedly linked to the wife of one of the richest men in Las Vegas.

According to rumors: She lavished him with gifts, including a $50,000-$100,000 per month allowance. Mike is also an alleged pimp with a stable of 20 women.

It wasn't unusual to see Mike in the VIP section of the top nightclubs with a beautiful woman sitting in his lap.

He's also been spotted backstage at A-list concerts, mingling with celebrities.


Far from the seedy hotels, Back alleys and dark corners of “Sin City” some less than reputable flesh peddlers live in luxury. More and more investigations of suspected pimps lead Metro Vice detectives to some of the valley’s poshest neighborhoods.

The IRS and Metro Vice detectives executed two search warrants at the same time. One in Lake Las Vegas and the other in Spanish Trails. In neighborhoods known for their high-dollar homes, millionaire pimps live alongside doctors, lawyers and business executives.

In one of the valley’s most exclusive communities, a small army approaches. It’s the Metro Police Departments’s SWAT and Vice units and investigators from the Internal Revenue Service. They descend on a multi-million dollar mansion. It is the rental home of suspected pimp Wheelchair Mike who’s real name is Micah Duncan.

Investigators detain Duncan, along with his 19-year-old companion, as SWAT officers move from room to room. Though he may not look the part, Duncan has a history of violence including a 2007 armed robbery conviction and a recent federal indictment as an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

This night, Metro investigators seek evidence of pandering. It is no small endeavor given the enormity of the residence which is some 20-thousand square feet.

Investigators seize more than half-a-million dollars in vehicles alone, including a Mercedes, Maybach and a pair of Rolls Royces. Symbols of ostentatious wealth not lost on the IRS.

A Metro arrest report links Duncan to several alleged prostitutes recently busted for soliciting at a strip club. Det. Baughman suspects the castle, the cars and some $20,000 in cash are the fruits of their labor. Its the spoils of the sex trade controlled by pimps.

This was the first search warrant as part of a new partnership between Metro Vice and the IRS. Together, they hope to punish pimps on two fronts, by taking their freedom and their possessions.

Duncan was released from State facility [State Charges] on $3000.00 bond, however he was immediately taken into custody by Federal Authorities on Federal charges.



In the 1980's and 1990's, "The Gabor," call girl ring (led by Jimi Starr-top photo) had celebrities, politicians and athletes on lockdown in Hollywood, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas and New York. This multi-racial ring averaged $10,000 per night (each). All that glitters isn't gold and a few of the Gabor's met a tragic end.


Bianca was the bottom woman. She had been a premiere runway fashion model with a nationally known black fashion organization. She was tall and beautiful with a chocolate complexion and an model carriage.


Tina started robbing a mobster trick. She gifted Jimi Starr with stacks of cash, Rolex watches and a countless number of diamond rings. One of her victim's was Vito; an aging and renowned drug trafficking gangster who owned a chain of topless bars throughout America. He had the respect of every criminal in the country.

Tina was dark and slender and had huge silcione-implanted breasts that would have made Dolly Parton blush.

When Jimi found out the stolen bling belong to a dangerous Italian gangster. He approached Tina.

Before he could say anything, Tina said, Jimi, I risked my life, stealing that gangsters jewelry for you! Vito tells me he forgives me. Even though Vito did question me, asking me the whereabouts of the jewelry, I never divulged that information.

Vito is now my Italian sugar daddy, he assured me that everything was okay.

Jimi told her, when Don Vito gets here, he's going to give you something, all right, and you are not going to like it. Wake up you ignorant fool. You've robbed the mob.

Jimi pulled out a velvet pouch (containing the jewelry) and gave it back to Tina.

Two weeks later, Jimi got a call from Bianca.

Jimi, they found Tina in an abandoned building, that is known as a trick spot for prostitutes. Her tongue was cut out and stitched into the crack of her a**; her thumbs and index fingers were cut off, both hands were missing from the scene. Her implants were cut out; and pinned to the skin of her empty and sagging left breast was a piece of notepad paper that simply said "thief."

Bianca added: The truly cold and ironic part of the story is that even though they had manically butchered Tina, they left her alive!


Tee, 8, was returned to her mother Marie, after she was released from the pen. Marie was addicted and continued to use narcotics.

One night, on her knees in the bathroom, Marie cringed and retched into the toilet. Cold chills ran up and down her soaked spine. She was cold. She was hot. She was cold again.

She was dope sick in the worst possible way.

Whose d**k could she suck? Who could she have sex with? She needed money to get a quick fix.

From behind Marie, Tee's small voice said, "Mommy, are you all right?" With the eyes of a venomous serpent anticipating devouring it's prey, the mother turned and eyed the child. Reaching out, she pulled the child close.

Hugging Baby Tee, Marie whispered, "Yes honey, Mommy's all right now."

Embracing Tee, Marie wickedly thought to herself, I'll call Uncle Mike. He's got dope and he's got cash. Uncle Mike likes kid pu**y. She frantically made the phone call for the narcotics and cash she needed.

Hello Mike, do you still like them young?

Within the hour, Mike arrived and placed Tee's small nude body on his nude lap. Later, he performed anal sex on this child.

Four years later, when Tee was 12, she heard a car door shut in the driveway. She also heard the drug induced voice of her mother and two strange men. With her bedroom lights out, she stood behind the door and listened to the conversation in the next room.

"No! My girlfriend's not ugly," Marie said. She simply wants to keep her identity a mystery. You see she is married to one of your co-workers at the factory. Her husband's a manager, to be precise, and she don't want her husband to know she's whoring around. Sure, my girlfriend's got some real good pu**y. The drunken men roared with laughter.

Marie then entered Tee's darkened room.

"Baby, Mommy needs you to do her another little favor." "Mommy has some friends who want to meet you. I would to be especially nice to them," she whispered. "Remember, like always, keep the lights out. We don't want them to know how old you are.

In the supposed and anticipated secrecy of darkness and in the confines of Tee's small room, her mother and the two men performed circus acts and freak love. "Oooh weee! Oooh weee!" the giant Black bald headed trick moaned and groaned in sexual delight as he reached climax.

The trick's curiosity and excitement led him to turn the light on. His face filled with unexplained horror, then shock, and then disbelief. Raising his hand, he pointed at Tee.

He screamed at the top of his lungs. She's just a little girl. He glared at Marie. Junkie bitch, this is your baby!

In complete disgust, the trick continued to scream. You disgusting tramp. He balled his fists and rushed across the room. The two tricks beat and stomped Marie into convulsions, rendering her unconscious.

Sadly, Tee would turn to prostitution. She became a "Gabor." She would die a few years later.

Source: "Pimp Tales," by: James Robinson




Drug kingpin Frank Lucas (who Denzel Washington will be portraying in the upcoming film, American Gangster) says- Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (above, very top photo, front) the most famous of all Harlem gangsters, saved my life. "I was hustling up at Lump's Pool Room, on 134th Street. Eight-ball and that. So in comes Icepick Red. Red, he was a tall motherfucker, clean, with a hat. A fierce killer, from the heart. Freelanced Mafia hits. Anyway, he took out a roll of money that must have been that high. My eyes got big. I knew right then, that wasn't none of his money. That was my money.

"'Who got a thousand dollars to shoot pool?' Icepick Red shouted. I told him I'm playing, but I only got a hundred dollars . . . and he's saying, 'What kind of punk only got a hundred dollars?' I wanted to take out my gun and kill him right there, take his damn money.

"Except right then, everything seemed to stop. The jukebox stopped, the pool balls stopped. Every fucking thing stopped. It got so quiet you could've heard a rat piss on a piece of cotton in China.

"I turned around and I saw this guy -- he was like five feet ten, five feet eleven, dark complexion, neat, looked like he just stepped off the back cover of Vogue magazine. He had on a gray suit and a maroon tie, with a gray overcoat and flower in the lapel. I never seen nothing that looked like him. He was another species altogether.

"'Can you beat him?' he said to me in a deep, smooth voice.

"I said, 'I can shoot pool with anybody, mister. I can beat anybody.'

"Icepick Red, suddenly he's nervous. Scared. 'Bumpy!' he shouts out, 'I don't got no bet with you!'

"Bumpy ignores that. 'Rack 'em up, Lump!'

"We rolled for the break, and I got it. And I wasted him. Icepick Red never got a goddamn shot. Bumpy sat there, watching. Didn't say a word. Then he says to me, 'Come on, let's go.' I'm thinking, who the fuck is this Bumpy? But something told me I better keep my damn mouth shut. I got in the car. A long Caddy. First we stopped at a clothing store -- he picked out a bunch of stuff for me. Suits, ties, slacks. Nice stuff. Then we drove to where he was living, on Mount Morris Park. He took me into his front room, said I should clean myself up, sleep there that night.

"I wound up sleeping there six months . . . Then things were different. The gangsters stopped fucking with me. The cops stopped fucking with me. I walk into the Busch Jewelers, see the man I robbed, and all he says is: 'Can I help you, sir?' Because now I'm with Bumpy Johnson -- a Bumpy Johnson man. I'm 17 years old and I'm Mr. Lucas.

"Bumpy was a gentleman among gentlemen, a king among kings, a killer among killers, a whole book and Bible by himself," says Lucas about his years with the Robin Hood of Harlem, who had opposed Dutch Schultz in the thirties and would be played by Moses Gunn in the original Shaft and twice by Laurence Fishburne (in The Cotton Club and Hoodlum). Bumpy Johnson remains the most power black gangster in US history.

"He saw something in me, I guess. He showed me the ropes -- how to collect, to figure the vig. Back then, if you wanted to do business in Harlem, you paid Bumpy or you died. Extortion, I guess you could call it. Everyone had to pay -- except the mom-and-pop stores."

With Bumpy, Frank caught a glimpse of the big time. He'd drive downtown, to the 57th Street Diner, waiting by the car while his boss ate breakfast with Frank Costello. Frank accompanied Bumpy to Cuba to see Lucky Luciano. "I stayed outside," Frank remembers, "just another guy with a bulge in my pocket."

"There was a lot about Bumpy I didn't understand, a lot I still don't understand . . . when he was older, he'd lean over his chessboard in his apartment at the Lenox Terrace, with these Shakespeare books around, listening to soft piano music, Beethoven -- or that Henry Mancini record he played over and over, 'Baby Elephant Walk' . . . He'd start talking about philosophy, read me from Tom Paine, 'The Rights of Man' . . . 'What do you think of that, Frank?' he'd ask . . . I'd shrug. What could I say? Best book I remember reading was Harold Robbins's The Carpetbaggers."

In the end, as Frank tells it, Bumpy died in his arms: "We were at Wells Restaurant on Lenox Avenue. Billy Daniels, the singer, might have been there. Maybe Cockeye Johnny, J.J., Chickenfoot. There was always a crowd around, wanting to talk to him. Bumpy just started shaking and fell over."

Lucas says, "There wasn't gonna be no next Bumpy. Bumpy believed in that share-the-wealth. I was a different sonofabitch. I wanted all the money for myself . . . Harlem was boring to me then. Numbers, protection, those little pieces of paper flying out of your pocket. I wanted adventure. I wanted to see the world."  To read more about Frank Lucas, click here: Crew Boss

Source: New York Magazine


Black Underworld:

Frank Ward not only met with Max Julien (above-with his two brothers) to make sure the actor portrayed him correctly, but he also provided protection for the cast and crew on the set of "The Mack." 

Ward was the biggest black crime boss/black godfather to come through Oakland, ever.  He was also a pimp with the largest stable in Northern California. Julien drove his customized Caddy in the film.

Trouble came when Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party-who ran the political side of black Oakland-felt the production had infringed on their turf. The Panthers rained bottles down on the crew on the first day of filming.

Julien was friends with Newton and met with him to cool tensions, but before filming could be completed, Frank Ward was shot in the back of the head and killed as he sat in his Rolls Royce with his bottom woman; she was also killed.

The Panthers were blamed for the hit and without Ward’s protection, the filmmakers retreated to L.A. to finish the film. They dedicated "The Mack," to Frank Ward, but as if to show who really ran Oakland, Huey Newton insisted the premiere benefit the Panthers’ milk fund in the city.

A few weeks ago, I questioned if black actress Carol Speed (The Mack) actually had a relationship with pimp Frank Ward (1st photo left, with his brother Ted) at the Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier fight in the 70's.

A quote from Carol Speed: "While filming The Mack, I started dating Frank Ward. About a week or two after we left Oakland, Frank Ward along with a woman were gunned down in Berkeley, California."

Well, to say the least, it was traumatic for me. I was also living in a house on Queen Road (Hollywood Hills) that I couldn't afford by myself. I had a child (Mark Speed) to support. I was in the process of putting a so-called friend (male) out of the house. To add insult to injury, while filming Sanford and Son with Redd Foxx, my so-called friend broke into my house and stole everything - even the bedspread!

When "The Mack," director Michael Campus first met Frank Ward the gangster allegedly dropped a huge bag of coke worth ten thousand dollars on the table just to see how Campus would react.

Once Ward put his seal of approval on "The Mack" the crew had access to locations the likes of which had never been seen before-Nightclubs! Barbershops! Pool halls!

The pimps, women, bums, and junkies seen in the film are authentic pimps, women, bums, and junkies doing their best for Campus under Frank Ward's close supervision.

According to actors and actresses on the set, Carol Speed was indeed Frank Ward's girl! Allegedly, some said Carol was a naive middle class girl and everybody was worried Ward was going to send her out on the street. Thankfully, this never happened because Frank was murdered before completion of the film.

At the time of his death, Ward had decided to go legit and had invested heavily in legitimate businesses. After he was killed, his financial advisor left town, never to return.

Sources: . Photo credit (Ward Brothers): Johnson Publications

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According to Mayme Johnson (Bumpy Johnson's widow, 2nd photo) drug lord Frank Lucas (American Gangster) was little more than a flunky to Bumpy Johnson (above), and a flunky whom Bumpy never fully trusted. Frank -- Bumpy, said -- was a liar, and it’s easier to trust a thief than a liar. A thief, Bumpy reasoned steals because he needs money; a liar lies for the hell of it. 

When I heard that Lucas wrote a magazine article a few years back claiming that he was Bumpy’s right hand man, and that Bumpy died in his arms, I was upset. He lied.

Now I understand that there’s a movie coming out starring Denzel Washington called “American Gangster” which tells the life of Frank Lucas and will perpetrate that lie. I’m now furious.

Now why would Frank tell such a lie? Because he figures that since Junie Byrd, Nat Pettigrew, Finley Hoskins and Sonny Chance have all died, there’s no one alive to reveal the fact that he’s lying. Maybe he’s figured I’m dead, too. Well, he’s wrong – I’m 93, and old – but I’m still kicking (not as high as I once did), and I have all of my mental faculties.

There have been legends, myths, and rumors flying around about Bumpy for decades, and I’ve never spoken to confirm or deny any – even when the movie “Hoodlum” was released in 1997, and contained all kinds of factual errors about the man I love. But now I’ve finally decided to speak out. To set the record straight. To tell the truth and damn the devil. To let the world know about the real Bumpy Johnson.

Harlem Godfather: The Rap On My Husband, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson will be the first complete biography of a man who for years was Harlem’s best kept, and most cherished secret. While most of the world is familiar with -- and fascinated by -- the organized crime organizations of the Italian, Irish, Jewish and Russian communities, this will be a rare glimpse into the organized underworld of African Americans.



Bumpy Johnson's widow Mayme Johnson (above, second photo) reveals the following in her upcoming book:

I was born in North Carolina, not far from Ashville. My parents were sharecroppers, and we were poor. Very poor. And I knew from a very early age that I didn’t like being poor. And people started telling me, at a very early age, that with my looks I wouldn’t have to be poor long. I was what they called light, bright, and damn near white, with straight light-brown hair that hung down my back. By the time I was 14, men were already beginning to notice me.

When I arrived in New York. I went out a lot during that time. Men were always asking me out, and I often went. I wasn’t going to bed with them, but I did let them take me out and show me a good time. Nothing wrong with that. And I was always most attracted to men who had money. I always said you don’t need a man who doesn’t have money because you can do bad by yourself.

Harlem hustler John Levy might have been good looking and a sweet talker, but John was a man who took money from women. Hell, he’d want to pimp me and I’d want to pimp him. Wasn’t going to work. And – I found out later – if John didn’t get what he wanted from a woman fast enough, he’d beat the hell out her. He hooked up with blues great Billie Holiday in the late 40’s and it was a shame the way he treated that poor woman. He used to beat her right out there on the street, on Seventh Avenue. It was she who put up most of the bankroll for him to open the Vets Club. And years later, I can remember him bringing her to a party Bumpy (center) and I had after we moved into the Lenox Terrace. She was all bruised, and looked like she was crying, and John – bold as day – said “Bumpy, come here. I got something to show you.” He pulled out a pair of her exquisite and expensive jade earrings - crusted in gold - from his pocket and offered to sell them to Bumpy right in front of everybody. Billie didn’t say anything, she just averted her eyes in shame.

Bumpy was disgusted – John was his boy from way back, but Bumpy liked Billie and didn’t think John had to embarrass her like that, selling her jewelry at a party right in front of her. Bumpy pulled out fifty dollars and gave it to John, then snatched the earrings out his hand. I think he did it so John wouldn’t go around hawking it to other people at the party and shame poor Billie even more. After the party Bumpy gave me the earrings and said he never wanted to see them again. I still have those earrings. John was a real bastard.

Source: "Harlem Godfather: The Rap On My Husband, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson by: Mayme Johnson and Karen E. Quinones Miller

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*The following is an excerpt from Mayme Johnson's upcoming book, "Harlem Godfather: The Rap On My Husband Ellsworth "Bumpy Johnson," by Mayme Johnson and Karen E. Quinones Miller.

It wasn’t unusual for a gunshot victim to be wheeled into the operating room of Sydenham Hospital in Harlem in 1952. Especially in the wee hours of the morning when club hoppers with too much to drink took their nine-to-five frustrations out on whoever was available.

But this was no usual gunshot victim. This was my husband, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson.

The man who, according to legend, almost single-handedly fought the infamous Jewish hoodlum Dutch Schultz when that notorious madman tried to take over the Harlem numbers rackets. The man who was as well-known for his charity to children as for his deadly temper when he was crossed by other gangsters. The man who was the undisputed King of the Harlem Underworld. The man to whom I’d been married only three years. And from the looks of things, the 45-year-old man who was about to take his last breath.

“Bumpy,” Detective Philip Klieger yelled as he trotted alongside the gurney towing the bloodied half-conscious man, “You know you’re not going to make it. Tell me who shot you so we can bring him to justice.”

But see, my husband lived by the gangster code. Bumpy opened his eyes and momentarily focused on the detective, and his slackened lips curled into a snarl. “A man can only die once, and dead men make no excuses,” he managed to get out before falling into full unconsciousness.

In June 1952, the tall dark-skinned Robert "Hawk" Hawkins was determined to make someone take himself seriously. He desperately wanted to be accepted by the Harlem hustlers. He needed to make a name for himself.

The Vets Club, which was located at 122nd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, was owned by John Levy – the abusive boyfriend/manager of jazz great Billie Holiday, and Vincent Nelson – one of the most successful pimps in Harlem. By 3 a.m. the joint would be jumping and the folks would be stomping. There was always a good time and a good crowd at The Vets.

On this particular night jazz great Sarah Vaughn was there sipping champagne, along with the Brown Twins, a popular jazz duo. The gorgeous vamp Margherite Chapman, who would later marry baseball slugger Willie Mays (she was a lot older than him, but she lied to him about her age) was there also, along with a couple of black Hollywood starlets who wished they looked as good as Margherite, and R&B diva Dinah Washington was holding court to her usual entourage of ten or twelve.

It was about 5:30 a.m. when the already half-drunk, Hawk sauntered over to the bar and ordered a scotch, then proceeded to loudly talk about his take for the night – the trick money his “bitches” had turned over to him after a night of whoring.

“Man, why don’t you cool out? Can’t you see there’s ladies in here? Show some respect,” Bumpy said irritably as he clinked the ice in his watered down glass of ginger ale. As bad as Bumpy was, he didn’t smoke or drink, and he didn’t like men cursing around women they didn’t know.

To be honest, I don’t believe Hawk even looked up to see that it was Bumpy, because he would have been stupid to say what he said next. “Ni**er, who the fuck is you to tell me to cool out?” he yelled in his heavy southern accent.

Bumpy looked him up and down and then said quietly, “I’m about to be your worst nightmare. Now haul your behind outta here before someone has to carry you out.”

This time Hawk did look up before saying anything else, and that’s when he realized who it was he’d been addressing. Intoxicated, but not stupid, Hawk turned to leave but stumbled over a chair on the way out. Someone snickered and Hawk angrily whirled around to say something, but Bumpy looked at him with an icy stare and said, “You still here?”

Ego bruised, Hawk left. Bumpy bought a round of drinks for the ladies as an apology for the rudeness for the younger man, and the merriment continued as it had been before the intrusion.

An hour later most of the party-goers were gone, and my husband was standing at the bar talking to the bartender, and the club owners John Levy and Vincent Nelson when he suddenly felt a nudge on his shoulder and turned around. Hawk, had topped off the scotch he’d already imbibed with cheap wine, and armed with liquid courage and a borrowed revolver he had come back to seek his revenge.

“What you got to say now, ni**er?” he screamed as he shakily pointed the gun at Bumpy’s head. “You so fucking bad, what you gotta say now?”

Bumpy was out on bail and carried no knife or gun, and because he was backed up against the bar, there was no way he could escape.

“Man, why don’t you go home and sleep it off?” Bumpy said calmly as he stretched his hand out behind him, hoping to grasp something on the bar that he could use as a weapon. “You were wrong and you got called out on it. It’s over now.”

“Ain’t shit over,” Hawk yelled as he stepped back and tightened his finger on the trigger to take his shot. But just then Bumpy managed to grab a potted plant and smashed it into the side of Hawk’s face. It was enough to throw off Hawk’s aim, and the bullet meant for Bumpy’s head slammed into the right side of his chest instead. Bumpy slumped to the floor – eyes closed -- and for a moment Hawk stood over him as if just realizing what he’d done. But when Bumpy reopened his eyes, and Hawk realized he was still alive, Hawk flew out the door.

“Bumpy, are you alright?” the bartender asked as he, Vince, and Levy rushed over to the fallen man.

“I’m fine,” Bumpy said in a weak and shaky voice. “Just help me to my feet.”

Levy and the bartender half-carried Bumpy to Vince’s car, and they sped off to Sydenham Hospital on 124th Street and Manhattan Avenue. .

As Vince helped Bumpy up the stairs another gambler and pimp, Gershwin Miles, called from across the street. “Bumpy is that you? You alright, man?”

“Naw, man. I’ve been shot,” Bumpy managed to yell back to his friend.

No lie, it seemed like all of Harlem must have been listening because within ten minutes the hospital was filled with people trying to see what had happened to Bumpy.

I was home asleep when Vincent called me to tell me what happened. I almost had a heart attack right there in bed when he said, “Mayme, you’d better hurry. The doctors aren’t sure he’s going to make it.”

The operation took six hours, and when it was over Dr. Wardrow came over and told me, “Mrs. Johnson. Had the bullet been one one-tenth of an inch to the left it would have pierced his heart and we wouldn’t be here speaking now because your husband would be dead. And to be honest, we’ve done all we can, but it’ll still be touch and go for the next few days. I suggest that you pray for your husband’s survival.”

“Dear Lord,” I said. “I know that my husband hasn’t always been the most upright citizen, but he’s always been an upright man. And I love him very much, Dear Lord. Please don’t take Bumpy away from me.”

I stayed on my knees for another fifteen minutes sending up prayer after prayer. When I got up and turned to face Hoss Steele, Nat Pettigrew, Junie Byrd, Vince Nelson, John Levy, Ricky Williams and George Rose I was surprised and touched to see tears in their eyes – these men were considered to be some of the toughest men in Harlem, and they were on the verge of breaking down with emotion. Suddenly Ricky cleared his throat and spoke. “Look, the doctors done all they could, and Mayme got the God thing in hand, let’s go get out in the street and kill that punk motherfucka Hawk.”

Without another word they all walked out the hospital and got in their cars and sped off. They never did find Hawk, though. We found out later that once he ran out the Vets Club he got in his car and drove to Albany, New York and hid out there before finally high-tailing it back to North Carolina.

After weeks of touch and go, Bumpy would make a full recovery.

Al Capone may have ruled Chicago. Lucky Luciano may have run most of New York City. But, when it came to Harlem, the man in charge was my man, Bumpy Johnson.


Sometime in the early to late 1960's, mob soldier Joey Gallo (above) befriended African-American youths from the black-populated enclaves of Brooklyn, New York realizing that joining forces with the African-Americans, rather than fighting them, would be profitable.

The idea of uniting the major African-American and Italian underworld leaders became an obsession with him which would be his life's credo. It would later be a philosophy that was later put in to practice by several fellow capos and mob bosses and led to building ties to other criminal organizations.

While in jail, Gallo was an outsider among his fellow incarcerated Italian counterparts and was constantly seen with an entourage of African-Americans.

In late 1965, Nicky Barnes (directly above) was arrested with $500,000 worth of heroin. In prison, he met Joey Gallo.

They had long discussions and agreed to organize all of the city's top black gangsters into a 'family' to rival the Mafia. Gallo told Barnes, early on, I always had blacks in my crew despite objections from Italian gangsters. I was often shunned because of my black friendships. Gallo planned to school the black gangsters on the art of racketeering. First, they would organize in New York and put together a national syndicate of black gangsters.

When Gallo was released from prison, he immediately hired a superstar attorney to work on Barnes appeal. Barnes’ 25 year sentence was thrown out on a technicality. After his release, Barnes called a meeting of Harlem's top black racketeers to discuss the proposal of a 'black family' to rival the Mafia. The idea was presented and defeated by a vote of 7-3. This is the closest the nation has ever come to having a "Black Underworld."

Upon his release from prison in 1971, Joe Gallo started battling feared family boss-Joe Colombo (1st and 2nd photos) and the Colombo family. Gallo was one of the first mafia soldiers to predict a shift of power in the Harlem rackets from the Italian mafia to African-American gangs. While in prison, Gallo had made numerous connections with African-American gang members to the dismay of Colombo.

Gallo dispatched a black triggerman, Jerome Johnson (3rd photo) to assassinate Joe Colombo, at the time, the most powerful and feared mob boss in the world. This broke ranks, and was the first time in history, a black man was assigned to take out a powerful underworld figure.

Joe Colombo was shot on June 28, 1971 by Jerome Johnson. Johnson, who was immediately shot dead by Colombo's bodyguards, was known as an Gallo associate, thus shifting suspicion to Gallo.

Colombo would survive the shooting but remain in a coma for the rest of his life (a vegetable).

In retaliation for the Colombo shooting: On April 7, 1972, Joey Gallo was celebrating his 43rd birthday with friends including his bodyguard, Peter "Pete the Greek" Diapoulas at a restaurant, Umberto's Clam House at 129 Mulberry Street in Little Italy, Manhattan. At least two gunmen burst in the doors and opened fire with .32 and .38 caliber revolvers. Gallo was hit five times while he burst away from his table. Diapoulas was shot once in the hip during the melee. Joey stumbled into the street and collapsed while his killers sped away in a car. The gunmen were never positively identified. At his funeral, Gallo's sister cried over his coffin, between tears she said: "The streets are going to run red with blood, Joey!"


More than a two decades ago, Mickey Moore (first photo) ran of the biggest and most ruthless narcotics gangs in bay area history.

At the time, he was head of a drug gang called "The Family." The gang was locked in a brutal power struggle with rival drug dealers, including members of "The Mob," headed by the notorious Felix Mitchell (2nd photo).

Six people were killed in 1980 when the Moore-Mitchell dispute first broke out, and another wave of shootings hit in 1983 involving several gangs. Moore himself was shot and wounded in 1983 and 1984.

He says, "Every corner I hit, I was stopped by police. Every other corner. I was shot at. At every other corner, I was being robbed.

I was tired of the way I was living.

"Today, I'm pushing a drug that's more powerful than the drug I pushed before and that's Jesus Christ. This is all about straightening out what I messed up," said Moore as he sat holding a bible."

Sources: Harry Harris & Paul Grabowicz


Black Underworld:

A convicted murderer and reputed hit man for drug dealers -- who triggered a furor in 1975 when he was arrested with notebooks filled with details about drug investigations and top law enforcement officials -- was arrested in the 1980's by federal agents.

Chester Wheeler Campbell (no photo available) is suspected of hundreds of murders. He did freelance work and he was an enforcer for nearly every drug cartel on the East Coast in the 1970's. He was Detroit's premiere black hit man and this country's first black contract killer.

He became so efficient, that Italian crime families became interested in hiring him. Campbell was known to keep notebooks containing the diagrams of homes, daily routines and dead informants (300 names were crossed off).

Wayne Perry is the most feared black enforcer/hit man in modern times but Chester Campbell was more lethal than Perry.

The arrest of Campbell, 57, appeared to be a carbon copy of the 1975 incident in which police also seized drugs and weapons from him.

Marijuana, heroin, cocaine, one shotgun, six handguns -- one equipped with a silencer -- and the ingredients for a remote- controlled firebomb were among the items seized from Campbell Wednesday, said Kenneth Walton, special agent in charge of the Michigan FBI office.

Campbell, on parole for a federal weapons violation, was arrested at 9 a.m. by FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents as he drove from his home in the 5200 block of Ivanhoe on Detroit's west side, Walton said.

"We received information that he was a convicted felon who was in possession of firearms," Walton said.

After Campbell stepped out of the car, FBI agents searched him and found a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and "what appeared to be a ballpoint pen, but was actually what is known as a pen gun that fires a single .22 caliber bullet," Walton said.

Inside the car, Walton said, agents found a .44 Magnum semi- automatic pistol loaded with
exploding bullets, a .357 Magnum revolver, a .38 caliber revolver, a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun.

The agents also found about $10,000 cash in the car and a book containing the names and
addresses of "what appears to be every known major narcotics dealer in Detroit," Walton said.

The car also was filled with what Walton called "personal, handwritten records and other
documents . . . that appear to be surveillance reports on various individuals and . . . records of various narcotics transactions."

In the trunk, agents found a remote control timing device, blasting caps and gasoline, Walton said.

During a search of Campbell's two-story brick home, agents found another shotgun, three more revolvers and 44 pounds of marijuana, Walton said.

Campbell, who has served time in prison on murder, robbery and drug charges, was paroled in September 1984 after being convicted on weapons charges.

He appeared Wednesday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Virginia Morgan on charges of illegally possessing weapons and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Morgan ordered Campbell held without bond. If convicted, Campbell faces a maximum sentence of 50 years.


by: Barry Michael Cooper

Lenny Higgins, 17 at the time, didn’t usually go to the store with his foster brother James, also 17, but on the night of March 1, 1987, James asked and Lenny obliged. It was 10:30. At Williamson’s Party Store, on Perry Park Boulevard on Detroit’s West Side, they bought sodas and played some games.

They left about 10:45. As Lenny tells the story, he and James were approaching their corner of Heckler Street when a hooded figure ran across the street and stopped them in their tracks. Clad in a black jacket and black hooded sweatshirt, Mark Hunter, 24, pulled a .357 Magnum from his pants waist and stuck it in James’s temple.
“Yo-yo, where the money at?”

Three seconds later another figure joined Hunter and put another .357 to Lenny’s head. Lenny had seen this boy around the neighborhood, knew him slightly, but they weren’t friendly: Dashaw Green, 15. Wearing a black, leather jacket, hooded black sweatshirt, black jeans, and white laceless Adidas, he echoed his partner:

“Where the money at? Which one a y’all got the money?”

Lenny was confused, scared, angry-but not willing to be a toy hero, a dead toy hero - “Here!” he said, “You can have my money, just don’t shoot me!”

Lenny gave up his $26, and James handed over $30 or $40. After they took the money, Mark and Dashaw looked at each other, an evil, hungry look, Lenny says. They lowered their guns and pushed Lenny and James backward. Mark raised his gun and fired. Flames spit out the muzzle like and orange and white blur, hitting James in the abdomen. The bullet exited through the spine.

James doubled over. Lenny was frozen. Mark and Dashaw ran five or six steps in the opposite direction, but then Dashaw turned around. Mark turned around. Dashaw hesitated for a split second. Maybe he thought, I’m with my boy, and if I don’t shoot, he might think I’m frontin’. He might even shoot me. I can’t let this ni**a go scot free. I gotta shoot him, too.

Mark and Dashaw ran up on Lenny, and they fired five shots--all of which hit Lenny because he stood as a shield on James’s left side--and fled into the night. Lenny and James slumped against a neighbor’s fence, not far from their house. Lenny called to one of friends inside the house.

“Tanisha, come help me! Me and Jimmy just got shot! Come help!”

A puddle of blood formed underneath them, branching off in several directions, before a direct line dripped into the street. Lenny could smell smoke rising from his body where the bullets had dug into his left arm, left side, back, and legs.

Thoughts circled in Lenny’s head as if it was a turntable fashioned by a madman--too slow at 45, too fast at 16. Lenny wondered why they didn’t take his gold chain, his sheepskin, or his Filas. Just before he heard the chorus of ambulance and police sirens, he whispered to James, his best friend, “Jimmy man, not matter what happens, I love you. We gonna make it. Just take it easy, sit there and rest. We gonna make it.”

Three hours later at Henry Ford Hospital, after the first of many operations, Lenny learned that James had died.


When Henry Marzette became a drug trafficker, he became mysterious and virtually disappeared from the streets-overnight. He also became insulated, few people saw him, nor did he receive press coverage. Despite being the number one heroin trafficker in Detroit, like Meyer Lansky, this former black cop was never arrested.


A few years after the riots, heroin made an appearance in Detroit. Unlike Harlem and Newark, where the drug picked up steam around 1966, heroin was almost an oddity in Detroit until 1970. It was then that Henry Marzette--a black former Detroit cop became a top dog in the city’s drug trade. After prison, he was a feared “gorilla” pimp--one who recruits prostitutes from other pimps by force.

But it wasn’t until Marzette noticed the exorbitant profits the Mafia was making from heroin in New York that he decided to get in on the action.

Between 1969 and 1970, he took over the trade from a mob family in Detroit and became the city’s biggest heroin financier.

Marzette's influence extended well beyond the street corner and shooting gallery; during his reign little or no press coverage was given him in the Free Press or The Detroit News.

After Marzette’s death in the early ‘70s, heroin continued to ravage Detroit.


They drive top of the range BMW's, flaunt designer gold jewelry and carry automatic guns as a weapon of choice.

They are "Yardies," and in terms of a reputation for ruthless violence they could one day rival the Triads or Mafia.

A spate of violent killings in London's black community has raised fears that the capital is witnessing a renewed bout of Yardie gang warfare.

Members are mostly linked to drug and arms dealing as well as robbery. It is a lifestyle synonymous with violence-impulse shootings and gangland-style executions are used to sort out internal squabbles.

The Yardie phenomenon in the UK was first noted in the late 1980's and their rise is linked to that of crack-cocaine.

Since then their reputation for ruthless violence has grown with each shooting. In 1993 Yardies were blamed for the cold-blooded murder of PC Patrick Dunne, who was on patrol in Clapham when he stumbled across a shooting incident.

The gangsters hit the headlines again in 1997 when police tactics to infiltrate the underworld were exposed in a World in Action documentary.

Metropolitan Police overlooked a series of violent crimes carried out by two Yardie informers, Eaton Green and Delroy Denton, while they passed on intelligence to Scotland Yard. While an informer, Green was involved in the UK's largest armed robbery, when 150 people were held up at a blues party in Nottingham.

In the past six weeks alone, Yardie involvement has been suggested in five black-on-black murders in London.

"Drug kingpin now faces murder charges"

By: George Anastasia

Convicted Philadelphia drug kingpin Kaboni Savage was charged today with ordering one of the most vicious acts of witness retaliation in the history of the city, an October 2004 rowhouse firebombing in which six people, including four children, were killed, allegedly, carried out by his hit men/enforcers. Savage had numerous soldiers on his payroll.

The firebombing was one of dozens of criminal acts listed in a 26-count racketeering indictment unsealed this afternoon charging Savage and three top associates with murder, drug trafficking and witness retaliation.

U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid, in announcing the indictment, said that Savage headed "perhaps the most violent drug gang ever seen in the city of Philadelphia."

Savage, a former boxer who is serving a 30-year sentence for drug trafficking, faces the death penalty in the new case, which includes an allegation that he ordered two of his co-defendants, Lamont Lewis and Robert Merritt, to firebomb the home of Marcella Coleman on Oct. 9, 2004.

At the time, Colesman's son, Eugene, an admitted drug dealer and former Savage associate, was cooperating with authorities and was preparing to testify against Savage in a federal drug case.

Marcella Coleman, another woman and four children were trapped in the home and died in the fire. The victims included Eugene Coleman's 15-month-old son Damir Jenkins.

In all, the indictment lists 12 murders and various other acts of violence. Savage, Lewis, Merritt and a fourth defendant, Steven Northington, all face possible death sentences if convicted.

All four are in federal custody either serving time or awaiting trial on drug trafficking charges.

In one double murder last month, Laverne Forbes, 28, (above) and her partner Patrick Smith, 31, were shot in the head in their north London flat. Their seven-year-old daughter witnessed both killings.

On Monday a 51-year-old sound engineer, Henry Lawes, was gunned down by a gang of five men outside his home in Harlesden, north west London. His killers waited until he fell over before ruthlessly finishing him off.

Their expensive tastes can make Yardies highly conspicuous. Wealth is something they flaunt, often in the form of flashy cars, gold jewelry and designer clothes. Moschino is a favorite label.

Image is everything in their world, as the notorious death of Mark Burnett demonstrates. Burnett was shot dead in the middle of a London nightclub after he accidentally stepped on the toe of a Yardie gunman.

There were 2,000 partying the night away alongside Mark Burnett when he was murdered. Yet 350 claimed to have been in the toilets when the shooting started, hundreds gave false names and addresses and of the 270 who were immediately arrested, none could recall seeing anything out of the ordinary.

Yardie killings are worn as a "badge of honor" and this is their way of telling others "they are not to be messed with."


After white gangster Dutch Schultz was killed. Bumpy Johnson met with Lucky Luciano and told him, there was no way he could just sit back and let the numbers racket get taken away from the blacks.

Luciano nodded, and said that Bumpy was indeed a smart man for a nig...a negro but that while he agreed not to move on any of the black numbers bankers who had stood with Bumpy against Dutch, that any other new bank that opened would have to come under Italian control.

Bumpy also wanted to become Luciano's Harlem partner-the mob would attempt to do nothing in Harlem without Bumpy's approval, and without giving Bumpy the opportunity to also make his money.

The two haggled for hours on points, with Luciano at one point saying, "Don't you realize I'm doing you a favor? I could kill you right now and just take everything." Bumpy smiled and told Luciano that he knew that he was too good a businessman to do something like that.

Luciano asked what he meant, Bumpy said that even if he were killed during the meeting he still had men on the street who would carry on the war, and while they might not win they could sure slow down business, just as they had done with Schultz.

When Luciano said it would just be a matter of time before they were also wiped out, Bumpy said, "How you gonna know who they all are?" You know all us blacks look alike to you guin...guys."

Luciano frowned and said, "Did you almost say 'to you guineas?" Bumpy replied, "No, unless you almost said I'm a smart man for a nigger."

Luciano started laughing, and the two shook hands. The deal was cut.

Source: "Harlem Godfather," by: Mayme Johnson & Karen E. Quinones Miller


Parnell Steven "Stacks" Edwards (1st photo) was an African-American petty thief who became associated with the infamous Jimmy Burke during the 1978 Lufthansa Heist. He was also a former bodyguard for Muhammad Ali. It is also suspected he was a small-time drug courier for Leroy "Nicky" Barnes.

In addition, mobster Henry Hill used to use him in his credit card fraud operations. He was eventually assassinated by Tommy DeSimone and Angelo John Sepe for not fulfilling his role in the heist properly. Parnell Edwards was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the film Goodfellas.

Parnell met Henry Hill in 1967 through Tommy DeSimone as a struggling blues-rock musician, singer and songwriter on the street in downtown Queens and the two became involved in credit card fraud and hijacking together. Parnell was a Ozone Park, Queens born mulatto-skinned black man who was said to have been quite tall. Parnell was a heavy drug-user and sometime in the 1970's started injecting heroin.

Parnell moved from Baton Rouge as a child to New York city with his family. Growing up he his interest in music increased and he learned how to play the acoustic guitar. His agent was Dante Barzotini, who also worked with Frank Sinatra, Jr. Parnell met Dante Barzotini through Tommy DeSimone. He gradually became involved in many schemes, including buying goods on stolen credit cards. He also acted as a chauffeur for Jimmy Burke and Paul Vario and was usually paid in stolen goods.

He would take the stolen goods and sell them to independent stores in the neighborhoods of Harlem, Queens and Jackson Heights or at flea markets in the area. In 1978 Henry Hill, working from a tip-off from bookmaker Martin Krugman, told Jimmy Burke of vast sums of cash ($5 million) being held overnight in a safe at the Lufthansa cargo terminal at JFK airport in New York.

Burke analyzed the possibilities and drew the conclusion that about 6 men, according to airport insider Lou Werner, and two panel trucks would be needed to successfully steal the cash. The money was totally untraceable money, i.e. once they had the money they could, within limits, spend it without question. This was the first stage of the Lufthansa Heist. Burke assembled a crew, involving Joe Manri, Robert McMahon, Louis Cafora, Tommy DeSimone, Paolo LiCastri, and Angelo John Sepe, including Parnell Edwards. Edwards' job was to take the panel truck used in the heist and drive it to a junkyard in New Jersey, where mafia contacts would compact it and the evidence would be destroyed. The heist worked out better than Burke could have imagined, but Parnell had neglected his duty and had used marijuana, visited his girlfriend and fallen asleep.

Unfortunately for Parnell the police had found the panel truck, with a muddy boot print (matching a pair of shoes owned by Parnell) and fingerprints had been taken from the wheel. Being a friend, Tommy DeSimone was at first torn apart when mobster Joseph DiPalermo ordered him to kill Edwards.

Although DeSimone had killed 8 or 9 people up to that point in his life, despite this, he felt no closer to being a made-man and wasn't pleased about being ordered to kill Stacks, but DiPalermo sneakily told him that he could be 'made' by this murder.

Stacks had gone into hiding in an Ozone Park apartment and had been sitting at his kitchen table eating his breakfast when Tommy walked in and fired several shots into Stacks' head and chest using a .32 silencer-equipped pistol, killing him.


Richard Carter aka Maserati Rick was one of the most flashy drug dealers to ever come off of Detroit's East side. Gifted with the gift of gab, Maserati would penetrate all arenas he entered. As a founding member of Detroit's well known drug cartel "Best Friends" organization, Maserati would become a legend amongst the already established underground figures of Detroit. His drive and determination was matched with Detroit's already murderous past. Killing was a way of life in Detroit and Maserati would quickly adapt.

In addition to being quick with the trigger he was also quick with his hands, allowing him to capture the attention of Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns who he ended up being a bodyguard for. His flair and style further propelled him to becoming a manager in the boxing game, managing his brother Greg Carter and setting up large fight purses all the while involved in a multi-million dollar drug network.

Maserati Rick was estimated to have earned in excess of $20 million dollars in heroin and cocaine sales and directed the drug traffic flow on the east side. His control would eventually be challenged and his life would come to an end in a Detroit hospital guarded by hospital police. The Maserati Rick story is one that changed Detroit laws on hospital procedures and a story that became a part of Detroit's drug/violent history.


Modeled after the highly successful Young Boys Inc., operation, Pony Down was the brain trust of Buttrom Willis (1st photo) and his brothers (including Larry, 2nd photo). Buttrom followed the tactics of Young Boys, Inc. in using juveniles to peddle their product in an effort to confound law enforcement groups who were virtually powerless to stop the legion of preteen dope dealers running drugs for these two groups. Pony Down sprung up from an area near West Seven Mile rd and Murray Hill in northwest Detroit. Buttrom Willis began focusing in on more profitable locations held true by sellers employed by Young Boys Inc.

Pony Down infractions upon Young Boys turf resulted in several shootings among the enforcement arms of both gangs. Pony Down was unexpectantly assisted in their expansion efforts when Young Boys leaders were arrested and convicted of drug smuggling, money laundering and tax evasion in 1983. Leroy mobilized and unleashed his troops on areas previously considered out of bounds for his workers. Willis expansion plans not only included usurping Young Boys territory but also the recruitment of the best and brightest of Young Boys enforcers, runners and salesmen.

Many of those targeted chose initially to remain loyal to Young Boys Inc., but Willis and his troops began making them offers they could refuse only under the pain of death. This operation set fourth in early 1982 allowed Pony Down to move into the vacuum created with the convictions of Y.B.I leaders Seal Murray, Raymond Peoples and Butch Jones followed soon thereafter by the fall of Reginald Davis head of the DFG (Davis Family Gang). Within three years of it's inception, the Pony Down Crew had reached it's goal of replacing the troubled Young Boys Inc., ring as the most lucrative of Detroit's crack gangs. Buttrom and his ring were selling an estimated $100,000,000 a year in sales at their peak commanding an army of approximately 300 soldiers and associates.

The former high school dropout and juvenile delinquent impressed all with his penchant for organization and shrewd business acumen. By 1983 Pony Down had secured former Young Boys stronghold housing project areas like Herman Gardens and Brewster Douglas under the Pony Down flag. Their territory was marked by the presence of graffiti proclaiming "I Pony Down". Members of the Pony Down crew were identifiable by the Pony brand of shoe that they were.

Blue and White Pony sweat suites replaced Young Boys fur-lined Max Julian jackets as the hot selling clothing item among inner-city youth. Pony Down peddled their product by delivering them in name brand packages marked with names like Pony, Atomic Dog, Nodd City, Shotgun, GQ, Renegade, Disciple and Top Ten down. Buttrom Willis was aided in running his empire by his brothers Walter and Anthony, Robert Latinee and Willie Birch Dawson. Pony Down was brought down by federal efforts in 1985 after several high profile shootouts with members of a resurgent Young Boys Inc., crew. Willis and his entire leadership squad were arrested and ultimately sentenced to prison terms. Willis himself received a six and a half year sentence for directing the murderous ring.

Our friends at " Don Diva," magazine pay homage to MIA's "Big Ike."

Ike was the prince of Miami and according to the Miami New Times: Issac “Big Ike” Hicks was one of the early street legends of Miami's notorious drug culture in the mid-1980's.

Ike and his crew began as truck hijackers, pirating commercial trucks in the 1970's before focusing solely on the drug game. Building an empire that included 32 properties scattered in the Dade County area,

Hicks was eventually busted and then convicted in 1988, setting off one of the bloodiest years ever in the Miami area as wannabe drug lords fought viciously for dominance of the city's drug trade.


Ron Samuel (above forefront, passenger seat) was the CEO, Co-Founder, Editor in Chief, and Publisher of "UNleashed Magazine" and is one of eleven suspects (ringleader) who was convicted two years ago in connection with a West Coast-based Ecstasy smuggling scheme uncovered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Samuel was arrested by ICE agents last week in Van Nuys. Samuel is suspected of overseeing the ring that used aspiring female models to smuggle hundreds of thousands of Ecstasy tablets from Europe into the United States in 2000 and 2001.

According to the indictment, the female couriers (hundreds of them) made several trips every week to Brussels and Amsterdam where they were given gift-wrapped packages containing as many as 65,000 Ecstasy tablets to bring back to the United States. The ring's leaders reportedly told some of the couriers the parcels contained smuggled diamonds.

"Before agents uncovered this scheme, these suspects were smuggling significant quantities of Ecstasy into the Los Angeles area," said Kevin Kozak, acting special agent in charge for the ICE office of investigations in Los Angeles. "These pills sell on the street for as much as $60 a piece. That translates into huge profits that are often funneled back into further criminal activity. That is why ICE is determined to attack and dismantle these kinds of criminal enterprises."

The investigation began in 2001, when one of the couriers was intercepted at JFK airport in New York after arriving on a flight from Amsterdam. Rumors persist that this courier ratted out the organization and was allegedly killed a short time later.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the ring was importing and distributing Ecstasy both in the Los Angeles area and in New York.

According to Samuel's bio, he moved back to the United States from Europe in 2001, the same year the first drug courier was arrested at JFK airport.

After his return to America, Ron Samuel married a former black Playmate/daytime actress.

According to "Inside Riverside," magazine: What has not been reported in the main stream media is Ron Samuel's connection with a series of group homes for sex offender and drug offender parolees in the Riverside area.

Last year a High Risk Sex Offender, David Allyn Dokich, was placed into a group home in the community of Mead Valley near Perris, CA.

The group home, called Last Chance Enlightenment, is one of a series of halfway houses operated by Harriet Cooks, aka Harriet Samuel Cooks.

The placement of such a dangerous parolee prompted daily protests by concerned citizens. This was when it was uncovered that the owner Harriet Cooks is allegedly the mother of Ron Samuel.

According to protesters Ron Samuel was spotted at the halfway house for parolees on numerous occasions before his arrest.

In Related News: Kenneth "Buckwild" Francis, a former host of Playboy's channel "Buckwild," above, center, was found guilty in a drug smuggling case (featured above) and was sentenced to 11 years in a Federal prison.

During his defense hearing, Francis said, "He thought the models used as drug courier's were traveling to Europe for photo shoots instead of smuggling ecstasy tablets, he later found out they were smuggling drugs."

He added, "He got involved in the smuggling conspiracy because he wanted to eventually launch a modeling agency."


Scarface Meets New Jack City:

In 1991, Charles Cosby was selling ounces of cocaine on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California. Bringing in a couple grand a week, he was living the new American Dream.

Then he wrote a fan letter to “Cocaine Godmother” Griselda Blanco – immortalized in rakontur’s Cocaine Cowboys – who was serving time at a nearby federal prison. Six months later, he was a multi-millionaire after the Godmother sent an underworld courier to deliver 10 kilos of high grade cocaine to Cosby's residence. In 1992, Griselda set him up with 50 kilos, he made $3 million in 3 weeks.

Despite being incarcerated, Griselda still generated 50 million per year in the drug trade, she ran her business from her prison cell. When she first arrived in New York from Columbia, she wrestled the drug trade from five mob families and was soon generating $10 million dollars a week with a network of dealers that numbered 1500.

Griselda also gave Pablo Escobar his start in the drug trade. He often referred to her as his mentor and when she moved her business to Miami, Escobar was a regular at her Biscayne Bay parties.

Charles Cosby (above) was not only running Blanco’s $40 million a year cocaine business, he was also her lover. Griselda appointed him to run five drug hubs in Los Angeles, Seattle, North and South Carolina, Virginia and New York. He was the first black man to ever penetrate her inner-circle.

Griselda gifted him with a $20,000 rolex chain and she paid the guards at the prison $1500 so she could have sex with Charles on prison grounds.

Cosby made the mistake of carrying on a relationship with another woman. Griselda was outraged and put out a "warning" hit on Cosby. Shooters shot at him 12 times before he escaped in his sports car. Cosby must have forgotten, in the past, Griselda murdered or sponsored 250 drug related murders in this country. Griselda was also known as “The Black Widow,” for her propensity to permanently dispose of her men when she’s done with them (or when they betray her), Griselda would stop at nothing to ensure that Charles was faithful to her. And he would learn that lesson the hard way.

A few days later he reconciled with Griselda after she reminded him that due to her, he now grossed $9 million per year.

When she recruited him to participate in a prison break that involved the kidnapping of JFK Jr., Charles knew he was in over his head.

Shortly afterwards, Cosby was contacted by the authorities to give a disposition regarding two murder cases against Griselda Blanca. He cooperated with the authorities but the case fell apart and no charges were brought against Blanca.

When Cosby returned home, he heard that Griselda had put a $1 million dollar bounty on his head. That contract has yet to be carried out.

This is the story of a kid from the streets who (literally) gets in bed with a Colombian queen pin. It’s New Jack City meets Scarface – only the truth!

Griselda Blanca was released from prison and was deported to Columbia where she lives today.

This true story is depicted in the film "Cocaine Cowboys 2." Available for rental at

Actor Terrence Howard is the early frontrunner to portray drug kingpin "Big Meech," in the upcoming film based on the Black Mafia Family. Meech headed the biggest black drug empire in U.S. history, grossing over $275 million dollars in a seven year period. Before his arrest, Meech would hit the strip clubs every Tuesday and make it rain on the girls, tossing $100,000 in the air. Meech could be spotted all over the ATL rolling in Lamborghini's and Ferrari's. He's currently serving a 30 year sentence in prison.

Photo Credit: New York Magazine

What you didn't see in the film "American Gangster."

While still barely a teenager, Frank Lucas began the peripatetic existence that took him to Wilson, North Carolina where he ran into trouble. "I was going with a white girl named Ann, who was the boss's daughter," Lucas recalled. "The boss got mad at me. We were supposed to get paid every two weeks but he wouldn't pay me, so I burned the warehouse down. I had to run. I arrived in Harlem with no money, nothing."

"I used my wits to survive. I spent the first year robbing people with intimidation until I met Bumpy Johnson." One time, I screwed up. "He told me to go and sell a truckload of liquor for him." I did but blew the money in a card game before I could give it to Bumpy. He didn't kill me."  Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk


Nicky Barnes (center) and his "bottom woman" Thelma (Tee), who later became his wife, on the right. Tee had no fear in regards to Barnes. When Barnes' needed a weapon smuggled, Tee would hide a small pistol between her legs and smuggle it in to Barnes. Tee also reorganized the drug mills, under her management, profits tripled. When the cops had Barnes under surveillance, Tee would sneak out the back and pick up the drug shipment across town. The council had a lot of respect for Tee because she was "ride or die." Barnes kept Tee in furs and gave her an unlimited charge card, Barnes also paid the rent on her lavish penthouse. She was one of the few black women to shop at Saks Fifth Avenue on a regular basis. Barnes also took Tee overseas to shop and they were known to give the best boat parties in New York. Tee is interviewed in Damon Dash's documentary, "Mr. Untouchable." Photo credit: Beverly James & NY Magazine.  Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk


Legendary drug kingpin Frank Matthews (pictured above) started off making good money in the numbers racket but he wanted to make more. Even when he was a fabulously wealthy drug lord, it seemed as if he could never make enough money. Yet, the money did not really seem to matter to him. He would leave bags of cash lying around (up to $13 million) like many college students leave clothes and personal items stewn around their apartments.

Matthews aspired to make more when he realized, his piece of "policy bank" earned him $100,000 dollars annually in the 70's. But, there were 18-year old drug punks making more by just turning over a load of narcotics.

Matthews managed to get an audience with two big Italian crime families, the Bonnanos and the Gambinos. The godfathers listened to Matthews pitch but turned him down. Normally, this would have left the typical aspiring young black drug dealer out in the cold, but Matthews was not typical. Instead, he hooked up with Harlem numbers operator Raymond Marquez-who put him in touch with a Cuban cocaine dealer.

In less than a year, he became New York City's biggest dealer, exhibiting brilliant business skills and the ability to forge productive relationships with other gangsters.

In dealing with fellow Blacks, Matthews worked to project a Robin Hood image but if someone crossed him, he employed two of the most efficient killers to enforce his will.

By the early 1970's, Matthews organization was handling multi-million dollar shipments in at least 21 states. According to the US government, "Matthews controlled the cutting, packaging and sale of heroin in every major East Coast city."

As his drug empire grew, Matthews began to play the role of the "Black Caesar." Decked out in his large sable mink coat and leather safari suits, the cigar smoking drug kingpin could be seen traveling about Harlem with a harem of beautiful women. He also maintained several of his mistresses in the six apartments he owned in New York. Black Caesar was a regular patron of Harlem's most popular clubs and got the best tickets to see Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Cab Calloway. He paid cash for his fleet of Cadillacs and bought dozens of expensive tailored suites.

He also traveled frequently to Las Vegas where he lost as much as $190,000 in one session at the gambling tables. He was also using his contacts in Las Vegas to launder money. Matthews was treated like a king in Las Vegas.

Black Caesar was chauffeured in a Rolls Royce to a front row seat at Madison Square Garden where he enjoyed watching his idol Muhammad Ali's latest big fight. He also traveled frequently to Atlanta on business. At the local Playboy Club, he met with one of his mistresses, a blonde Playboy bunny.

Eventually, Matthews and his family moved into a multi-million dollar home and he sent his three kids to private school. Paul Castellano, the godfather of the powerful Gambino crime family did not take kindly to having a young flamboyant black man moving into the neighborhood. Castellano was contemplating whacking Matthews but before he could put his plan in motion, he got killed.

During this time, Matthews was generating $600,000 per day in drug profits and he had a net worth of $60 million dollars.

Matthews was the only black man affiliated with the "French Connection," pipeline, this deal made him a fortune.

Instead of reinvesting his profits into his drug business, he began to invest in real estate and he put additional funds in overseas money laundering havens. Authorities estimated that Matthews was putting at least $1 million dollars per month into a special savings account.

In 1972, Matthews drug supplier was arrested in Miami. Matthews was arrested a few weeks later and faced 50 years in prison.

On July 2, 1973, Matthews was scheduled to appear in court but he never showed. Matthews disappeared with $20 million dollars in cash. His girlfriend, Denise Brown, accompanied him.

The authorities have been looking for them ever since.

Frank Lucas (Denzel is portraying him in American Gangster) says, "Some say Frank Matthews is dead but I know for a fact he's living in Africa, like a king, with all the money in the world."

Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk


The grisly, ritualistic-style murders of which Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald (third photo) was convicted took place in MacDonald's home located in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, on February 17, 1970, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. in the morning. At the time, MacDonald was a captain in the Army (Green Berets) and assigned to medical duties at Womack Army Hospital, Ft. Bragg. Incredibly, Army investigators decided within fifteen minutes of arriving at the crime scene, that Dr. MacDonald had "staged" the entire massacre and then stabbed (and clubbed) himself-repeatedly-in order to make it "appear" that he was a victim of outside assailants who entered his home. This version of events appeared in the book and film, titled "Fatal Vision."

A drug trafficking ring (that extended to Vietnam) wanted to hang the crime on Jeffrey MacDonald. Why? Allegedly, Dr. MacDonald became aware of them smuggling drugs in military coffins and in the cavities of dead soldiers and the traffickers thought he was going to blow the whistle on their operation. Simply stated, according to some legal scholars, the people who murdered Jeffrey MacDonald's wife and children were part of a huge drug pipeline operation (headed by American Gangster's Ike Atkinson) that ran from Vietnam straight into Ft. Bragg and other military bases around the United States.

According to Helena Stoeckley (an informant), many high ranking Army officials (including two Ft. Bragg generals) were involved in the drug running/distribution operation, along with some members of the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and some members of the Fayetteville Police Department. The lead CID investigator at the MacDonald crime scene, the person who said that MacDonald had "staged" the massacre of his family, was William Ivory, a man Helena Stoeckley identified as being involved with a Fayetteville Police detective named Lieutenant Rudy Studer in drug dealing. Stoeckley said she would tell authorities everything about Ivory and Studer's illicit activities if given immunity from prosecution. She never got it.

Beyond shielding corrupt Army officials who were involved in the Vietnam pipeline operation, there were at least 15 teenage children of upper rank Army officers at Ft Bragg who were enmeshed in the local drug culture, including the daughter of an Army colonel who decided to focus the CID's investigation of the MacDonald murders exclusively on Jeffrey MacDonald as the sole suspect. Even more telling, the daughter of that colonel was known to be person who often associated with Helena Stoeckley and her druggie friends.

Helena Stoeckley was a drug informant from approximately 1968 until 1972. Helena told authorities that drugs, primarily heroin, were being smuggled into this country in the body cavities of dead soldiers being returned by air from Vietnam to the United States. She named Ike Atkinson, first photo, (the same man who helped Frank Lucas smuggle drugs in American Gangster) as the ring leader. Atkinson was portrayed as 'Nate,' by actor Roger Guenveur (2nd photo) in the film "American Gangster." Atkinson is considered the biggest drug trafficker ever to operate out of Southeast Asia.

When Atkinson returned stateside, he was located in Goldsboro, N.C., supposedly working out of Johnson Air Force Base. Helena added, they were smuggling drugs in the same manner into Johnson Air Force Base.

She also advised authorities that Atkinson was in the service, but subsequently got out and continued his business in drugs with the same contacts. Authorities didn't pay much attention to Atkinson because he wasn't in their jurisdiction.

Helena said, after the MacDonald murders, that there were contacts in Vietnam who continued to put the drugs in the G.I.'s bodies, in plastic bags after the autopsies were complete, The bodies were sewn up and shipped to Pope Air Base, Ft. Bragg, Johnson Air Base, and other bases which she did not name.

Jeffrey MacDonald has spent the last 28 years in prison.

Source: Ken Adache @


A sequel to the "Rayful Edmond Story," entitled "Ray," has just been released. This DVD focuses on Edmond's operating a drug empire from behind bars.

Rewind: Rayful Edmond, III was the biggest drug dealer in Washington, D.C. history, earning $70 million per month from drug proceeds and employing 150 street soldiers and enforcers.

Fast Forward: According to the DVD, after he was incarcerated, he continued selling drugs from prison. His supplier was his cell mate Chucky, the third largest Columbian cocaine dealer in the world. One of their drug deals went bad and Edmond's was in debt for $7 million dollars. His Columbian suppliers put out a contract on his life. At that instant, Edmond's turned government witness to protect his life and his testimony led to the arrest of 50 people. He is allegedly in the witness protection program behind bars in a private location.


Shauntay Henderson was the leader of the 12th Street Gang in Kansas City, MO., and police say she is responsible for 5 cold blooded murders and witnesses are to terrified to testify against her. She reportedly had a 'hit list' she carried out. This woman is so dangerous, she's only the eighth woman in history to be added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. Henderson was even known to disguise herself as a boy to carry out hits.

After an extensive FBI manhunt, she was captured, now rumors are surfacing that Shauntay Henderson may have been a female enforcer/hit woman for local drug syndicates/cartels. Similar to the "New Jack City," character "Keisha," portrayed by actress Vanessa Williams.

Click here to read her entire story: "Female Gangsta/Hit Woman"


Vincent Smothers, 27 (second photo), has confessed to the killing of a police officer’s wife. Rose Cobb, 47, wife of Sgt. David Cobb (1st photo), was shot multiple times while she sat inside the couples minivan outside of a CVS on Dec 27th of last year. David Cobb had been inside the store at the time. Smothers has now said that the murder of Cobb had been a hit, and David Cobb was the one who paid him to do it.

Smothers described himself as a professional hit man and claims he was paid $1,500 by Cobb to murder Rose Cobb. Smothers had an arrest warrant on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault with intent to murder and firearm offenses. He and an accomplice allegedly shot three people, killing two at an apartment complex last June. Smothers has served time before on concealed weapons charges. He has now confessed to the murders of nine other people.

David Cobb would later commit suicide by hanging.


Vincent Smothers wears death all over his body. The self-professed hit man is tattooed on his arms, back, legs and chest — permanent reminders of friends and loved ones who died before him. The names, tombstones and dates of their deaths are impressively etched on his 6-foot-1 lanky frame.

Smothers, 27, says he's no stranger to death. He told police that he stealthily freelanced seven slayings on Detroit's poverty-stricken east side from 2006 to the end of last year.

He said he mostly killed drug dealers who either owed a debt, stole the merchandise or had infringed on someone else's turf. But he also has confessed to killing two men who were targeted as federal informants and a Detroit police sergeant's wife.

In his confession, Smothers told police that he wasn't remorseful until he killed the sergeant's wife.

For the occasion, he donned suits, ties and sunglasses, and usually carried at least two guns — an AK47 and a .40-caliber pistol — for efficiency. He said he practiced shooting at a gun range between jobs.

After high school, Smothers told police he began stealing cars, dabbling in the drug world and robbing dope houses before graduating to contract killings in 2006 for one motivation: money.

By many accounts, Smothers is a soft-spoken and charming man with a handsome smile and a polished persona — certainly not a man who embodied a murder-for-hire existence.

After his April 19 arrest, Smothers described to police the two lives he led: one with his wife and newborn daughter in a tidy townhouse complex in Shelby Township, where he would walk his beloved poodle and politely speak to neighbors; the other as a man who matter-of-factly detailed his deadly trail for police.

Smothers said his first kill occurred on Aug. 16, 2006, in front of a reputed drug house on Strasburg near Gratiot.

He was hired to kill two brothers, but only one was there at the time. Adrian Thornton, 27, was killed by gunshot wounds to the head, chest and legs. Another 28-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of the head, but survived.

Weathered teddy bears mark the grassy spot across the street where Thornton collapsed on his back after running from the house.

But Smothers did not forget the other half of his assignment.

Waiting about five months to the day, Smothers said he returned to the Strasburg neighborhood on Jan. 17, 2007, to gun down Carl Thornton, 29. Neighbors said Smothers laid in wait in an abandoned house and ambushed Thornton and a 22-year-old woman, who was shot in the buttocks but survived. Neighbor Nancy Jenkins, 58, said she hit the floor and called 911 when the shooting started. She said she peeked out her window and saw Thornton lying facedown on his front porch, and a woman bleeding and crawling toward her house.

"They sounded like automatic cannons," Jenkins recalled of the gunshots. "I heard it was a hit — that they had stole something from a drug man," she said.

Police say Smothers told them he was hired to kill Marshall White Jr., 56, and Johnny Marshall, 64, because they were believed to be federal informants. The men were found dead about noon May 24, 2007, at Jos. Campau and the I-94 eastbound service drive.

Police found the car with the hood up. White was shot in the head outside the car, and Marshall was in the passenger seat with a gunshot to the face.

A federal source who requested anonymity said the case is under investigation. Smothers has not been charged in those killings.

But he is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the June 21, 2007, fatal shootings of Clarence Cherry, 34, and Gaudrielle Webster, 18. Cherry was struck 20 times in the head, abdomen, leg, arm and chest. Another woman, Karsia Rice, 18, survived the attack on Gravier, off Cadieux near Mack.

Smothers' accomplice, Lakari Berry, 27, was arrested shortly after the shootout and is serving life in prison with no chance of parole for the killings. Smothers confessed to police that he was the other shooter.

Meanwhile, Smothers has told police he is prepared to take full responsibility for his actions.

Source: Suzette Hackney & Ben Schmitt @ The Detroit Free Press


Notorious Washington, DC hit man, Wayne "Silk" Perry (1st photo) is the most notorious black hit man in U.S. history. He was loved by some and feared by many. He was the Michael Jordan of the murder game. If cops were to list the top five hit man to ever come out of D.C., Perry would be number one and number two. The government has referred to him as an contract killer.

Perry was the cousin of Rayful Edmond, a drug dealer who introduced Washington, D.C. to crack cocaine, generating $2 million dollars per month. Rumors have always circulated that Perry was allegedly involved in the murder of Karlton Hines, a NBA prospect who dropped out of sports to sell drugs.

Allegedly, Perry is rumored to be involved with over 100 murders associated with the drug trade. He was a top enforcer for drug crews and drug cartels. People often scattered when Perry drove by in his Mercedes Benz. When Perry wasn't carrying out contracts, he was robbing banks or playing craps.

Everybody has heard the stories about how Perry protected the infamous Harlem drug dealer, Alberto "Alpo" Martinez (3rd photo). Perry allegedly dropped bodies to keep Alpo alive and Alpo repaid him by telling the feds everything and helping them seek the death penalty against Perry. At the age of 17, Alpo was the first black man in this country to own a Lamborghini sports car.

People know the Wayne Perry of the late 80s, but the legendary gangster has been in the mix since the 70s. Now, confined in the Control Unit of ADX with five life sentences, this is the man that federal prosecutors called one of the most heinous murderers in DC history.

Source: "Don Diva Magazine"

According to Bumpy Johnson's widow, Mayme (2nd photo): "Life as Bumpy Johnson's girlfriend was dizzying and glorious. We were out at theaters, clubs and gambling joints almost every night and he introduced me to a whole bunch of celebrities I'm positive I would have never met had it not been for him."

"Bumpy was good friends with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson and he also introduced me to Sugar Ray's wife. Edna Mae used to be a Cotton Club dancer. She was a pretty woman, and in fact she was on the very first cover of Jet Magazine. Edna was a pleasant enough woman but at times she was hard to be around because she was always showing off. She was so very materialistic. I remember one time she was boasting to me about a beautiful mink coat Sugar Ray had bought her and she mentioned the fact that it cost him $10,000. She didn't realize that my solid gold watch which weighed almost 1/2 pound, covered with diamonds and rubies cost more, a gift from my husband. When I brought this to her attention, her eyes widened but she couldn't bring herself to ask me more about it."

"One evening, I met Bumpy for a Georgia Skin card game. Bojangles was in attendance and he was drunk and mad that he lost all his money. He said, "I know ya'll n**gers been cheating me and I'ma kill all y'all motherfuckers up in here right now if you don't give me back my money. Then he pulled out a pearl-handled gun and shot a couple of bullets into the ceiling. Most of the gamblers just sighed and gave him his money back. But then, Bojangles turned and pointed the gun at Bumpy. Bumpy looked Bojangles in the eye and said, "I know you drunk, man, but I also know you ain't that damn drunk." Bojangles grinned and put the gun back in his pocket.

Source: "Harlem Godfather," by Mayme Johnson & Karen E. Quinones Miller


Burly and intimidating was the way Reggie Brown aka Rockn' Regge was described, calculating, cold and unforgiving are terms which also apply to this once powerful leader of an east side drug gang responsible for countless deaths during the mid to late '80s. While Reggie Brown did not create "Best Friends," it was his deeds that led to the organizations fierce reputation on the bloody streets of Detroit. While Best Friends was a drug gang headed by Richard "Maserati Rick" Carter and his best friend Demetrius Holloway, Reggie rose to prominence as the leader of the gangs enforcement arm known as the "Wrecking Crew." Best Friends was formed after a series of battles with rival drug dealers.

In an effort to rectify this situation, Carter approached Reggie "a man known for his propensity for violence," with an offer of protection. Carter would finance the formation of a security team in which Brown would direct it's movements on behalf of Best Friends drug wing. Brown agreed and began recruiting a crack team of shooters who were outfitted with high powered assault rifles, automatic pistols, body armor and bullet proof vests paid for courtesy of Carter, Holloway and teenage drug sensation White Boy Rick Wershe. Reggie's recruiting efforts started close to home where he counted his 3 brothers Ezra "Wizard," Gregory "Ghost" and Terrance "Boogaloo" as his closest aides.

Less than a year after it was founded, the wrecking crew was the most feared enforcement arm in the Detroit underworld taking on upstart groups like Pony Down and small but well run operations by former clients of Carter's like Big Ed Hanserd and James Lamont. During the course of these battles, allies were loss none closer or more devastating to Reggie than the loss of his two younger brothers Ezra and Gregory within a week of one another in December of 1986. The death of Ezra and Gregory did nothing to deter the two remaining brothers from continuing along the path of violence which had caused their loss but instead seemed to light a fire which would rage out of control for the next 7 years.


Carol Preston (above, far left) was the first black female kingpin on the East Coast, she was also responsible for a vast network of smugglers (including herself). Preston served 14 years in the Federal Penitentiary before being released.


In an upcoming "Black Underworld," segment, we fill feature drug kingpins Geto and Slick Rick. Both men headed a teenage drug crew (above) that generated millions selling crack cocaine. Stay tuned.


A gang of police impersonators abducted and tortured cocaine traffickers, forcing them to hand over multimillion-dollar stashes by holding their families hostage or threatening to squeeze their testicles with pliers, authorities said Tuesday.

An indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charged eight men with robbery conspiracy, drug dealing and an array of other crimes.

Since the spring of 2003, the gang injured about 100 people while committing 100 holdups targeting large-scale traffickers in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, investigators said.

The take: $4 million in cash and more than 1,650 pounds of cocaine worth $20 million, which authorities say the men sold on the streets of New York. Sometimes abduction attempts led to shootouts between the robbery crew and associates of the drug dealers, authorities said.

The scheme "was breathtaking in the scope of its crimes and in the danger it posed to our communities," said U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.

Authorities seized several kilograms of cocaine, more than 20 handguns, handcuffs, police scanners and vehicles equipped with lights and sirens.

The men, court papers said, "were particularly sophisticated in their tactics," often conducting surveillance on the drug dealers for weeks before arming themselves with handguns and making "a police-style car stop" in cars equipped with lights and sirens. Other times, the gang gained entry into victims' homes by identifying themselves as police officers, then holding entire families hostage at gunpoint for days on end.

The victims were handcuffed, bound with duct tape and subjected to various means of torture during interrogations, including "simulated drowning through repeated submerging of victims' heads in water for extended periods of time," the court papers said.

One victim told investigators that during a 2005 abduction, two of the defendants "applied a pair of pliers to the victim's testicles and threatened to squeeze the pliers if the victim did not talk," the papers added.

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson described the crime spree as "a dangerous dance of alleged criminals preying upon alleged criminals, who themselves profited from the desperation of drug abusers."

The defendants, all from the Dominican Republic, were ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday in Brooklyn. If convicted, each faces a sentence of 40 years to life behind bars.


Major Benjamin Coxson was a flamboyant underworld figure -- a car thief, a gangland fixer and a candidate for the mayor of Camden. Allegedly, Muhammad Ali bought Coxson a brand new limousine to campaign in.

Underworld sources claim the Muslims ordered Coxson killed for failing to broker a major heroin deal ($200,000) between the New York Mafia and the local Muslim mob. He was murdered by Philadelphia's Muslim mob along with his companion Louise Luby, and her daughter, Lita, at his home in Cherry Hill NJ on June 8, 1973.

Philadelphia crime figure Ronald Harvey, who was convicted of the Nation of Islam- murder of two women and five children in Washington DC in January of 1973, is suspected of carrying out the murder of Major Coxson and the Lubys. Harvey was never charged with the crime however, and died in prison.


We reported last week that the Feds may indict rapper Young Jeezy before August due to drug trafficking allegations brought to their attention by a former Black Mafia Family (BMF) soldier.

Fast Forward:

Our law enforcement source reveals: The Feds are even more determined to bring Jeezy down since a urban blog reported this week that Jeezy allegedly paid $750,000 in cash to buy his former (famous) girlfriend an Atlanta mansion and then gave her the deed to the property. According to reports, he also bought this woman a six figure condo and it's rumored, he also bought her a Ferrari.

Jeezy also drives a $250,000 Lamborghini despite sluggish record sales.

Our source adds: "Law enforcement and the IRS is wondering, where did the money come from for this extravagant lifestyle?"

Stay tuned.

Lydia Harris (2nd photo) is the former wife of Michael "Harry O" Harris; an imprisoned drug kingpin who helped launch "Death Row Records."

According to Lydia, "When I was married to Michael, I got to know a male friend of his named Dee." They were from the same hood. Dee had been sent up after he and a friend were arrested by federal agents for transporting AK-47's. Mike got to know Dee better in prison and took him under his wing."

"After Dee got paroled, Mike had him accompany me to a meeting with Suge Knight and a woman named Kim; a friend of Suge's. We made it through the meeting okay but as we were leaving the building, Suge said something disrespectful to Dee and immediately drew his fist back to hit him. Dee turned around and ran right out of his shoes to his car. Suge was close behind."

"Dee opened the door and jumped in, slid across the seat and came out on the other side with a .357 Magnum in hand! Then he pointed it directly at Suge's head. Suge stopped dead in his tracks."

The drama wasn't over because Kim then snatched open the door of Suge's car and grabbed her 9mm and aimed it at Dee and screamed to Suge, "I got him! What do you want me to do?"

And then my cell phone rung, it was Mike asking how the meeting went. Well, what could I say? Everything had gone crazy and everybody had gone nuts and it was broad daylight and I was standing between two people who were holding loaded guns and Mike asked me to hand the phone to Suge. He asked Suge what was going on and Suge lied and said that Dee had disrespected me, this was news to me.

What had I gotten myself into? This was my first real taste of business in the macho world of entertainment and it was my initiation into Suge's world of sabotage, bullying and power and it was a clue to the unacceptable behaviors that had sentenced Suge, Dee and Mike to prison.

Source: "Married To The Game," by Lydia Harris



Wayne Perry (second image-third photo) had the juice, when people saw him coming, they quickly crossed the street because his reputation proceeded him. He may be the most feared drug enforcer in history.

When Wayne Perry arrived in a town, usually, somebody would be found dead the next day.

Perry worked mainly for the "Alpo" drug cartel. He was Alpo's personal bodyguard/security chief.

On the streets of Washington, D.C. he was considered a freelance hit man who used various methods to allegedly kill and torture. Perry was also known to use diamond studded brass knuckles to break jaws.

Other cartels and Italian crime families became impressed by Perry's reputation and reached out to him.

Perry is currently serving a long prison stretch and alleges that his former boss-Alpo, snitched on him.

Fast Forward:

Rumors are currently circulating that Wayne Perry may have been the alleged trigger man in the unsolved Karlton Hines (1st photo) murder.

At 15, Karlton Hines had a NBA body and stood 6’5. He was so versatile, he could play power forward and guard. He was also an unselfish player and passed the ball around.

He received over 35 letters from colleges around the world but Karlton was intent on going to Syracuse.

He was an All-Star and many considered him the best high school basketball player in the country. His skills were similar to Lebron James.

His dunks were so fierce and ferocious; he was nicknamed ‘Dunking Hines.’

But something went terribly wrong, four months before graduation, after an altercation with a coach, Karlton quit basketball. The lure of the streets became too great and Hines became a big time drug dealer. He wore over $100,000 in bling at all times and had a fleet of luxury cars.

Karlton was having custom-made seats put in his Lexus; accompanied by his crew, he went to the shop to pick up the car. One of the detailers was trying to talk Karlton into purchasing a car alarm system. He asked Karlton to come with him, he would show him how the system operated on another car, as they approached the car, shots rung out.

When the shots stopped, Carlos, a member of Karlton’s crew screamed, I’ve been hit. Other members of the crew rushed to his aid, that’s when they saw Karlton lying on the ground, they tried to resurrect him but it was too late, Karlton was dead.

Karlton Hines died on April 8th , 1994 at the age of 25. $5,000 was found in his pockets. The killer or killers were never apprehended.


Before becoming a black female "special agent," for the government, Dorothy Proctor was a con woman, Harlem hustler and she worked as a cutter in numerous drug mills.

When she was hustling in Harlem, she often came across drug kingpin Frank Matthews (2nd photo), they ran in the same circles until Matthews disappeared on the run (from authorities) with over $12 million in cash, he hasn't been seen since.

Dorothy soon hooked up with a stick-up king named Cadillac Richie. They were involved in a dozen stickups, sometimes netting $30,000 per heist.

On the side, Dorothy was learning the trade of being a drug mule. She specialized in pick-up, delivery, muling, stashing, weighing, mixing, collecting and negotiation.

She was thrown into a world of furs, designer cars and clothes, expensive jewelry and fine wines. Dorothy also enjoyed lavish meals. She attended Broadway shows, Super Bowls and concerts. She also went overseas to shop.

Dorothy had become a celebrity in the drug world.

Any guilt over her profession would fade over bottles of Moet and Chandon champagne, with Beluga caviar and Oysters Rockefeller. Dorothy enjoyed the jet set lifestyle.

Dorothy would languish in the drug trade for five years.

*Part II of this story will appear in the near future.

In the Baltimore underworld of drugs and crime, police say Kevin Armstead (above) is a 5'2 kingpin. A real life episode of "The Wire." At 25, Kevin Armstead already has a lengthy rap sheet for gun crimes, drug dealing, and sex offenses involving minors. He also has ties to the Bloods street gang.

Cops say Armstead is a hardcore criminal and a longtime drug dealer with a main base of operation in Baltimore, Md.

Ricardo Paige, meanwhile, was a hardworking handyman, who was trying to rid his tough neighborhood of drugs and violence.

Paige often did renovation work on run-down row houses in North Baltimore.

The houses that Paige worked on were the type of places that drug dealers like Armstead loved to use as stash houses to hide drugs while their minions would sling the contraband on street corners.

Paige would always dispose of any drugs or paraphernalia he would find while he was working, and cops say that soon caught the attention of Armstead and his men, who believed Paige threw out a cache of their cocaine. That's why on March 20, 2007, cops say Armstead and two of his thug friends kicked down the back door of a row house that Paige was working on and demanded to know what had happened to their stash.

Paige pleaded for his life and tried to run, but he couldn't get away; he was shot several times and was killed.

Cops believe Armstead is now moving back and forth between Baltimore and New York City.

Cops also say that Armstead's family members, some of whom work in the bail bonds business, are helping Armstead stay on the loose by providing him with stolen Social Security numbers, aliases, and fake IDs.

Armstead is also wanted for failure to register as a sex offender.


The off-duty Queens cop who allegedly schemed to rob drug dealers is a hip-hop fanatic who drove luxury cars, flashed wads of cash and claimed he was pals with rap superstars 50 Cent and Ja Rule, sources said yesterday.

In 2005, officer Donald Medard even rolled up to the 104th Precinct station house in Maspeth recently behind the wheel of a silver Mercedes-Benz SL500 Roadster, police sources said.

The luxury sports car sells for $93,675 - more than double the 30-year-old cop’s NYPD salary.

“He was coming across like he was a big rap promoter,” said a cop who asked not to be named. “He was always saying he was going away to certain trips … promoting this and that.”

Medard’s street smarts, black belt in karate and work ethic made him seemingly a perfect fit for his precinct’s special narcotics enforcement unit, which targets drug dealers.

But prosecutors say he planned to prey on the same drug dealers during his off time - teaming up with ex-cons in a plot to rob the hoodlums.

Medard and three pals were arrested in Washington Heights early Tuesday after cops found guns, a ski mask and bulletproof vest inside his SUV, police said.

He told cops he was one of the city’s Finest - and then went to grab his 9-mm. Glock service weapon “in a manner that led the arresting officer to fear for his life,” a prosecutor said.

In a videotaped confession, one of Medard’s alleged cohorts, Claude Dorsica, 20, of Elmont, L.I., said the crew was planning to commit robberies, prosecutors said.

“We have reason to believe the defendant was part of a plan to shake down and rob drug dealers in the area,” Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass said at Medard’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Medard, an Army veteran who joined the NYPD in 2003, has been charged with gun possession. Cops were checking if he is linked to any unsolved robberies and asked drug dealers to come forward with information.

Medard was stopped 1:30 a.m. by cops at W. 180th St. and Audubon Ave. after a 911 caller told police someone in a black GMC Yukon had committed an assault.

Cops spotted a 9-mm. semiautomatic pistol, a .380-caliber gun and .45-caliber gun in the SUV, court records show. The loaded guns’ serial numbers had been scratched off, sources said.

Even before his arrest, Medard had raised the suspicions of fellow cops because he often carried a bulletproof vest home with him, sources said.

“He was known to have three or four vests [in his station house locker] and he would always come in to work with his vest,” a cop said. “Why do you need four?”

Medard also was outspoken about his desire to leave the NYPD, telling several cops he dreamed of breaking into the hip-hop industry. He distributed flyers touting rappers performing at nightspots including Manhattan’s Club Exit, and claimed to be near signing a $1 million rap contract, sources said.

“He definitely didn’t like working for the NYPD. He felt they were racist to some degree,” a cop said, adding that Medard had blasted officers who he believed had pulled him over while driving because he is black.

Medard’s wife, Kimberly, refused to bring their children, ages 8 and 9, to his arraignment. But she still defended him.

“I guess the police believe their story, but I believe mine,” she said through the door of her Queens Village apartment. “I believe him. I believe in him.”

Medard was being held on $10,000 bail. If he comes up with the cash, authorities will scrutinize where he got it.

Ja Rule’s attorney said the rapper did not know Medard, and 50 Cent’s representatives did not return calls.

Source NY Daily News

On June 12, 2008: Black Mafia Family member, Fleming “Ill” Daniels revealed a stunning allegation: According to Fleming, Atlanta hip-hop superstar Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins (1st photo) received kilos of cocaine from BMF. Jeezy has not been charged with a crime in relation to the allegation.


Since this story broke two weeks ago, allegedly, several incarcerated members of The Black Mafia Family want to come forward to exchange information on Young Jeezy for reduced prison sentences.

Also, a highly placed law enforcement source revealed, the Feds (allegedly) may be looking to indict Young Jeezy (for drug related crimes/trafficking) before August.


When Larry W. Woods, Jr. (above) was sentenced to 111 years in jail for killing a restaurant manager, police thought justice was served. But on July 9, 2001, Woods escaped from prison and hasn't been seen since. Woods was a high ranking soldier in the Gangster Disciples and police theorize, the gang may be aiding his escape and helping him avoid capture.



Black drug lords across the country are now diversifying. They are buying the Rolls Royce of weave hair (Remy Indian Human Hair) by the kilo at wholesale and reselling it for $45.00 per ounce; less risk because this is legal and very profitable. Enough hair for a full lace front weave is 8 ounces (nearly $400 per pop). Remy lace front wigs are worn by every major urban female celebrity in music and film.

Update: Rap music impresario Alton "Ace Capone" Coles (1st photo) was convicted last week of using his record company as a front for a multimillion dollar drug-distribution network that brought more than a ton of cocaine and a half-ton of crack onto the Philadelphia market between 1998 and August 2005.

Before his arrest in August 2005, Coles was well known on Philadelphia's rap music scene, staging weekly parties at clubs, hosting after-concert parties for rap stars who performed in the city, and promoting CDs and DVDs featuring rappers who performed for Take Down Records.

He drove around the city in a blue Bentley that he obtained in a trade - for a Cadillac Escalade and a Mercedes-Benz - with local rap star Beanie Sigel according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

And he "starred" in a 31-minute rap music video called "New Jack City: The Next Generation."

A former girlfriend of Coles', Kristina Latney, also testified for the prosecution, admitting that Coles used her as a straw buyer for properties and luxury automobiles purchased with drug proceeds.

Latney was one of five women linked romantically to Coles during the trial.

Two other girlfriends, Asya Richardson, 27, and Monique Pullins, 24, were codefendants. They were convicted of related charges yesterday.

Pullins, whose bail was denied after the verdicts were announced, was convicted of the most serious crime: conspiracy to distribute cocaine. She faces a sentence of from 10 years to life. She was also convicted of maintaining a stash house where Coles kept drugs, and of using the telephone for drug trafficking.

Richardson was convicted of two counts of money laundering in connection with the purchase of a $488,000 house near Mullica Hill that she shared with Coles for just two weeks before his arrest in August 2005.

When agents raided Thompson's home outside Salem, N.J., where Morris was staying on Aug. 5, 2005, they found $559,321 in cash stashed throughout the house.

Source: George Anastasia @ The Philadelphia Inquirer


Former black gangster (kingpin) Frank "Superfly" Lucas second photo, made his bones in 1965: For Lucas, the incident, was strictly business. Because, as Lucas recalls, "when you're in the kind of work I was in, you've got to be for real. You've got to show what you're willing to do."

"Everyone, Goldfinger Terrell, Willie Abraham, Hollywood Harold, was talking about this big guy, this Tango. About six five, 270 pounds, quick on his feet . . . He killed two or three guys with his hands. Had this big bald head, like Mr. Clean. Wore those Mafia undershirts. Everyone was scared of him. So I figured, Tango, you're my man.

"I went up to him, asked him if he wanted to do something, some business. I gave him $5,000 worth of merchandise. Because I know he was gonna fuck up. That's the kind of guy he was. Two weeks later, I go talk to him. 'Look, man,' I say. 'Hey, man, when you gonna pay me?'

"He started cursing, saying he was going to make me his bitch and he'd do the same to my mama too. Well, as of now, he's dead. No question, a dead man. But I let him talk. A dead man got a right to say what he wants. Now the whole block is there, to see if I'm going to pussy out. He was still yelling. So I said to him, 'When you get through, let me know.' "

"Then the motherfucker broke for me. But he was too late. I shot him. Four times, bam, bam, bam, bam.

After I killed that boy," Frank Lucas goes on, gesturing toward the corner on the other side of 116th Street, "from that day on, I could take any amount of money, set it on the corner, and put my name on it. Frank Lucas. I guarantee you, nobody would touch it."

Once Frank saw guys writing policy numbers, carrying big wads, his course was set. Within a few months, he was a one-man, hell-bent crime wave. He stuck up the Hollywood Bar on Lenox and 116th, got himself $600. He went to the Busch Jewelers on 125th Street, stole a tray of diamonds, broke the guard's jaw with brass knuckles on the way out. Later, he ripped off a high-roller crap game at the Big Track Club on 110th. "They were all gangsters in there, Cool Breeze, a lot of them. I walked in, took their money. Now they was all looking for me." I would have been murdered if Bumpy Johnson didn't have the contract cancelled.

Source: NY Magazine: The Return Of Superfly.

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Apparently the upcoming film "American Gangster," based on the life of former drug kingpin Frank 'Superfly' Lucas, (first photo) will not stay true to form and document his long term affair with Billie Mays (stepdaughter of Willie Mays). This is a serious omission because back in the 70's, Billie Mays was the most sought after Black woman in this country among rich Black men, kingpins and athletes (Walt "Clyde" Frazier). Lucas always bragged about being a good lover and he always had a crowd of good looking women around him. He considered Billie Mays is greatest conquest. When Frank went to jail, Billie stayed faithful to him but it drove her mother crazy. She hated Frank because she thought he was a born liar and a drug dealer.

According to authorities, "Lucas was a loud, flamboyant style of a gangster who wanted to show he deserved the moniker of Super Fly." "Frank did not have the slickness of a Nicky Barnes. He was a country boy-a big loudmouth but he did have charisma."

As "Superfly," Lucas looked and acted the part. He wore custom-made suits, sable coats and plenty of bling and he drove a fleet of luxury wheels-Rolls Royces, Mercedes Benz's and Corvettes."

Authorities claim, Superfly was most likely illiterate. An informant stated Lucas couldn't count. "If he had twenty pounds of $100 bills, he would just know from experience that he had a million dollars."

At the mere mention of rival Nicky Barnes' name, Lucas explodes. He says, "Nicky was a fifty-kilo, dope-sniffing junkie." He did not handle the three-thousand kilo loads we were moving." Lucas' dislike of Barnes was so intense, he once put out a contract on him.

This ruthless gangster would do anything to protect his empire. This included eliminating blood relatives. Lucas gave his brother Shorty an assignment, he messed up. Lucas was about to put a contract out on Shorty but he had another brother who got killed. Lucas didn't want his mother to grieve over losing two sons in a short period of time, so the contract was cancelled.

Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk

According to Bumpy Johnson's widow, Mayme, "The Italian crime syndicate (Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia and Joey Adonis) gifted Bumpy with $6000 and car keys to a brand new Lincoln Continental when he was released from prison in 1947.

Bumpy said, "Nice, but I prefer Cadillacs." No problem," Joey Adonis said. "Take the Lincoln now, I'll replace it with a Cadillac in a couple of weeks." Bumpy said, "This car will come in handy because I'm going to be swinging back in action in a couple of days." "Yeah? That's nice. What kind of action is that? "Same kind of action I was in before I went up." Joey said, "You got the okay for that Bumpy?" "What kind of okay you talking about." "From our friends. You talked this over with our friends?" "Man, "Bumpy said standing up, "I don't need to talk it over with nobody. I'm going back in business for myself like always."

A few days later, Bumpy was called to a meeting with mob boss Fat Tony. He was accompanied by his crew. Fat Tony informed Bumpy, they wanted a percentage of all of Bumpy's upcoming illegal activities but Bumpy stood his ground and refused.

A few weeks later, Lucky Luciano called Fat Tony from Naples and told him, leave Bumpy Johnson alone. "When I served time with him in Dannemora in 1938, an inmate tried to shank me, Bumpy pushed me out the way and slugged the guy." "This is an order! Do not ever extort money from Bumpy Johnson." The mob backed off and Bumpy was free to operate.

Source: Harlem Godfather," by Mayme Johnson & Karen E. Quinones Miller

The authorities recently broke up one of the biggest Black Crime syndicates in U.S. history. The bust made news all over the world but we recently received word that the empire is still operational on an underground level but that may soon be changing since a few soldiers purchased high end Maserati's that will no doubt bring attention to them and their illicit dealings.


From September 1999 to March 2003 Lincoln White (above) imported 1.7 tons of cocaine into the United Kingdom. After converting the drug into crack his domestic couriers, who were well paid, supplied the whole of Britain. His empire was valued at $170 million.

White not only had a network of couriers, he also employed enforcers, airline workers and former girlfriends were used to transfer thousands of pounds of crack aboard planes.

The educated druggist lived an average lifestyle as he drove a Peugeot 205 and lived in a £1,000-a-month rented flat in east Dulwich, south London. He also shunned bling.

He was convicted of conspiracy at Kingston Crown Court, for importing and distributing the class 'A' drug.

He was convicted of drug dealing and slapped with a 25-year prison sentence last year.

Officials say, White was the biggest crack cocaine importer, manufacturer and distributor ever arrested in the U.K.

In the same style as "Cocaine Cowboys," rapper Rick Ross brought in Chris Larceny to direct this true story of the top 10 black drug kingpins in the late 1989's and early 1990's in Miami, Florida. In this DVD, Ross narrates the stories of notorious drug figures: Kenneth "Bobbie" Williams, Corey "Bubba" Smith, Bo-Diddly, Bunkie Brown, Big Ike, Convertible Burt, Rick Brownless and Willie Falcon.

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Former drug kingpin Nicky "Mr. Untouchable" Barnes is currently at war with Frank "Superfly" Lucas over his depiction in the upcoming film, "American Gangster." These two men were bitter rivals in the drug trade and still have an intense hatred for each other. At their peak, Barnes was sitting at a red light in his Ferrari when Lucas pulled up beside him in a customized Caddy. They both glared at each other. Later, it was rumored that Lucas took out a murder contract on Barnes which was never executed. Their only common trait? Both men are in the Witness Protection Program and neither seems to be buried very deep within the program because Barnes was accessible to Damon Dash during the production of his documentary "Mr. Untouchable" that will set the facts straight, according to Barnes-and Lucas was a visible consultant on his biopic "American Gangster."

According to Sandra Rose:  A confidential source has revealed the real reason behind Jay Z's "concept" album "American Gangster". The source who is close to Jay Z's camp, said Jay Z was "hurt" and "disappointed" that he didn't get the plum role of the Harlem numbers runner-turned-heroin dealer. The insider also said Jay Z felt slighted when the film's producers nixed his offer to record the soundtrack for the movie.

"He was assed out," said the insider. "They f*cked with his ego big time. Jay is not a man who can take no for an answer." The source also said Jay Z called in favors and tried to pull rank by going to Denzel Washington, who was eventually given the role. "The truth has never been told: Jay Z wanted the role years ago when Universal Studios first purchased the rights to "The Return of Superfly," said the insider, referring to the New York magazine article by Mark Jacobson.

The insider also claimed Jay Z entered into negotiations with then director Antoine Fuqua only to be turned away when Denzel expressed interest in the screen play. "Word gets around Hollywood fast when there's a good script, and Denzel wanted in on that project. Jay wasn't even taken seriously after Denzel's name got mentioned, but they kept stringing him along."

According to the insider, when Universal Studios cancelled production of "American Gangster" in 2004, Jay Z felt it was a sign from God. "He felt like if he wasn't going to be in it the movie shouldn't be made at all."

When production on the movie began anew in 2005, Jay Z changed tactics. "By then they had spent so much money on this thing, Jay just wanted to be involved in any way he could cause he thought [the movie] was going to be a block buster," said the source. Jay Z visited the set often and convinced his friend Denzel to talk to the producers on his behalf. "He wanted to do the soundtrack to the movie so bad, and initially everyone involved thought it was a great idea," said the source. "But nothing ever got signed - just a lot of talk.

"Once Jay realized they were stroking him again, he went into the studio to record his own soundtrack. He was in a race against time cause he wanted [the album] to compete with the movie," said the source. In September, Jay Z announced his new "concept" album "American Gangster" which he claimed was "inspired by" the movie. "Bullshit," said the source, - "At this point he doesn't want that movie to do well. Why you think all those clear studio copies of the movie are flooding the streets? This the first time a movie ever got bootlegged way before the movie was in the theaters. Only somebody with a studio copy could have done that."


According to Bumpy Johnson's widow, Mayme Johnson, 'Few people know that Bumpy was the godfather to Sidney Poitier's oldest daughter.'

Mayme Johnson not only criticizes the accuracy of the upcoming film, "American Gangster," but she also complains about the accuracy of the 1997 film "Hoodlum," based on her husband.

"Hoodlum," never let the audience in on the fact that Bumpy was involved in much more than number running. He had a hand in almost every illegal enterprise operating in Harlem.

Nor did the film show Bumpy’s close relationships with luminaries of the day, including Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Billie Holiday, Sugar Ray Robinson, Lena Horne, Paul Robeson, Joe Louis, Billy Daniels, Sarah Vaughn, Ethel Waters, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Imiru Baraka."


Black Mob Queen:

We reported in the past that the first black syndicate "The Forty Thieves," was run by a black woman, Stephanie "Madam Queenie," St. Clair, above. The Forty Thieves remains one of the most feared and ruthless black drug organizations in U.S. history. They dealt in drugs, loan sharking and enforcement.

Madame Queen's numbers bank brought in over $100,000 a year in the 1920's, which kept her in silk gowns, as well as enough for her to purchase and fabulously furnish a number of expensive brownstones and maintain a stable of fine cars as well as a flat in the ritzy Colonial Parkway Apartments on Edgecomb Avenue. It was also enough to earn her the distinction of being the largest female banker in the world.

The first black hit men in U.S. history worked for "The Forty Thieves," and they were no joke! The Italian mafia refused to do battle with them, they were just that feared.

White gangster Dutch Schultz attempted to takeover the Harlem numbers racket in the 1930's. It all started from a loan being repaid rapidly by a black Harlem numbers banker. Surprised by such a rapid repayment of a $40,000 loan, Schultz investigated various numbers operations and decided to muscle in on this lucrative racket.



The alleged co-founder and head of the Black Mafia Family (BMF) is expected to plead guilty to charges of running a continuing criminal enterprise in federal court yesterday. Federal prosecutors accuse Big Meech, born Demetrius Flenory and his brother Terry "Southwest T) of running a massive, multi state cocaine ring, which distributed thousands of kilos each month. The brothers then allegedly laundered over $270 million dollars in drug proceeds through a number of fake businesses, while purchasing millions in jewelry, cars and other luxuries. Although Big Meech or his brother have been charged with a violent crime, several high-profile murders and shootings have been attributed to BMF including the murder of Sean "Diddy" Combs’ bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones.


Midget Molley: The Federal Government claims he made $2-$3 million dollars per month in the underworld of Atlantic City.


Robert "Midget" Molley (above) rose from the dark and dangerous streets of Atlantic City to become the most notorious black kingpin and gangsta in the history of Atlantic City.

At 9, Molley was running numbers. He fired his first gun at 12 and was selling heroin by age 14.

In 1985, Molley got into the crack game and headed a multi-kilo distribution network that distributed to various Atlantic City projects.

Despite being married, Molley's top Lieutenant often secured women for him. College girls (Howard University) were often flown in to entertain Molley.

In Detroit, Molley was known as Shorty Mack. In California he was called ".45" because he had a habit of laying his gun down on the side of the bed before getting intimate with a woman.

At the height of his game, Molley was raking in $1 million per month, profits soon increased to $3 million per month.

Molley was so high profiled, he wore a gold crown atop his head on occasion.

Molley was busted on February 14, 1989 and was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Six months later, Molley caught an attempted murder charge and was sent to the notorious Super Max Federal Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois.

Despite his life of crime and numerous infidelities, his wife (Elise) continues to stand by him.



Mr. Untouchable is the true-life story of a Harlem drug lord Nicky Barnes. Marc Levin and Damon Dash do a great job capturing the true essence of Nicky Barnes. This documentary is informative and insightful and I enjoyed it more than "American Gangster." The film also includes testimony from Tee, police officers, journalists and prosecutors. Purchase it from ****


The fruits of their fathers’ drug-dealing were shared with the daughters (Nicole and Ebony Barnes): A $10,000 toy train set, and so many Barbie dolls they gave them away to friends. So were the penalties for their Dad's crimes. When the girls were young, their father were imprisoned. Their mother was, too. Nicole and Ebony Barnes were placed in foster care. Nicole is pictured above as a toddler with her parents (Nicky & Tee).

Ebony Barnes said that “it’s hard for us to think of ‘Mr. Untouchable’ as being the same person as our dad.” She added, “By the time we were old enough to understand what he had done, we had so many positive experiences with him.”

What if her own children, when they are old enough and learn the truth about their grandfather, decided to emulate him?

“I would say maybe Grandpa did it, but look at all the effects that it had,” Ebony Barnes said. “It affected a lot of people’s lives. For anyone to say that lifestyle is glamorous, there’s obviously negative consequences.”

Source: Sam Roberts @ The NY Times


The Black Hand of Death also known as the "Preacher Crew," was headed by Clarence "Preacher Heatley," pictured above in black suit.

If you say the word extortion in Harlem, the next words would probably be "The Preacher Crew" aka "The Family" and "The Black Hand Of Death!"

They were called the most ruthless men in Harlem, extorting drug dealers all over the country, if they didn't pay, they would be killed by torture.

They've been accused of numerous murders dating back to the 70's.

When individuals were ordered to be murdered, acid was poured on their bodies to remove tattoos that could possibly identify them. Their bodies were then dismembered and left in a crumbling abandoned building. Crew members were then ordered to scrub down the killing room with boric acid after each murder.

After three decades of allegedly terrorizing, extorting, murdering and torturing Harlem’s major drug dealers, "The Preacher Crew," was captured by the F.B.I.'s C11 squad. This secretive elite squad was formed to apprehend the "Preacher Crew."

The leader, Clarence "Preacher" Heatley allegedly cooperated with the F.B.I., snitching on his own crew!

The Preacher crew's chief lieutenant: Mr. John Cuff aka "Captain Jack Frost," pictured above in the background (is rumored to be the only man Preacher feared). Frost was sentenced to life plus 145 years after preacher's testimony.

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Black Kidnap & Murder Ring:

According to writer Ron Chepesiuk, Preacher Heatley (above, fourth photo) operated a crime syndicate for nearly 20 years (70's-90's) in New York.

Preacher was operating his kidnapping business in Harlem with ruthless efficiency. Drug dealers were reportedly paying Preacher $20,000 to $30,000 to be left alone. Authorities believe that the crew's kidnapping business was hauling in $1 million annually.

The "Preacher Crew," also served as an assassination squad for other Harlem gangsters. The crew picked up murder contracts in the drug trade for a standard fee of $5,000 per hit.

But once the crew fulfilled the contracts, it would turn on those who took out the contract. The contractors were weak, Preacher figured, because they had to rely on outsiders to do their dirty work.

Preacher recruited John Cuff (a former cop) to serve as his "Merchant Of Death." Cuff was known as "Big Cuz," on the streets and he became Preacher's right hand man. Cuff also acted as Preacher's bodyguard and driver.

Cuff allegedly loved his job. "He liked to kill people by strangling them."

Preacher ordered Cuff to lure Anthony (Malik) Boatwright, one of his top henchmen, to the basement of his apartment building. Preacher thought that Boatwright was becoming too big within his organization, a potential rival.

Boatwright was known as a janitor who cleaned up murder scenes after Preacher had someone tortured and killed.

Boatman came to Preacher's apartment in 1994, when suddenly, two of Preacher's men jumped him and proceeded to use a circular saw on him, dismembering him.

Preacher and his crew were natural born killers.

Preacher also kept his crew under strict control and some reports have compared his gang to a cult. He forbade his members from using drugs, fighting with each other, or stealing money from the crew.

Preacher's story is now available on DVD.


Former drug kingpin, Nicky Barnes reveals in his book, "Mr. Untouchable," on the morning of his drug arrest, the prosecutors claimed, dog sniffing dogs, "Prince" and "Duke," sniffed my vehicles in the garage and let out a distinctive bark, a sure sign that drugs had recently been in the trunk.

Then they claimed the dogs gave off that same bark as they sniffed my penthouse, indicating the lingering scent of heroin in my pad. Thus, the barking of Prince and Duke linked the apartment to the cars in the garage to the overall conspiracy.

To demonstrate the abilities of Prince and Duke, the prosecutors brought these different boxes to the courtroom and when the dogs approached the box that had narcotics, they let off a special bark. Seemed pretty convincing. But, now it was our turn.

My lawyer had the boxes cleared from the courtroom, then he brought in his own box with his own goods. When he put that box in front of Prince and Duke, the dogs went up the wall with it! But when my lawyer lifted out the goods from inside? It was aspirin.

Case dismissed!

I laughed so hard, I just had to go to the bathroom to relieve myself. The two cops taking a piss weren't too happy. They just looked at me with scorn as I washed my hands.

"Hmm," I said, "there's no more paper towels. I need a handkerchief." I reached into my right suit pocket and pulled out a roll of hundreds. "Nope, that's not a handkerchief." Then I looked in my left pocket and pulled out another roll of hundreds. "Nope. That's not a handkerchief either.


Drug lord Nicky Barnes reveals in his book, “Mr. Untouchable,” “When I was on top of my game, everyone wanted a piece of me.  People said the song, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” was based on me.  Every time I walked into a bar, someone would play that song on the jukebox and the crowd would part as patrons stared at me. 

Fame had its ups and downs.  Got me front tables at the Copa.  When I was locked up, my top lietuenents put a million in cash in my stash house.  Life was good until I was informed that fellow kingpin Frank Lucas had put a hit out on me. 

Two years before my arrest, the Feds took down Lucas, king of the Country Boys, sending him away for life on narcotics conspiracy.  Given Frank’s little bullshit jealousies, I wouldn’t be surprised if he told his prison bitch, “Yeah, I’d like to knock that motherfucker Barnes off.”

If anyone was going to get hit, it was Lucas.  Because a few months after his bust, the Country Boys got swept up, too.  And the buzz on the wire was Frank flipped on them. Snitching on his brothers and cousins to get a lesser sentence.

Denzel Washington (pictured above) will portray Frank Lucas in the upcoming film, “American Gangster," also starring, Russell Crowe.


We are receiving reports that Russian mobsters seem to have a fascination for gorgeous black women and are often seen in the company of black women. The Russian Mafia is the most ruthless of all mafia families. If there is a disagreement or retaliation in business dealings, allegedly, they will not hesitate to take your entire family out, including your friends.


As we stated in the short story Original Gangstas, Madame Stephanie St. Clair (first photo) was responsible for bringing the numbers (policy) racket to the United States in the 1920's.

St. Clair was a black French woman from Martinique. In 1922, St. Clair took $10,000 of her own money and opened up a numbers bank in Harlem. She became known as Queenie throughout Harlem.

Queenie recruited blacks to support her and her growing numbers game.

Within a year, she was worth more than $500,000 dollars with more than 40 runners and 10 comptrollers in charge.

For a short time, St. Clair was the wealthiest black woman in America. It was unheard of for a black woman to have this type of money, especially in the 1920's, when the racial climate was extremely violent. The following year, St. Clair's wealth surpassed $1 million.

Gangster Dutch Schultz sent two hit men after St. Clair, he wanted to take over her operation; she escaped assassination by hiding under her bed.

St. Clair may have brought the numbers game to New York but Casper Holstein (second photo) refined it and organized it.

Holstein worked as a janitor at an investment firm, while mopping, he would often observe how business was run. He would eventually cultivate an interest in the stock market and began studying the system and its numbers. One day, he sat in a closet, studying clearance house totals, surrounded by mops and brooms, Holstein came up with a way to organize and fine tune St. Clair's operation. He quit his job.

Holstein would run the administrative end of St. Clair's business, similar to a Wall Street firm.

Holstein would eventually branch out to head his own numbers operation. He would become known as the "Bolito King." Soon, he became the richest black man in the country, grossing $12,000 per day. He was not selfish with his wealth, he became a humanitarian and a philanthropist by building dormitories at black colleges, donating money to black causes; supporting a Baptist school in Liberia and Harlem's poor children. He also contributing to black artists, publications and hurricane relief funds. At the time of his death, Casper Holstein was worth over $2 million dollars.

Much is not known regarding St. Clair's death.

The mob eventually muscled their way into the lucrative numbers racket, leaving numerous dead bodies in their wake.

*To read part two of this story and the eventual organization of the black underworld (Nicky Barnes, Frank Matthews, etc.) click on the following link, Original Gangstas


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'The first time a wealthy African-American was kidnapped and held for ransom'

Stephanie "Queenie" St. Clair may have brought the numbers racket to the United States but Casper Holstein (above) refined it and modernized it. Holstein was the wealthiest numbers banker in Harlem in the 1920's. Within a few years, he earned an estimated $2 million dollars from his operation.

Holstein's style and appearance inspired confidence, he looked like a conservative banker. He always wore expensive tailored suits with a fedora and designer shoes. He was also a bachelor and despite being Black in the 1920's, Holstein wined and dined Senators and Congressmen. He was a disciplinarian who never smoked, drank or chased women. Holstein was chauffeured in a Lincoln Sedan and was often seen at the racetrack where he placed sizable bets. He also owned three of the best apartment buildings in Harlem, a fleet of expensive cars, a home on Long Island and several thousand acres of Virginia farmland. Holstein also ran a social club called the "Turf Club."

On September 28, 1928, a bizarre event changed his life forever. A little after midnight, Holstein left the Turf Club and was chauffeured in his new Lincoln sedan to a home of an acquaintance. When he arrived, as he was crossing the street, suddenly, a automobile pulled up and several white men with guns jumped out. The men pretended to be cops. "We want you to come to headquarters." Suddenly, Holstein was viciously hit across of the head with a butt of a gun. He was then gagged and bound. Over the next few days, he was asked a variety of questions regarding the numbers rackets before he was eventually released.

The kidnappers called associates of Holstein demanding a ransom but this was more of a smokescreen than anything else, they never followed through and had no interest in actually collecting a ransom.

People speculated, "Italian mobsters, racketeers and bootleggers were planning to expand their operations and had their enforcers hold Holstein hostage for information before releasing him."


In 1962, Frank Lee Morris (2nd photo) and two brothers, Clarence (3rd photo) and John Anglin (4th photo), all convicted of bank robbery, escaped from the notorious island prison in San Francisco Bay renowned for its high level of security.

At least 100 armed troops joined the military police in their hunt for the three convicts who are wearing blue prison uniform. Police have warned members of the public not to approach the men.

Alcatraz Island is only a mile from the mainland. But the waters of San Francisco Bay are treacherous and very cold and should the escapees fall in, there is little chance of survival.

Frank Lee Morris, Clarence and John Anglin were never recaptured and opinion is divided as to whether they succeeded in their escape, were drowned or eaten by sharks.

At the time, this was called the greatest prison break in history. What few people know is: "Harlem Godfather," Bumpy Johnson (1st photo) helped with the escape plot.

Johnson was serving time in Alcatraz during the escape and according to author Don Nevi, who wrote the book, "Successful Escape From Alcatraz," a source told him that Bumpy Johnson was the only inmate in the prison with strong enough connections to help with the escape.

Source: "Harlem Godfather," by Mayme Johnson & Karen E. Quinones Miller


Before Guy Fisher (a member of Nicky Barnes' crew got pinched for a year bid) he had purchased a Bronx garage. A solid investment because if one of them got caught with drugs in the car, they could plead ignorance in court-I don't know who the car belongs to, I was just working on it.

Once Guy went away to prison, the place became the unofficial headquarters of the Nicky Barnes' crew.

Nicky had a big problem with Wally Fisher (Guy's little brother) messing up the engine of his Citroen sports car.

Wally presented himself as a street hustler but Barnes didn't trust him one bit. Barnes' said, "If you dropped a dollar out of your pocket, he'd take it."

One time, Wally greeted Barnes with, "Yo Nick, how's business?" Barnes said, "Mr. Barnes to you motherfucker."

Barnes had a bad feeling about Wally and didn't like him one bit even if he was Guy's little brother. He was a scrawnier version of Guy and he seemed to think he had the same access to Barnes that his brother did. Always talking too much about the wrong things out in the open and asking about things he shouldn't.

While Guy was in jail, someone broke into his apartment and stole his drug stash before it could be moved for safe keeping. All of the evidence pointed to Guy's brother, Wally.

Barnes had many reasons for putting a hit out on Wally. Barnes said, "Behind the dumb grin lay a treacherous, untrustworthy motherfucker."

Barnes would later find out that Wally also had something to do with his arrest up in the Bronx.

But he couldn't kill Guy's brother because it went against the rules of the seven member "Council." Family members of Council members couldn't be targeted for murder.

Barnes adds, "By not putting a contract out on Wally, right then I made my biggest mistake. With the power of death over Wally Fisher, I chose to give him life."

Source: "Mr. Untouchable," by Nicky Barnes


People are wondering, will the upcoming film, "American Gangster," starring Denzel Washington stay true to form by featuring Willie Mays stepdaughter (Billie) as drug kingpin's Frank Lucas' alleged mistress?

During the 70's, the very beautiful Billie Mays was a jet-set globe trotting playgirl who was allegedly involved with some of the richest black men of her day. She was often seen in furs stepping out of limos or private jets.

Lucas stole her away from NBA legend, "Walt "Clyde" Frazier pictured above. Frazier got the nickname Clyde for dressing like Clyde from "Bonnie & Clyde" fame. Frazier favored pin-stripped suits and fedoras. He also had a passion for Rolls Royce's.

Despite being married, Lucas lavished expensive gifts on Billie Mays, including a $140,000 Van Cleef diamond bracelet.


"The Mack" began as a script entitled "Black Is Beautiful" which was written by a Black guy and based on his own life. Producer Harvey Bernhard didn't like that title and changed it to "The Mack." Bernhard met an actor named Max Julien and decided he was perfect for the script which Julien rewrote with his friend Richard Pryor whom he'd met doing stand up in New York.

"The Mack" was the first feature film directed by Michael Campus.

Before filming began in Oakland, California, Campus was savvy enough to involve Frank Ward, the local Crime Boss, in the production (The film is dedicated to Ward, who was killed before it's completion).

Bumpy Johnson may have been the "Black Godfather," on the East Coast but Frank Ward was the "Black Godfather," on the West Coast.

Once Ward put his seal of approval on "The Mack" the crew had access to locations the likes of which had never been seen by white people before.

During filming the Ward Brothers were major criminals in Oakland, and partnering with them gave the film an authenticity that grounds it.

Although the filmmakers had the Ward Brothers' assistance, they didn't get the same respect from the Black Panthers — leading to some disrupted shooting days.

Ward and his brother drove gold plated Caddy's and had a stable of over 100 hookers working for them. They invested in real estate and housed their women in their apartment complexes. They also taught the women how to steal from big department stores.

The Ward Brothers also employed a top law firm to keep them out of trouble.

Frank Ward was so charismatic and good looking (pretty boy Creole) that he allegedly had a serious relationship with actress Carol Speed who starred in "The Mack."

Ward's "main woman" was visiting relatives in Los Angeles when she heard a murder contract had been taken out on Ward's life. She rushed back to the bay area to warn him. She was in his Rolls Royce talking to him (in Berkeley) when someone ambushed them, killing them. After the funeral, Frank's brother quickly returned to New Orleans and was never seen or heard from again.

To read more about the Ward brothers, click on the following link: Kingpins


As we reported in the past: Alpo, Rich and AZ headed one of the most ruthless and successful drug cartels in history. And, all three young men were under the age of 18. Alpo (above) was the first black man in this country to purchase a Lamborghini. Their story was portrayed in the film, "Paid In Full."

The trio loved to race Porsche 944's up and down 7th Avenue at 3:00 when they weren't holding court on a rooftop roller skating rink on 151st street. They also hosted lavish yacht parties on New York harbor where they would knock back cases of champagne.

Unlike Alpo, AZ kept a low profile and refused to conduct business with outsiders. He was quoted as saying, "Your only friends are your money, your gun and your girl!"

Alpo would later be convicted and serve time for killing Rich Porter but he also had ongoing friction with his other drug partner, AZ.

AZ believed that Alpo stole $35,000 from his house during a Christmas party in 1986.

When Rich Porter's little brother (Darnell was kidnapped and later killed). It was determined that Darnell's Uncle John was involved in the kidnapping.

John had approached Preacher Heatley (featured yesterday in Black Underworld) to see if he could help him do the kidnapping. Preacher agreed to help and sent Malik Boatwight (who he later murdered) to assist John.

Alpo's story will be featured in a upcoming DVD, pictured above, due out in the next few months.

It's rumored that he's currently in the Witness Protection Program. Hopefully, the DVD will shed light on that.  To read more about Alpo, click on the following link: Teenage Kingpins - Panache Report

Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk


Odessa Madre (above with her lawyer) was a Washington, D.C. black mob queen from the 1940's to the mid 1980's.

Madre was involved in bookmaking, drug trafficking, numbers running and prostitution (Madam). She was often seen around town in a Cadillac or being chauffeured in an expensive car, decked out in one of her mink coats and she was the proprietor of five thriving brothels.

Her career spanned nearly 50 years. This woman was so powerful, when two white policemen refused her payoffs, they were demoted and reassigned.

In the 40's, Madre earned a staggering $100,000 per year. She was also very generous and colorful.

She was so regarded for her wealth, that she was the only African-American allowed to shop in major segregated department stores.

She also owned a club (Club Madre) where Nat King Cole, Count Basie and Moms Mabley performed.

Madre was also known for her high end parties, where bowls of cocaine and other drugs were on open display.

Madre would become a major figure in organized crime and rumors continue to persist that Madre was also a lesbian.

Odessa Madre would die of kidney failure in 1990.

Sources: Courtland Milloy & Steve Gibson

"The Black Mafia," is one of the bloodiest crime syndicates in modern US history. From its roots in Philadelphia's ghettos in the 1960's, it grew to become a disciplined, ruthless organization based on fear and intimidation. Also known as, "Black Brothers, Inc." it held regular, minuted meetings, appointed investigators, treasurers and enforcers and controlled drug dealing, loan sharking, numbers rackets, armed robbery and extortion. Sam Christian was the founder and the most feared man on Philly's streets. Source: Sean Patrick Griffin.

We profiled former drug kingpin Freddie Myers a few months ago. We currently received additional information, as follows: Allegedly, when Myers did a 24-year stint for drug trafficking, one of his women had an affair with his underboss. Also, through the 1970s and '80s, Freddie Myers, aka NY Freddie, was the king of heroin in Harlem. Taking in as much as $9 million per week in heroin sales, Myers used his intelligence and Mafia connections to revolutionize the way the drug game was played. More information on Freddie Myers will follow, next week.


Calvin Klein along with his friends tell his true life story (in the above film) of how they controlled the most murderous neighborhoods in Brooklyn. He is said to be responsible for launching Jay Z's Career and currently manages Akon. Find out about his drug wars, robberies, and murders that got him locked up for 14 years in a federal prison. This DVD features Calvin Klein telling all, as well as Akon, Jimmy Henchman, Pee Wee Kirkland, and a host of other street legends discussing the true life of a Brooklyn Don.

This story is based on true life situations dealing with real street life pertaining to drug wars, robbery, death and incarceration. After being released from federal prison after serving 14 years, Calvin Klein is home to tell his story.

In Brooklyn during the '80s and early '90s, one of the main names ringing out in the streets was Calvin "Klein" Bacote's. He's the guy Jay-Z is talking about in "Allure" when he raps, "I never felt more alive/ Than ridin' shotgun in Klein's green five."

Klein was recently released from a federal correctional facility after serving 13 years on drug charges, and one of his first steps in turning his life around was fulfilling his goal to enter the music business. He recently worked with DJ Clark Kent to put out the mixtape Streets Is Talking Volume One.

Klein has started his own label, Shut Em Down Entertainment, for which he currently has a roster of four MCs — including rappers Natural and St. Laz — and is seeking distribution. "I'm into hip-hop obviously, but I kind of like digging into the R&B and reggae," he said. "I'm open to music, period. I grew up in a family of music."

While growing up, Klein not only ran across a young Shawn Carter, he also rubbed shoulders with other icons.

"The original 50 Cent from Brooklyn, God bless the dead," Klein said, when asked who gave him his street moniker. "We would just hang out on the streets, and I used to wear a lot of Calvin Klein as far as attire — jeans, shirts, and stuff like that. My [real first] name is Calvin, and being that I wore Klein's a lot, you just attach that on the back of my name. I didn't really like the name, but it stuck at some point. It is what it is."

Klein said he hears the reality of his life in much of today's hip-hop, even from MCs who haven't been through what he's been through.

"Most of those guys have seen so many things that you can't live out most of these things rappers talk about," he said. "They living it out through the life they saw in their neighborhood. That's just like having your way of your freedom of speech. I don't knock them. If they don't tell our story the way the story supposed to be told, then no one is going to know where we are really coming from."


Frank Lucas (American Gangster) gave his assessment of Pee Wee Kirkland: "Pee Wee handled whatever he did well. He was a superstar. That's all I can tell you."

Coming Attraction:

Former Harlem drug kingpin, Pee Wee Kirkland was once one of the feared players in the game. He was also known as "The Bank Of Harlem," and he was an out-of-the-stratosphere talent on the basketball court (drafted by the Chicago Bulls) but he chose to embrace the gangsta lifestyle instead of the NBA.

Pee Wee grew up on the Harlem streets, hustling and gambling before he reached teenhood. He was also an expert crap shooter.

Kirkland told F.E.D.S. magazine that a Jewish friend taught him the antique and luxury car business. He learned how to invest his illegal earnings well.

Through his "Bank Of Harlem," he would lend people $100,000 and in thirty days get back $150,000 dollars. Kirkland also learned the business of money laundering and how to hide his money offshore so the law couldn't find it. Eventually, he entered the diamond business and became the only African-American in Harlem to own a jewelry store.

During his drug dealing years, he had more money than he knew what to do with and the lifestyle it gave made him a prominent figure in Harlem. A stylish dresser, he drove a Rolls Royce often crowded with beautiful women and he wore a $373,000 king's crown engraved with Pee Wee and a $70,000 tie monogrammed with PK. One pinky right had a 15-carat marquis-cut diamond and the other, a 17-carat emerald.

He also chartered buses to take friends to parties at his 26-room Long Island mansion.

Read more about Pee Wee in our September edition.

Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk.

Thomas 15X:

Thomas 15X Johnson was one of the convicted assassins of Malcolm X. Both Johnson and Talmadge Hayer, the only assassin who was apprehended at the scene and confessed, claimed that Johnson was innocent of the crime. Hayer further proclaimed Johnson's innocence in two affidavits. Johnson now goes by the name of Khalil Islam and was paroled from prison in 1987. Since his release, he has kept a very low profile.

Freddie Myers:

The day authorities arrested NY drug kingpin, Freddie Myers at his mansion. Allegedly, in the master bedroom, Myers kept it gangsta and had a loaded shotgun on his side of the bed and his wife had a loaded shotgun on her side of the bed.

After authorities stormed the house, they demanded to know where the safe was. Myers led them to the safe which contained $2.4 million dollars in cash. Money he considered, his getaway stash.

According to Myers, when the case went to court, allegedly, the authorities presented only $1.2 million dollars in cash (evidence).

At his peak, Myers generated $9 million dollars a week in drug proceeds.

Suge Knight is still considered the most feared man in the music industry "BUT" there is another man who is just as feared. His name is Michael Concepcion (no photo available) and the grounds of his luxurious estate is on par with the "Playboy Mansion." Michael, a former gang icon, would make his fortune in the music industry.

Jerry Heller makes the following allegations in his book, "Ruthless."

"Early in 1990, I received a call from Michael Concepcion. Michael is one of the founders of "The Crips." He's considered the creator of the gang.

Tookie Williams was jumped into the Crips under Concepcion's sponsorship.

A bullet that severed Concepcion's spine confined him to a wheelchair."

The first time I ever met Michael was during one of N.W.A.'s Anaheim shows. I got a frantic walkie-talkie call from one of our security guys who said, 'we got trouble at the door.' According to him, Michael showed up at the concert with an entourage but without tickets.

We had to be very careful about mixing Bloods and Crips at the L.A. shows back then.

I invited Michael to be my guest the following night and I arranged for him to meet me the next evening in the alleyway behind the venue, and he pulled up in a couple of big SUV's with a half-dozen homies inside. A tall skinny guy carried him piggyback and another guy handled his wheelchair.

The effect of Concepcion entering the green room with me recalled the Red Sea parting. Everybody in the backstage area immediately retreated to the opposite side of the room. They all know who Concepcion was."

When he telephoned in 1990, his favor set him apart. He wanted to broker a peace deal between the sets.

He said, "I'm putting together a song, titled, "We Are In The Same Gang."

I was able to acquire sponsorship from Reebok.

The album went platinum and cut the gang related homicides in half.

Reebok, which was in financial difficulties due to bad overseas investments, saw its popularity skyrocket. It's not a stretch to say "We're All In The Same Gang," saved the Reebok corporation.


Original Gangsta and drug kingpin-Frank Matthews, built strategic alliances that helped keep the violence associated with the drug trade in check. But, it was not all smooth sailing for him. In Philadelphia he had to deal with the growing and ultra-violent "Black Mafia."

Twenty-four-year old, Tyrone "Fat" Palmer, Matthews' main supplier in the city, made the big mistake of handling a drug deal that went bad and then not reimbursing Black Mafia godfathers for their loss.

Rumors swirled that the "Black Mafia," had put out a murder contract on Palmer. On March 2, 1971, Palmer was enjoying himself at a Harlem club, a popular venue that held 800 people and featured such performers as Sammy Davis, Jr., Billy Paul, Sarah Vaughn and B.B. King.

As Palmer sat near the stage surrounded by a crowd of young women, several shots rang out. When the shooting stopped, Palmer lay dead and twenty others were wounded.

Matthews realized Philadelphia's Black Mafia (PBM) was sending him a message. Give us a kickback for operating in our territory or face the consequences. PMB killed three more of Matthews' lieutenants as it took control of its own turf.

The Black Mafia's move determined the drug trade's future in the United States. They influenced other black crime syndicates to take control over their own neighborhoods as the power of La Costa Nostra waned.

Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk


Former drug lord, Frank Lucas (above, left) established a heroin distribution route that allowed him to bypass the Italian mob. He purchased his supply from Southeast Asia's famed drug production center, the "Golden Triangle." Lucas' connection was allegedly Ike Atkinson, considered the biggest drug trafficker ever to operate out of Southeast Asia.

Atkinson organized a close-knit band of black army buddies and associates which became known as the "Black Masonic Club." The club ran a string of gambling houses in West Germany and Madrid, Spain. It then branched out into Black Market profiteering in gas, stolen cigarettes and PX rations.

In the 1960's, Atkinson saw an opportunity to move into heroin trafficking. Atkinson and other club members would lure young GI's into card games, getting them to owe thousands of dollars. Club members would say to the GI's, 'do us a favor and carry a bag back to the US and we will forget about the money you owe us.' The Atkinson network paid their heroin sources of supply about $4,000 a kilo. Then they cut it four ways and sold it to drug distributors in the United States for $25,000 a quarter or a profit of $96,000.

Atkinson had the brilliance and leadership skills to organize a dynamic network.

The network allegedly helped Lucas transport drugs via coffins carrying the bodies of dead GI's to the US. They used false bottoms of coffins to transport the heroin from Bangkok. They were able to carry ten to twenty keys in each coffin.

Atkinson was eventually busted and is serving a 44-year sentence.

Source: "Gangsters Of Harlem," by Ron Chepesiuk. Photo Credit: Michael Solomon and Page Six Magazine.


Former New York gangsta Pee Wee Kirkland (third photo) describes Nicky "Mr. Untouchable," Barnes (first photo) as the biggest snitch New York has ever seen," explaining, "All the gangstas that were under Nick were strong. None of them were weak. Nick turned out to be the weak one. Man, he destroyed a lot of people's lives." Kirkland laments that no one today supports the unwritten law of the streets, "Death Before Dishonor" and that "there are no codes, no principals, and no rules."

When F.E.D.S. magazine asked former kingpin, Guy Fisher (center), "How many guys did Barnes tell on? Was it over a hundred?" Fisher replied, "I don't know if it was that many but he told on guys in the joint and told whatever he could think of. I can go to jail or walk down my block without hiding my face. Nicky has to leave out the back room or sneak around wherever he goes. It's a big difference because your manhood doesn't have a price on it."

Fisher was ratted out by Barnes and was given a life sentence plus 53 years.

Former drug lord Frank Lucas (American Gangster) and Nicky Barnes have something in common. They are both buried deep within the "Witness Protection Program."

Source: Ron Chepesiuk

Coming Attraction:

In the near future, we will present excerpts from the above book, "Married To The Game."

This book is based on the life experiences of Lydia Harris, above, wife of convicted drug kingpin Michael “Harry O” Harris and mother of his daughter. It is a tale of love, loyalty, deceit and betrayal. It will also highlight her unwavering loyalty to her husband and the music industry. "Harry O," pushed major weight in Los Angeles and was the Kingpin to Black Hollywood. Allegations persist that he funded the launching of "Death Row" records with drug proceeds.

Lydia is known as the "Boss Lady." She released the very successful "Welcome To Death Row," through her production company, "Dream On Productions."

Lydia doesn't hesitate to drop names or dates and vividly describes everything that went on in great detail.

In June 2006, Michael "Harry O" Harris filed for divorce from Lydia, after learning that his wife allegedly attempted to hammer out a lesser settlement ($1 million dollars) with Suge Knight on the sly.

Stay Tuned....

We've been informed that 'one' female was arrested in connection with the "Black Mafia" indictments that were handed down last month. She was a high-ranking soldier in the organization and she was from West Virginia.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In 2005, Federal agents seized more than 60 exotic cars from an Orlando dealership on suspicion they were used to transport cocaine and cash throughout the country for the Black Family Mafia (not to be confused with the Black Mafia Family) criminal organization, according to a Local 6 News report.

Authorities said eight people, including three from Central Florida, were arrested this week after an extensive investigation. All eight arrested were believed to be members of BFM or Black Family Mafia -- a Detroit-based criminal organization that allegedly dabbles in drugs as well as a rap music record label, Local 6 News reporter Mike DeForest said.

"It is a national organization from Los Angeles to Detroit to Orlando and up and down the eastern seaboard," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Stephen Collins said.

Authorities believe Orlando businessman Marc Whaley oversaw the alleged smuggling operation from his two businesses on Old Winter Garden and Lee roads in Orlando, according to a federal indictment.

Doren Fiddler and Ezra Haynes were also arrested in Central Florida with Whaley. Fiddler and Haynes are suspected of being deliverymen in the nationwide operation.

"Mr. Fiddler and Mr. Haynes made trips for Orlando to Georgia transporting large amounts of cash which were believed to be the proceeds of drug activity," U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Carolyn Adams said.

The men apparently drove exotic cars in Central Florida to transport the cash and drugs, police said.

"Some (cars) were even so sophisticated as to have cameras in the rear of the car and a screen in the front to see who was following them," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Stephen Collins said.

Authorities have recovered more than $10 million in cash and assets and about 100 kilos of cocaine since beginning the operation.

"This investigation clearly impacts not only our region but many regions throughout the nation," Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said.

Agents said they stumbled on the organization when they found a recreational vehicle in St. Louis that contained cocaine. The RV was registered to Whaley in Orlando.

Walter "King Tut," Johnson (no photo available) is now currently serving a life sentence in Jonesville , Va and he confirms to "King," "New York Magazine," and "Newsweek," that he is at the center of a renewed investigation by the U.S ATTORNEY’s office in New York regarding the shooting as well as slaying of Tupac Shakur. Johnson says that in the spring of 2005, he was moved by the Feds from Jonesville prison to the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in downtown Manhattan next to a cell containing Jacques 'Haitian Jack' Agnant for intense questioning.

Johnson says that in spite of that he is working with Tupac’s father, Mutulu Shakur and Shakur’s private investigator Watani Tyehembia in their own investigation of the murder of Tupac Shakur, Tyehembia confirms that Tut has cooperated.

King Tut isn’t surprised why many of Tupac’s fans are wary of his motives in helping to solve the murder of Tupac, 'I can understand why Pac fans would not like me and I respect their loyalty to him'…'But I want them to know I definitely had nothing to with his attempted murder nor his assassination, it is very important that they know that this situation is MORE COMPLICATED THAN THEY WOULD EVER BELIEVE, if you look at this case you will find numerous lies , inconsistencies and more importantly cover-ups and smoke screens!'

'If i’m wrong prosecute me to the fullest degree, but if I’m innocent let me go, even though i was a bad guy in my younger years, i didn't do this, and i don't deserve to be here for this!'"-

According to our friends at "KING," magazine, Walter Johnson was a stick up kid, and the alleged shooter of Tupac (outside Quad Studios). Tut was born in Brooklyn -under humble conditions. During the mid 70’s, Johnson and his friends attended hip hop block parties uptown , by the dawn of the 80’s, Johnson was drawn to the sinister side of the streets.

During this time period of the pre-Guliani era, one could easily earn his stripes on the street by arming himself with a pistol and wearing a ski-mask. It was this part of street life, which Johnson relished as he committed strings of armed robberies and various street heists with ease. Johnson’s rep became cemented in stone in 1979, when he was picked up on a charge relating to a sting of unsolved robberies.

On August 8, 1983, Tut robbed 6 passengers on a Queens to Brooklyn bus; a week later the hold up of a subway car full of passengers in downtown Brooklyn was attributed to Tut as well, and little more than a month later, on Sept 12th, he executed the robbery of more than 300 members of a Jehovah Witness Hall. Yet in spite of his healthy criminal spree, Tut virtually remained “untouched” with the exception for a 2-6 year jail sentence , in which he would eventually be paroled after just 3 years.

But in January or 1993, Tut’s luck with the law would come into an abrupt end. At a Brooklyn barbershop, King Tut shot a plainclothes officer in full crowd view with Tut’s five year old son accompanying him, the officer named Richard Aviles was partially paralyzed from the waist down, Johnson says that him and his son was ambushed by Aviles without provocation and never identified himself as a cop.

Once Tupac Shakur fingerpointed King Tut and Brooklyn based manager Jimmy Rosemond in his shooting at Quad, Johnson became a certified suspect. Johnson says “Pac fingered me in the shooting, based on what people told Pac, Johnson refuses to reveal whom, all he says is that people on Rikers and the streets said it was “Tut from Cypress.” The notion that Tut was the triggerman made perfect sense to Tupac , because of an East Coast cabal consisting of Puffy, Haitian Jack, Biggie and Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond seemed capable of conducting the attack. “Because of my association with Puff Combs and Bad Boy," Johnson says. For his part Henchmen denies any involvement.

When Shakur was later murdered in 1996, Tut’s name came up once again, he became a logical suspect which led to that fateful day that the marshals picked him up in a Brooklyn courtroom. Not able to present any credible evidence of Tut’s involvement in Tupac’s shooting as well as murder, the Feds alleged that he had committed three robberies back to back in 1996 against the girlfriend of a Brooklyn dope kingpin.

King Tut was sentenced under the third strike law and is currently serving a life sentence in prison.

Source: 'King Magazine'

We have received unfounded information that one of Stanley "Tookie" Williams (Crips co-founder) son's was allegedly arrested or convicted of murdering an "OG."


Rewind: Award winning journalist, Mara Shalhoup reports the following: While BMF – an early version of The Sin City Mafia – arrived in Atlanta in the '90s by way of Detroit, Sin City came up out of Phenix City, Ala., just across the Georgia line. Its alleged leader, Jerry "J-Rock" Davis, (above) is believed to have moved an amount of cocaine on par with the Flenory brothers (BMF), meaning tens of thousands of kilos in less than a decade.

While BMF was referred to in the Sin City camp as "the other side," members of the two crews appeared to be tight. Davis' wife was believed to have laundered money for BMF, and both crews are alleged to have worked together to move drugs across the country. Members of BMF and Sin City hung out at the same houses, including a storied party pad in Dunwoody. The Flenory brothers' father, Charles, or "Pops," helped Davis with some renovation work at his Westside recording studio, Platinum Recordings. And in May 2005, when a high-ranking BMF member found himself surrounded by federal marshals, he made a distress call to Sin City's Davis. Investigators believe Davis responded by sending someone to fire on the marshals gathered outside the house where the BMF member was being apprehended.

Davis also worked closely with ATL Kingpins Tremayne Graham and Scott King.

Update: Jerry Davis, Tremayne Graham and Scott King were eventually apprehended and pleaded guilty. At their sentencing trial, evidence showed that Davis, Graham, King and Gloster (Davis' wife) lived lavish lifestyles and laundered the proceeds of their drug business in a number of ways. Davis, in particular, owned several million dollar residences titled in the names of his family members and associates.

Judge Herlong noted that the drug enterprise headed by Davis and Graham was among the largest and most significant drug organizations that he had encountered during his career on the federal bench.

Jerry Davis was sentenced to 39 years in prison. Tremayne Graham was sentenced to life without parole. Scott King was sentenced to 24 years and 8 months and Gloster Davis was sentenced to two years.


Jacques Agnant, aka "Haitian Jack," (first photo) is a Harlem based music manager as well as an famous gangsta who has aligned himself with a lot of people and is very feared on the streets. "He wasn't afraid to run up on anyone." According to Derrick Parker (Hip-Hop Cop) Jack told him, "My thing is robbing drug dealers because they aren't going to call the police." Also, Jack allegedly took merchandise by force from a Los Angeles jeweler.

Haitian Jack was also flamboyant, adorning himself with gold chains and furs and always driving the finest Mercedes sedans. Jack flaunted his close relationships with rappers like Tupac, hit all the celebrity parties and was reputed to be friendly with Madonna. Parker says, "Jack's music biz contacts and activities (he's also managed various rappers at times) give him an additional outlet for his criminal pursuits."

Parker adds, "Jack continues his one-man assault right up to today: He allegedly shot a patron at a Los Angeles nightclub. Jack was also rumored to have stepped to Jay-Z and tried to pin the rapper against a wall until others intervened. Jack thought Jay had disrespected him earlier."


Common has teamed with directorial team Coodie and Chike to narrate their first motion picture on former Gangster Disciple Harold "Noonie" Ward.

"Gangster With A Heart Of Gold: The Noonie G Story," is narrated by Kanye West and hip-hop artist Common, and captures Chicago's Harold 'Noonie' Ward`s gangster past and fascinating ascendance into Chicago entertainment, business and politics.

Noonie is a former high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, reported to be the largest criminal organization in the United States and affiliated with well known gangster Larry Hoover. Today, Noonie is now one of Chicago's most respected businessmen.


Michael "Harry O" Harris (above left) dominated the Los Angeles drug scene in the 1980's. He was known as the premiere black drug kingpin in Hollywood. Harris continues to insist-he put up $1.5 million in 1991 (while incarcerated for 26 years on drug offenses) to finance Death Row Records.

Company CEO Suge Knight denies his claims but Harris says, Knight cut a deal with Interscope Records, which left him out in the cold, he still feels betrayed. Harris feels he's entitled to half the label's profits. Since then, lawsuits have been flying back and forth between Harris, his ex-wife Lydia (above, center) and Suge Knight.

Lydia would win a substantial judgment against Knight but she also admits she did accept a lower payment of $1 million dollars recently.


The "Jamaican Shower Posse," above, is a black crime syndicate responsible for global cocaine trafficking and over 1,400 murders. This infamous drug cartel was headed up by two elusive masterminds, Lester Coke (1st photo) and Vivian Blake, (2nd photo).  The "Jamaican Shower Posse," netted nearly $100 million per year in drug profits.


Lester Coke, (1st top photo) was the founder of the notorious "Shower Posse," and is believed to have been responsible for 68 murders. His high-ranking connections kept him out of jail and key witnesses were known to disappear. When Coke was in the process of being extradited to the U.S. he was mysteriously burned to death in a suspicious fire.

Vivian Black (2nd top photo) is the co-founder of the "Shower Posse." He is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 1,400 people. Black was indicted on racketeering, murder and drug smuggling. Blake escaped a dragnet by boarding a cruise ship to Miami. He fought extradition to the U.S. for five years. In 1998, he was handed over to DEA agents. Blake received a 28 year sentence but after a plea deal he returned to Jamaica and organized a second drug ring.

Richard Morrison (3rd top photo) was a high ranking aide in the Shower Posse. He was convicted of murder, drug, smuggling and weapons charges. He was sentenced to 30 years to life in a Federal prison.

Mark Anthony Coke (4th top photo) was the oldest son of founder Lester Coke. He rose to prominence after the death of his father but he made a lot of enemies and paid with his life. Unidentified gunmen riddled him with bullets. The case remains unsolved.

Maxwell Bogle (5th top photo) was an enforcer for the cartel. He was considered vicious and was known to kidnap family members (mostly children). He allegedly raped them until a drug debt was paid. Bogle was apprehended, convicted and sentenced to 68 years to life. In 2001, Bogle was listed as one of the world's most dangerous men.

Ryfcogle Bruce (6th top photo) was another enforcer for the gang. At a Shower Posse party in Miami in 1985, Bruce didn't like the music that DJ Peter Forgie was playing. With a Uzi in one hand and a pistol in the other, he sprayed the DJ with bullets, killing him. He was convicted and is now serving a life sentence.


Chicago has long been a haven for organized crime. Al Capone, Johnny Torrio and Sam Giancana-these names bring to mind the heyday of the notorious "outfit." But, every bit as intriguing and powerful as these white gangsters were the Windy City's African-American mob bosses.

As early as 1906, illegal gambling was being spearheaded by the Black Gambling King of Chicago, "Mushmouth Johnson." This man is still a icon in Chicago and he is responsible for ushering in a century long era of underground gambling halls.

The "Vice Lords," another prominent gang, was ruled by convicted cop killer Willie Loyd (second photo). Loyd continued to run the gang while incarcerated and in August 2003, he was the target of an assassination attempt that left him paralyzed.

"Gang life is not anything to be glorified," said Loyd.

Willie Earl Loyd, who spent over half his life in state and federal penitentiaries, is now imprisoned by his own body. Loyd is the 55-year-old -- he says retired -- supreme chief of the almighty Vice Lord nation.

"That's right, the king ... the king of kings," Loyd said.

Loyd has been paralyzed from the neck down since August, 2003, when he was hit by four bullets fired by assassins in Garfield Park.

Before the shooting, Loyd says he quit the Vice Lords and become an outspoken critic of gang life. He believes his attackers included some of his former henchmen. "They felt I was threatening to their way of life," Loyd said. One man who claims he was shot 15 times in a related attack a few weeks after the Loyd shooting says he and other Vice Lords were prepared to go to war for their king.

"I would die for him, kill for him, rob for him, steal for him, go to jail for him," said the unnamed gang member. But Loyd would not give an order to retaliate. "I don't want to take control again. No, it ain't for Willie to take control no more," said Loyd.

Loyd's first prison term began in 1971 for his part in the murder of a police officer in Iowa. Paroled in 1986, a year later he was back behind bars in Illinois on a weapons conviction. Paroled again in 1992, two years later he was sentenced to federal prison on another gun violation. Loyd said that while an inmate, he led his gang on the outside using prison employees who are Vice Lords. "Gang members are guards," said Loyd.

"Did I ever give an order for someone to be killed? No," said Loyd. "If Willie want something done, I'd do it myself. That's how I became respected."

Despite a dire prognosis from his doctors, Loyd and his wife, Willa, are convinced he will walk again and will return to Chicago to continue his campaign against gangs. "There's no benefits to joining a gang. I seen myself as Dr. Frankenstein. The monster I created turned on me," Loyd said.

Chicago police never arrested or charged anyone for shooting Willie Loyd.

Loyd said he was never replaced as supreme chief and that the Vice Lords are now many small gangs operating independent of each other.

Sources: "Black Gangsters Of Chicago" by Ron Chepesiuk and Charles Thomas @


A cautionary tale about the life of former kingpin Azie Faison aka AZ, who has become the fabric of street legend.

Faison was a ninth grade dropout who earned more than $100,000 a week selling cocaine in Harlem, New York, during the peak of America's "War on Drugs" between 1983 and 1990. Faison, along with two partners (Alpo & Rich Porter), was an urban prince with cars, jewels, and people--in awe of this million dollar phenomenon--at his feet. His legacy has been praised by hip-hop's top names in their lyrics, and his life was the basis for the urban cult classic film "Paid in Full," starring Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, and rapper Cam'ron and produced by Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Films.

In the book "Game Over," Azie brings forth a powerful memoir of New York's perilous drug underworld and music industry, with an intellect and wisdom to empower and challenge the street culture he knows so very well.


With millions in cash, three teenagers ruled the streets of New York City until the streets hit back! On the crack filled streets of Harlem in the 1980's, only three names mattered: Rich Porter, AZ and Alpo, whose combined brains and ambition made them major players in the New York drug trade by the time they were teenagers.


The debut edition of "Faces Of," features an article with Fritz, under the headline "Harlem's Consignment King Of Cocaine." Interesting article, consignment kingpins supply dealers and suppliers with product on a regular basis. Fritz serviced the biggest drug lords in South America and on the East Coast.


Our friends at "Don Diva" have a really good article on Wayne Perry, above, third photo. He was the most feared drug enforcer on the East Coast.

Perry had the juice, when people saw him coming, they quickly crossed the street because his reputation proceeded him.

Perry worked mainly for the "Alpo" drug cartel.  He was Alpo's personal bodygurad/security chief.

On the streets of Washington, D.C. he was considered a freelance hit man who used various methods to allegedly kill and torture.

Other cartels and Italian crime families became impressed by Perry's reputation and reached out to him.

For more on Perry, pick up the above issue of "Don Diva."

Two new DVD's have been released on the "Black Mafia Family." Go behind the scenes to witness the ballin first hand. The parties, the women, the exotic cars and watch as the crew makes it rain in the strip clubs by tossing over $100,000 at the strippers.


Rapper Bleu DaVinci, BMF Entertainment's flagship artist, was indicted on Friday (October 8) for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The rapper (real name: Barima P. McKnight), along with five other men, who authorities have accused of multiple kilos of cocaine, starting around 2003, were officially named by a U.S. District Court judge in Atlanta who signed an order to officially unseal an indictment that had been filed in July.

According to Creative Loafing Atlanta, Bleu DaVinci is suspected of taking over the BMF Entertainment record label, which the Feds believe is a front for their cocaine trade, after alleged BMF co-leader Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory was indicted two years ago on cocaine conspiracy charges.

Source: Creative Loafing & Baller Status.


This Guerrilla-style-raw sequel documents Alberto "ALPO" Martinez, whose ambition, street smarts and business savvy made him-a 17-year old kingpin in the explosive 80's crack era. Nicknamed the unofficial mayor of Harlem, Alpo's flashy street personality and opulent lifestyle set trends that many rappers would later imitate. But players at the top-play rough, and greed made him commit deadly acts.

You've heard rappers like 50 Cent talk about them in numerous songs. They were on the cover of one of the best- selling F.E.D.S. Magazines. You heard bits and pieces of the real life drama on the street DVD Hood Vision. Now you get the full story of legendary drug kingpins Pretty Tony, Lance, and Todd Feurtado aka. "The King of Kings."

Up until 1995, when the government brought the to justice the Feurtado brothers ran a criminal enterprise which spread across 23 states trafficking marijuana, heroin & cocaine and grossing up to $15 million a week.

They influenced and/or launched the criminal careers of some of the countries most notorious drug kingpins including: Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, Lorenzo "Fat Cat" Nichols, Pappy Mason, George Wallace, Tommy Mickens, Gerald "Prince" Miller, and others.

As leaders of a gang in the early '70s named The Seven Crowns, they started out selling marijuana and then graduated to heroin and cocaine. They methodically launched, were suppliers for and/or influenced the criminal careers of some of this country's largest urban drug kingpins, including Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff (who is now serving time for gun possession and is the head of the notorious "Supreme Team"), Lorenzo "Fat Cat" Nichols (who is serving a life sentence for drugs and murder), "Pappy" Mason (who ordered the hit on New York City police officer Ed Byrnes), George "GW" Wallace (who is serving time for drugs and murder), Tommy Mickens (convicted of income tax evasion), Gerald "Prince" Miller, and a host of others. These individuals all had some association with The Seven Crowns and/or the Feurtado family.

How were these men able to fly under the radar of law enforcement agencies in the quiet Borough of Queens for so long? We will unravel this mystery in the The "King Of Kings," anti-drug documentary by interviewing the Feurtado brothers, their family members, former gang members, henchmen, bodyguards, drug dealers, hit men, celebrities, law enforcement officials, community residents, elected officials, and local business owners. In the end, you will be shocked when you learn how the Federal Government and local authorities crossed the line to finally bring them to justice.

This film will also show you have the Feurtados have turned their lives around since their release from prison by working with Hip-Hop impresario Russell Simmons, The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and other agencies to educate our youth about the dangers of drugs, as well as the draconian New York State Rockefeller and Federal drug laws.

At 28, Angelo Roberts, above, was one of the youngest Black crime chiefs to rule Chicago. Known as one of the gang capitals of the world, Chi-Town has a history of organized crime at all levels, small and large.

Through his leadership, Angelo and the "Four Corner Hustlers," would rise to power in the Windy City, eventually going on to be feared, loved and rivaled by other organizations in the city streets.

One of those organizations was the Chicago Police Department.

In this DVD (above) witness how this gang chief would wage all-out war, military style against the police, calling for a revolt against the police; no matter the outcome, he vowed to be the last man standing.

The above photo shows Angelo Roberts laying in his casket at his funeral.


Freddie (New York Freddie) Myers was the top black kingpin in New York during the 70's and early 80's. He would amass a $300 million dollar fortune. He was also known to buy out fur stores (racks of furs at one time). He also wore tailored Italian suits. His clothing bill came to $50,000 per day ($100,000 per day in today's dollars). In his documentary, Myers has photos of himself partying with Stevie Wonder and Muhammad Ali.

In order to move a lot of heroin. Myers used his Italian mob connections. He also flew French chemists to Italy to process raw opium into heroin.

One weekend, he decided to take a trip to Las Vegas to attend a championship fight. He sat down next to a well dressed black man who admired his $200,000 diamond crusted watch. The man inquired about buying the watch but Myers refused. The man would later introduce himself as Frank Matthews.

Frank Matthews was also a legendary drug kingpin in New York and law enforcement considers him one of the smartest kingpins who ever lived. He was also the only Black man involved in the French Connection pipeline.

When they arrived in Las Vegas, they realized they were both in town to see the fight and they were staying at the same hotel.

Matthews' limo transported them to the Sands and Myers was impressed that Matthews had rented two penthouse suites normally reserved for celebrities and high rollers. The suites were named "The Frank Sinatra Suite," and "The Sammy Davis, Jr.," suite.

They kept in touch after they returned to New York. Myers was astounded when he visited Matthews place of operation, "The Ponderosa." Matthews' informed him that his workers moved 85 kilos a day.

In 1972, Frank Matthews jumped bail with $400 million dollars and hasn't been seen since.

Freddie Myers was arrested in 1983 on drug charges and served 24 years. He was released from prison in 2007.



Lydia Harris ex-wife of drug kingpin Michael "Harry O" Harris makes the following allegations in her book, "Married To The Game."

When her former husband (drug kingpin and self proclaimed Death Row co-founder) Michael "Harry O" Harris was courting her. She says, "He made me feel like a queen." "One of his companies was a limo service, and the drivers treated my royally. Whenever I traveled from Texas to visit him in Los Angeles, Mike would take me to the most exclusive clubs and restaurants and on romantic limousine rides along the magnificent Pacific Coast Highway. It was a dream!"

"Few people know that Mike also ran successful businesses and he also owned several gorgeous custom-built homes in breathtaking environments and those were the places where he entertained his lady friends, including me."

"I remember Mike saying to me one time, "If I gave you $100,000 thousand dollars, would you have my baby? I want a son." And I said, "No, I couldn't have a baby for money. I'd want to raise my own child and the father and I would have to be married." And he said, "You wouldn't have my baby for a hundred grand? You'd be the perfect one to have my baby for me." But I said, "Well, I couldn't do it. Maybe you ought to give somebody else the hundred thousand dollars." He was serious about it."

Lydia adds, "Suge Knight has contempt and disregard for women that too many rappers are known for. He wants his women barefoot and pregnant or displayed like trophies to bolster his image."

"The terrifying result of my connection to my then husband (Mike) was that our enemies finally realized the only way to hurt him, the only way to shut him down, was to kill me, and many, many people were willing to carry out the intent. So my life has been infiltrated by true danger and death threats that I still have to cope with."

Before he was old enough to shave, “Little Melvin” Williams (Deacon on "The Wire) possessed a genius I.Q. and was a prodigy in the gambling haunts and alleyways along glittering Pennsylvania Avenue. When heroin addiction exploded in the 1960’s, Mafia drug traffickers sought out connections in big cities that were accustomed to dealing in large sums of cash and were smart enough to keep their mouths shut. In Baltimore - home to more heroin users than any other big American town – they needed to look no further than Melvin, known in street lore today as “the man who brought heroin to Baltimore.” For three decades Melvin ruled as the uncrowned king of West Baltimore. Frustrated with their inability to penetrate his operation, Baltimore police framed him - planting a hand full of pills in his pocket during an orchestrated bust. Five years later, Melvin emerged from prison a bitter man out for revenge. He accomplished his mission – accumulating untold millions in narco-profits – but ultimately paid the price by serving 26.5 years in prison. His exploits helped inspire the hit series “The Wire." Not only does he appear as a actor (Deacon) on "The Wire," but the character of drug kingpin Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) is based on Williams. Melvin Williams will be featured in an upcoming episode of "American Gangster," on BET.

In the 1980's, younger relatives of Philly's "Black Mafia," created the "Junior Black Mafia" (JBM). The JBM formed to counter a wave of Jamaican gangsters who sought to control crack cocaine trafficking in Philadelphia. Like their older counterpart, the JBM was exceptionally violent and ruled through witness intimidation and murder. The leader of the JBM, Aaron Jones, is currently on death row in Pennsylvania. The remaining Black Mafia members often associate and work with the Philadelphia Italian Mafia, headed by Joey Merlino, above.


One of the Black Mafia's most brutal, inexplicable crimes included the Dubrow furniture store robbery. On January 4, 1971, eight Black Mafia members robbed DuBrow's on South Street in Philadelphia. They entered the store one by one posing as customers. Once all were inside, they pulled guns on the twenty employees present and forced them to lie on the floor in the back of the store where they bound them with tape and electrical cord. Thirteen employees were beaten while two others were shot. A janitor who walked in on the robbery while doing his job was shot and killed. One employee was doused with gasoline and set on fire. After their vicious treatment of the employees, they looted the offices in the store and set more fires to destroy evidence of the robbery. The eight criminals fled the scene as soon as the fire alarm went off, purposefully trampling on one of the victim's bodies as they left. This crime was so brutal that W.E.B. Griffin wrote a novel based on it. The Witness and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo was quoted as saying that the DuBrow crime was "the most vicious crime I have ever come across.

The mafia also had their sights on high-up drug dealers and crime leaders. Tyrone Palmer, known as "Mr. Millionaire", was shot on Easter Sunday of 1972 in Atlantic City, New Jersey by associates of the Black Mafia. Palmer, a big-time cocaine and heroin dealer and the primary Philadelphia area contact for New York drug dealers, was shot right in the face in plain view of 600-900 people at the Club Harlem, by Black Mafia founding member, Sam Christian. Before Palmer's bodyguards could defend themselves, the mafia opened fire in the club wounding 20 people. In addition to Palmer, three women and one of Palmer's bodyguards were killed.





















Due to the success of "American Gangster," 50 Cent has expressed interest in bringing Lorenzo "Fat Cat," Nichols' story to the big screen. 50 plans to portray Fat Cat in an upcoming film. Fat Cat (second photo) was a legendary drug kingpin in New York. BET profiled Fat Cat on their "American Gangster," series last year.

Black Chicago gangster Flukey Stokes (not pictured) buried his son "Willie The Wimp," in a Cadillac coffin. Flukey headed a gambling empire that grossed over $50 million dollars a year in the Windy City.

Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris moved to Phoenix in the third grade, his childhood had been pushed to the margins. Already a victim of poverty and neglect, he found acceptance and, most importantly, protection, in a network of older neighborhood boys. What he lacked at home -his mother addicted to drugs and severely depressed and his big brother detached from him- he found with the Bloods, a notorious street gang.

Not since 1994 when bestselling author, "Monster" Kody Scott, scripted from prison Monster, The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member has gang life been so vividly chronicled by one of its own. War of the Bloods in My Veins, also initially penned from a jail cell, examines a life wrought with a despair unknown to most. Dashaun's transition from a child full of promise to the boy who commits his first drive-by at age 11 is a tragic tale of modern childhood.

It is later, through a high school football coach, that Dashaun finds a substitute father; one of a few adults looking after his best interests. When he is recruited by Delaware State University on a football scholarship, he has every reason to look forward to a future in the NFL. Things are even looking up on the personal front, as he has found true love and is awaiting the birth of his first child. However, his past catches up with him and he is charged with attempted murder.

Today, Morris lectures frequently and works with Bloods sets worldwide to change the organization from within. He lives in New Jersey.


Excerpts from the book, "War Of The Blood In My Veins," by Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris.

"Unlike the child warriors of Mozambique and Sierra Leone, gang members are the United States homegrown nightmare."

Dashuan Morris is forced into battle for the first time at the age of 11, in the streets of Phoenix, when a friend's older brother puts him in a car filled with 40s and weed smoke, a gun is placed in his hand. The older brother tells him to point at the men on the corner and squeeze the trigger. The targets are Crips.

When Jiwe's home girl Dakota is raped and beaten to death behind his building. When she's found, she had a sock lodged in her throat and her eyes are rolled back in her head. Jiwe seeks revenge.

Riding through the woods of South Mountain Reservation with five Bloods and one lone frightened Crip, according to Jiwe, "we have a true feast." We set the Crip on fire. As he burns to death, the flames grow bigger in size from his flesh roasting like a turkey. His screams amplifies Jiwe's fulfillment.

Over the years, the outcome of Jiwe's crew: Mega Ru killed...Reggie burned...Ry-John suicide...Speedy killed...Dennis killed...Tray murdered...Bonnie killed...Boogie murdered...Slash killed...Sleepy killed...Kody murdered...Meggette killed...Dough killed.

Jiwe currently denounces gang violence.


Chaka Raysor (pictured above) was a key player in one of the largest cocaine rings in metropolitan New York. Raysor was known to be skilled in martial arts and he was known to spend large sums of money on clothes, bling and whips.

The ‘Raysor Organization’ dominated the crack trade in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. This organization was also involved in arson and it was rumored they shot rivals and witnesses.

They used Norfolk as a training ground for young gang recruits, teaching them the trade of racketeering.

The gang is suspected of killing as many as four people in Norfolk and they allegedly firebombed a house on 27th street. They ran crack houses and safe houses and made tens of thousands of dollars every week selling crack. Their operation netted $100,000 per week.

The gang gained notoriety for its carelessness in carrying out hits that appeared to even exceed that of New York’s most ruthless gangs, investigators said. While gunning for targets, more than once they killed the wrong person. Gang members killed another woman they mistook for a witness. Several days later, the gang allegedly repeated the mistake, killing a second woman and her boyfriend.

Raysor put together a more organized crew known as "The Killers." They are suspected of more than forty homicides during a ten-year reign of power on the Brooklyn Streets.

‘The Killers’ were so ruthless, one evening, they were on a vengeful hunt for a man known as “White Owl.” Mary Williams and her family were outside, packing their Volvo for vacation. Raysor and his crew saw “White Owl” on the very block where the Williams’ family was gathered. According to police, Raysor passed around a duffel bag full of weapons.

“The Killers” opened fire, striking Mary Williams in the side and shooting her husband in the head. The couple’s son Alfair, was killed and two other young men were wounded in the rampage.

In 1998, cops raided the house of one of Raysor’s associates and found a chart detailing Raysor’s organization. But even after the brutal attack on the Williams family, agents still had trouble getting to Raysor. When they stopped him on the street he was clean-drug and weapon free.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and ‘ATF,’ set up a task force to bring Raysor’s drug ring down.

Through witnesses and informants, the task force amassed enough evidence to charge Raysor’s associates, including his brother and cousin, with multiple offenses.

Several members of the ring were tried and convicted.

Chaka Razor and his trusted lieutenant and enforcer, Derrick Henderson (pictured above) went on the run, Henderson was eventually captured but Razor remained on the run for ten years before turning himself in on August 10, 2006.

Razor walked into the 79th precinct in New York, claiming to be a fugitive who was featured on "America's Most Wanted" eleven times.

At first, police didn’t believe him, but after fingerprinting him, they found out the man was, in fact, Chaka Raysor.


By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer

The VIP room at Bohemian Caverns on U Street in Northwest Washington was rocking as men barely in their twenties shared bottles of Dom Perignon, waved fistfuls of hundred-dollar bills at stunning women and retreated to the bathroom for frequent pick-me-ups of cocaine. Justin Michael Wolfe sauntered through the crowd celebrating his 20th birthday, slapping backs and sharing high-fives with high school buddy Owen Merton Barber IV.

Less than 24 hours before, Barber had stood outside a new town house in Prince William County's growing Bristow section and emptied the clip from his 9mm semiautomatic pistol into the car of another recent high school graduate. In a scene reminiscent of "Scarface," "New Jack City" and some of the youths' other favorite movies, Barber killed Daniel Robert Petrole Jr. (the son of a Secret Service Agent) in March at the behest of Wolfe, his Chantilly High School friend and associate in the drug trade, Barber said later in court. Wolfe denies any involvement.

Prince William County police say their investigation into Petrole's slaying has uncovered one of the most significant drug operations in the region's history. The killing has led them to an extensive network of suburban teenagers and young men who sell high-grade marijuana and ecstasy to thousands of customers throughout Northern Virginia -- most of them still in high school. The complex maze of suppliers, middlemen and buyers stretches across the country.

The local investigation is focusing on a cadre of educated, middle-class young people. Most of them met before graduating from Chantilly or Centreville high schools in neighboring Fairfax County. Petrole's father is retired from the Secret Service's 'A Team,' on which he guarded Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Petrole's mother is a teacher. Barber's father is a retired Marine, and Wolfe's mother is a nurse. None of them had any idea about their sons' alleged crimes.

Court records and testimony and scores of interviews with family, police, neighbors and drug ring members reveal a group of youths barely out of high school who played Little League and soccer in local parks, went to church and sold Christmas trees at the mall parking lot, then went on to make millions of dollars selling drugs to their friends and their friends' little brothers.

They tossed around thousands of dollars during alcohol-soaked romps at District nightclubs, took long trips with their girlfriends to Hawaii and dropped piles of cash on the gambling tables in Atlantic City.

While most of their contemporaries sat in college classrooms studying Hegel and history, these men built a drug empire, selling an estimated $10 million in marijuana and ecstasy to young people across the region in the past year, police and members of the loose-knit network said. But Petrole's slaying brought a sudden and bitter end to their swaggering lifestyle.

Petrole, 21, was a mid-level dealer who rose to the top of the network because he made friends with a great connection to the supply, police said. He was "fronted" the drugs, meaning he never had to pay in advance. Those close to the ring say that about eight months before the slaying, Petrole recruited Wolfe, who immediately became one of Petrole's top earners. Barber, also 21, said he acted as Wolfe's middleman and was a lowlevel player.

"It was easy money," said one member of the ring from Fairfax County who spoke on condition that he not be named. "There are chicks and fast cars and everything you ever wanted, and you didn't have to pay for it. You can fulfill your dreams while barely lifting a finger. Who wouldn't want to go for that? It's all about the money, the bling-bling. It's more addictive than any drug that's out there."

Even police and prosecutors -- many of whom knew the suspects' families -- are stunned that the young men could have built such an extensive web of drug dealers and kept it hidden for so long. They still are a long way from unraveling it.

The cycle started while the young men were in high school. Their peers took part in drama clubs and student council while they slipped into relative anonymity and dabbled with the drug market at its lowest levels, selling to their friends. In the Chantilly High School yearbooks of 1998 and 1999, where each graduate's school activities are listed, Barber and Wolfe have only their photos and names.

Tammy Turner, principal at Chantilly, said the arrests have sent chills through the school. "There is great cause for concern when a tragedy of this scope can happen in a safe neighborhood like Centreville or Chantilly," she said. "It goes to show it can happen anywhere people aren't diligent."

The trio were considered quiet, polite, shy, friendly, non-threatening. They weren't the kids getting detention or provoking hallway fights. Petrole was always surrounded by people. Wolfe was the clean-cut kid you'd want your daughter to date. Barber was cautiously pensive.

Petrole "was always respectful, always cooperative and seemed to get along with his peers," said one of his Centreville High School teachers, who asked not to be named. "From that standpoint, there certainly was an image he was projecting. When kids present that kind of image, we don't worry about them, because it appears nothing could be going wrong."

As a child, Petrole would point to the television and gleefully pick out his father, on foreign assignments with the Secret Service, during the evening news. Daniel Petrole Sr. described his son as energetic, outgoing, athletic. Akind and gentle boy.

Friends and family said Wolfe is popular and often has a woman on his arm. His girlfriends' parents trusted him. For six months during his senior year -- when he was allegedly involved in drug sales -- Wolfe dated the daughter of the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Washington regional office. Wolfe's friends said he boasted about dating a DEA agent's daughter.

The official, Frank Chellino, now special agent in charge of the Miami office, said Wolfe, who visited his home a number times, seemed a well-mannered, stable youth with loads of potential.

"I wish I could say something bad about him, but it didn't show itself," Chellino said.

"The whole community was shocked over the murder of a Secret Service agent's son and the degree of the alleged drug trafficking," he said. "It left a profound impact on the consciences of Chantilly and Centreville. . . . It shocked me because of who the people were who were involved, because it was so close to the community and because of the violence."

Wolfe's attorney denies that his client was involved in the shooting. John H. Partridge said Barber acted alone. "Justin Wolfe is devastated by the whole situation," Partridge said. "He's never been in jail before, and he's embarrassed by what this has done to his whole family."

The whole thing blew up in March, Barber said, when Wolfe became greedy. In emotionless testimony in Prince William General District Court last month, Barber said Petrole would "front" Wolfe and a handful of others more than $100,000 worth of marijuana, and Wolfe would pay Petrole back after splitting his cache and selling it to other dealers at a significant markup.

Those dealers would sell it to more dealers. Within hours, the drugs would be dispersed to hundreds of people. Just one shipment could fill thousands of orders.

Sources close to the investigation said the killing was to be one last payoff for Wolfe, who stood to make off with about $150,000 in drugs and cash and the ability to escape debt-free.

"He didn't care about Danny," said a drug ring member. "People to guys like us are nonexistent."

Barber killed Petrole shortly after Petrole made a delivery of almost $100,000 in marijuana to Wolfe in Centreville. Barber said Wolfe contacted him, told him that Petrole had left, and made the final order for the hit.

"I got out of my car and shot him through the passenger window," Barber testified. "I shot a full clip, from about three, four or five feet away. . . . He had to be dead . . . all those bullets, that close." Then Barber, like the killers in the movies he so admired, tossed the gun out of his car window at a nearby intersection. It ultimately linked him to the crime.

Petrole's father said his son -- who always wanted to be an entrepreneur -- probably slipped into the drug trade because of the lure of fast money.

At first, Daniel Petrole Sr. believed his son was having luck in day trading, building a small fortune during the technology boom.

Authorities said the younger Petrole actually was receiving shipments of hundreds of pounds of marijuana from out west and was carting in thousands of ecstasy pills from New York City.

The gains went partially into the purchase of the town house in Bristow -- valued at $189,000 -- for which he put down tens of thousands in cash while listing a job as a flower deliveryman. Weeks before his death, Petrole took his girlfriend -- a senior at Virginia Tech -- on a spring break getaway to Hawaii.

Then there were parties. And clubbing. Because the money wasn't legitimate, he and all the others had to quickly launder it.

"You have to blow it; you have to throw it away," said the drug ring member from Fairfax. "You can't put it in a bank or invest it. It gives a guy like Danny a chance to be somebody. You're a movie star when you're a drug dealer. It makes you much more than you are."

Now he's dead. Barber has agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder and testify against Wolfe, he said in court, and could face life behind bars. Wolfe is facing charges of capital murder and drug conspiracy, and, if found guilty, could be sentenced to death. Both are being held without bond.

The investigation into the ring -- Operation Pacific Kind Bud, a reference to a potent kind of marijuana -- continues to spiral as detectives and federal agents climb the drug ladder in several states. There have been hundreds of interviews with dealers, from high school students to men in their late twenties. Investigators say they are staggered by the scope.

"It was like he kept that whole thing as a secret and away from us, knowing that we wouldn't condone that kind of activity," said Daniel Petrole Sr. "There were no signs."

Barber's father said he was vigilant in checking his son's car for beer, hard liquor, drugs. He said he was "totally floored" when he heard about the killing.

"I'm not ignorant of those things," he said. "My son always lived in a good environment, in a good neighborhood. He was taught right and wrong. No matter how well you teach your kids, once they go out the door, the choices they make are their choices."

Petrole's father and others speculate that Petrole's naiveté got him killed -- like the time he carved his initials into the cement, he didn't think about the consequences.

"He was in way over his head, and he didn't know it until he got capped," one drug dealer said. "He should have expected what he got, and no one should be surprised by it. He lived hard and fast and died young. A drug dealer died. That's what drug dealers do: They get killed or they go to jail."

The Fairfax member of the drug ring said sales are driven by demand. He and others sell because there are willing purchasers who have lots of money -- much of it from their parents, he said.

"American society doesn't want to face the fact that white kids deal and use drugs," the dealer said. "They simply can't look in my face and see that a nice-looking white kid is selling drugs to their kids, because that would mean that their kids could do this, too.

"The fact is that we do sell drugs to their kids, in their rich neighborhoods and in their rich schools."


To read about "Demetrius Meech Flenory," above, and his black crime syndicate (The Black Mafia Family) and other black syndicates, click here:   Black Crime Families


Rayful Edmond III was 22 years old when he introduced crack cocaine to Washington, D.C.  Edmond would go on to amass a fortune selling drugs, netting $70 million dollars per month.  He also had 150 street soldiers working under him.  Click here to read his story:  Drug Baron


Lamont Paris was a hit man and enforcer for various drug organizations and cartels across the country. Drug lords have Paris on speed dial when they need a dispute settled. Paris was also a member of the "Connecticut Boys,' a murder-for-hire organization in Detroit. 



Authorities are tight lipped about the "Connecticut Boys," organization in Highland Park, Michigan.

What we do know: Drug dealers and crime bosses across the country contacted this alleged "murder-for-hire" company to eliminate rivals, perform retaliation killings and to execute contracts on selected targets.

This organization operated as a black market employment agency that outsourced killers-for-hire to the highest bidder.

Contracts were allegedly undertaken with precision. As a host of killers were flown across the country to "eliminate on demand."

Their top wet work (assassination) mechanic was Lamont Paris (pictured above). Paris was a ruthless killer convicted of numerous crimes.

Despite having a paralyzed right hand from an earlier shooting, Paris taught himself to shoot with his left hand so he wouldn't miss a opportunity to-kill for profit.

When Paris allegedly stole $2 million dollars from a drug dealer. He had to hide out from fellow killers (hired to murder him) from his own organization.

Paris was captured in 2006. He was found guilty and was sentenced to 50-75 years in prison.

To read more about Lamont Paris, click on the following link: Black Hit Man


We will be doing an upcoming profile on one of the most ruthless and notorious drug lords this world has ever seen.

Curtis "Cocky" Warren (above) is bi-racial and located in Liverpool, England. This young man amassed over $570 million dollars in drug proceeds before his arrest. Making him the wealthiest non-white /non-Columbian drug lord in history.

He kept a very low profile during his reign.

He also has photographic memory.The whereabouts of his wealth was never determined; some say he memorized bank account details so there was no need for digits to be left lying around. Many believe his wealth is hidden in vaults and swiss bank accounts yet to this day only he knows.

He will be released from prison in 2012. Additional time was added on after he murdered a fellow inmate.

According to many 'insiders' however, Warren remains an influential figure in organized crime.


Guy Fisher was the protege of drug boss Nicky Barnes before a bitter falling out.  Fisher would take over as the New York kingpin when Barnes went to prison.  Fisher would net $100,000 per day on drugs.  He would purchase a private plane to go shopping in Paris on the weekends and a fleet of luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce.  Click here to read his story.   Drug Lord


Larry Hoover (above) was the ringleader of the "Gangster Disciples." He has been immortalized by local and federal authorities as "Chicago's Biggest Gangster Since Al Capone." Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton stated: "The Gangster Disciples are the most organized gang, ever."  Click the following link to read about the Gangster Disciples


Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff headed the notorious "Supreme Team."  This crew dealt in drug trafficking and murder.  In the process, McGriff made tens of millions of dollars in drug profits.  To read more, click on the following link and scroll down, Supreme Team


Read about Frank Ward (The Black Godfather Of The West Coast) and Felix Mitchell. The movie "The Mack," was based on Frank Ward and actor Max Julien drove Ward's customized Caddy in the film.  Click here to read Kingpins


Dean Parker made millions in drug distribution and money laundering via private jet and then it all came to a tragic end!  Click on the following link to read his story: The Dean Parker Story


Read excerpts from  the article on Frank Lucas by Mark Jacobs (NY Magazine) that inspired the film "American Gangster."

Click on the following link: Crew Boss

Quasand Lewis, above, headed a marijuana cartel.  His empire was thought to be the largest marijuana organization in this country.  Click the following link to read his story: Black Drug Cartel


Tremayne Graham was a drug kingpin in the ATL.  He also had the distinction of being the son-in-law of the mayor.  Click the following link to read his story: ATL Kingpin

In Related News:

by: Mara Shalhoup @ Creative

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's daughter, Kai Franklin Graham, pleaded guilty in federal court Dec. 18 to playing a minor role in her ex-husband Tremayne Graham's crime ring -- and she agreed to cooperate in what a prosecutor describes as an "ongoing investigation" into his cocaine enterprise.

Mayor Franklin sat toward the front of the Greenville courtroom, her signature flower pinned to the lapel of her jacket, and watched as her eldest daughter pleaded guilty to a federal "information," which bypasses indictment and allows the defendant to enter an immediate plea. After the hearing the mayor smiled at her daughter, and the two left the courthouse, declining to comment.

Eight months earlier, Tremayne Graham was sentenced to life in prison in the same courtroom. Graham was charged with cocaine distribution and was described in documents and in open court as an associate of two multistate drug rings, the Black Mafia Family and Sin City Mafia. Graham lived with his then-wife in Atlanta but ran multikilo drug shipments to Greenville, which was why both he and Kai Franklin Graham were prosecuted there.

Kai Franklin Graham pleaded guilty to making "structured financial payments" (money laundering) to avoid federal detection – a move that helped throw investigators off of her then-husband's trail.

According to assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Moore, Kai Franklin Graham visited seven different Atlanta post offices in November 2004 – 15 days after her husband became a fugitive – and purchased $14,000 in postal money orders. Had she purchased more than $2,000 in money orders at any one of the post offices, the postal service would have been required to alert the feds that she was handling large sums of cash. The money was used to pay the mortgage on the Grahams' $630,000 Marietta home.

Moore told the court that the Nov. 12, 2004, trip to the post office wasn't the only time Kai Franklin Graham "assisted her husband in transactions such as these."  Moore added: "On a couple of occasions [after Tremayne Graham fled], she received drug money from her husband."

While her husband was a fugitive, Kai Franklin Graham divorced him, citing "abandonment." The divorce papers state that Kai Franklin Graham did not know where her husband was hiding and had no way of contacting him.

However, one of Graham's co-defendants has testified that Graham was in constant contact with his wife while on the run, and even had a cell phone – known as the "Kai phone" – dedicated to his wife. Another co-defendant claims to have dropped off thousands of dollars to Franklin Graham on Graham's behalf to cover her expenses.

In exchange for her "truthful and forthright cooperation" – and her possible testimony in related court cases – Kai Franklin Graham will be sentenced to three years of probation, according to Moore, three months of which will be home confinement. If she doesn't fully cooperate, or if she fails to pass a polygraph test, she could be sentenced to the maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Damion "World," Hardy headed the Cash Money Brothers (CMB), a lucrative drug network in New York.  Hardy also dated female rapper Lil Kim.  Click on the following link to read his story: "REAL LIFE" NEW JACK CITY

Karlton Hines was torn between the NBA and the drug trade.  He chose the drug trade and paid for that decision with his life.  Click here to read: The Karlton Hines Story


Jimmy "The Juice" Springette was an international drug trafficker.  His connections stretched the globe and he was the first black made man in the Columbian Mafia.  Click here to read his story: Trafficker


Scott King laundered drug money through his luxury car dealership in the ATL.  He also mingled with football stars and threw lavish parties at his mansion.  He is allegedly connected to the BMF and was on the run from authorities.  King has also been featured on America's Most Wanted.  Click here to read: Drug Ringleader


Click here to read the story: BMF'S Code Of Silence Broken


"Freeway" Ricky Ross introduced Los Angeles to crack cocaine.  Ross generated $3 million dollars a day in drug profits and he developed the cooking method, associated with crack cocaine.   To read his story, click on the following link: Crack King


Larry Davis always alleged that the NYPD used him to push drugs in the community and threatened him and his brother if he didn't cooperate.

Davis came from a troubled background and was known as a bully in his neighborhood for stumping kids for their lunch money.

Allegedly, when Davis started selling drugs, the police acted as enforcers. When he wanted to get out of the drug business the police allegedly thought he had too much damaging information on them. The cops hunted him down. According to Larry, they came to kill him at his sister's house. Larry had a shootout with the cops, wounding six in the process. The cops always maintained, they arrived at Larry's sister's house to arrest him for killing five drug dealers.

Davis eluded capture for 17 days despite a massive manhunt. He surrendered and was found guilty of weapons possession and murder and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

Allegedly, two years later, Davis was beat so severely in prison, he was confined to a wheelchair.  Allegations persist that prison guards beat Davis in retaliation for shooting six NYPD officers.

Two days ago, Larry Davis was stabbed to death by a fellow prisoner, 17 times with a homemade shank in the arms, head, back, upper thigh and chest.

Last year, Damon Dash bought the rights to Davis' story and Robert DeNiro will produce the project through his "Tribeca Films," production company.


According to our friends at "Bossip," Black Mafia Family Kingpin, “Big Meech” born Demetrius Flenory, above, was sentenced to 30 years in prison the other day:

Flenory pled guilty to multiple counts of charges of running a criminal enterprise and conspiracy to laundering monetary instruments. The conviction is the latest chapter in the investigation of the Black Mafia Family, which ran an interstate drug ring that sold thousands of kilos of cocaine a week, while raking in over $270 million dollars in cash, real estate and jewelry.


According to sources, one of Meech's downfalls: He loved to court publicity despite heading a illegal enterprise.  Like, having t-shirts printed up sporting the BMF logo.  He also had a billboard erected in Atlanta claiming, "BMF: The World Is Ours."   And, if that's no enough, he had a very public Myspace page and he patronized strip clubs each Monday like clockwork to make it rain on strippers.  He always brought attention to himself by tossing $20,000-$50,000 in the air.

Sources also reveal, unlike the Italian mob, some of the millions accumulated from this illegal empire was never funneled into legal businesses, offshore accounts or the stock market.  A lot of the money was spent on mansions, bling (pictured above) and numerous exotic sports cars.

Since this was a Federal case, Meech will do the full bid (30 years).  Although he took a plea deal, he refused to snitch.

With the success of the film "American Gangster," expect a future film on Big Meech and the "Black Mafia Family."

Photo courtesy of: Bossip


Since Big Meech, (BMF) kingpin, pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to 30 years in Federal prison. Here is a rundown of other arrests and sentences handed out to members of the Black Mafia Family crew. Source: Mara Shalhoup @ Creative Loafing.


Like his brother (Big Meech) the day before, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory admitted to running the $270 million cocaine ring the Black Mafia Family, which was based in Atlanta, Detroit and L.A. Terry was also sentenced to 30 years in prison. Few people know that the brothers had been estranged for nearly a year and that Big Meech wrote the following letter (in his ownwords) to a judge: I am by no means a “flight risk,” I am a god fearing man of honor. … My mother is very stressed out ’cause both of her sons are in jail and our family has never experience [sic] anything like this, so I’m asking that you please consider giving me a bond. … All I am asking you for is a “chance” to be with my family in case I have to go to prison for the first time in my life.


Fleming “Ill” Daniels (above), who’s believed to be one of the top-ranking members of the alleged multistate cocaine ring the Black Mafia Family, has been indicted in a July 2004 murder that took place in the parking lot behind Midtown’s now-defunct Velvet Room.

The shooting death of Rashannibal “Prince” Drummond had frustrated Atlanta police, in part because a blanket of silence surrounded the incident. Witnesses in investigations involving BMF often have been difficult to track down, and according to investigators, several BMF members — including the crew’s alleged leader, the charismatic and widely revered Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory — were at the club that night.


On Monday a man considered to be one of the Black Mafia Family crime ring’s top lieutenants pleaded guilty in federal court to cocaine and money-laundering charges. According to his plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Chad “J-Bo” Brown will spend between 15 and 20 years in prison.

Brown regularly appeared in promotional videos and in flashy nightclubs flanking alleged BMF leader Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who is believed to have run the Atlanta headquarters of a multistate, $270 million cocaine enterprise. Flenory, who was CEO of Atlanta-based record label and promotion company BMF Entertainment, has described J-Bo as the company’s chief operating officer.

BMF’s presence was huge in Atlanta, where the crew was known for throwing wild parties — and for being tied to violent acts that involved Young Jeezy, P. Diddy and Bobby Brown.


Marc “Swift” Whaley,(no photo available) owner of an Orlando exotic car-rental business that leased drug-running vehicles to Black Mafia Family members, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to engage in money laundering. In exchange for his cooperation in other federal cases against BMF — a $270 million multistate cocaine ring headquartered in Atlanta, Detroit and L.A. — Whaley received a reduced sentence of 30 months.


This is the book cover for "Harlem Godfather: The Rap On My Husband, "Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson."  The book will drop in February, 2008.

Fox secured the rights to Kody Scott's (aka Sanyika Shakur) autobiography "Monster," ten years ago but have yet to bring the story to film. Rumors indicate, that may change, due to the success of "American Gangster." In Related News: Kody aka Sanyika, purchased a home after selling the book rights to Fox.

The film, "Freeway Ricky Ross," based on former L.A. crack kingpin Ricky Ross will go into pre-production in 2008.

Bumpy Johnson's widow (Mayme Johnson) continues to discount Frank Lucas' (American Gangster's) account of his friendship with her late husband, Bumpy Johnson.

Mayme Johnson worked as a hostess for "Hagars BBQ," a restaurant owned by singer Ethel Waters when she met Bumpy.

According to Mayme, "Red" Dillard Morisson (first photo) not Frank Lucas, was a trusted friend and lieutenant to her late husband, Bumpy Johnson.

Red Dillard would become so feared that authorities once labeled him, "The Most Dangerous Criminal In The Country."


Flukey Stokes Update: "ASIS," magazine has a story on black kingpin, Flukey Stokes, titled, "Murder & Mayhem." Stokes' still heads a $50 million dollar empire. Now, he is accused of 30 murders and extortion. He's considered the last of a dying breed and according to Chicago cops, "He's Chicago's oldest gang chief on record."


Zo Pound (ZP) is the most dangerous black criminal organization in the world. This Haitian crew is based in Miami and they are more powerful than the Black Mafia Family.

ZP is also operating in the Bahamas and spreading North.

It's always been rumored that rappers Baby and Lil Wayne couldn't enter Miami "without paying dues," in advance. Other rappers try to shout them out on records to get them off their back but it doesn't work.

Their source of income is drugs, gambling and prostitution. They generate hundreds of millions each year.

They also conduct paramilitary training sessions for their recruits. The recruits are also trained in hand-to-hand combat. OG's are rumored to be well armed and well trained ex-militants and ex-officers who operate with precise precision.

Rumor has it that "ZP," controls every aspect of illegal activity in Miami and not much goes on in Haiti without the blessings of ZP.

This group is so deep that they have infiltrated successfully, every single strata of Bahamian society. There is a very strong ZP element on the Police Force. One need only look at who is rushing to join the force. There are now more Haitian decent officers on this force than ever before and as members of ZP, they tend to move in packs. Notice how certain officers always greet each other in creole. One officer in particular, has been under investigation for years but so far, nothing has panned out. This officer of Haitian parentage drives a very nice car, has a huge mansion complete with a luxurious swimming pool with his initials in the bottom. But so far, nothing has come of the investigation, partly because some of the officers assigned to the case are also Zo Pound.

Whenever the police pick up young Haitian looking males, once in the cell, they make it a point to act out, calling out the name of Zo Pound so that any officer in their clandestine family will know they are there and will take care of them. In too many cases, evidence will disappear, or statements will change and these junior gangsters will walk freely. Another clue that ZP members use to identify themselves is the non too discreet placement of the Haitian flag. Necklaces are common, as are wristbands and every now and then, you'll see someone with some "fronts" with the Haitian flag on it.

You just can't go and join ZP. Membership is by birth and one has to have both parents as Haitians to be considered for membership.


A new documentary for hustlers and ballers has been released, entitled, "Rules Of The Game." This documentary is narrated by former OG and present entertainment executive, Chaz Williams.

"The Observer Newspaper: "Next to Curtis "Cocky" Warren, the Kray twins (mobsters) were pathetic."

Rewind: Last week, we reported that drug kingpin, Curtis "Cocky" Warren was worth over $500 million dollars and had a photographic memory which enabled him to memorize swiss account numbers and other sensitive information related to his trade. He never left a paper trail or damaging evidence behind and his drug proceeds have never been recovered.

Fast Forward: Curtis "Cocky" Warren is a bi-racial kingpin who ran a global empire within the structure of the international drug trade. He's still considered an underworld legend who took the methods of a dope boy and elevated it to an art form.

He forged direct links with the cocaine cartels in Columbia, the heroin godfathers of Turkey, the cannabis cultivators of Morocco and the Ecstasy manufacturers of Holland and Eastern Europe.

His drugs went around the world, from the clubs of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden beaches of Sydney.

Warren's entire story will be featured in our most recent newsletter-February edition, which will be mailed out later this week.


When Big Meech traveled, his entourage numbered in the dozens. When he threw parties, he stocked them with high-priced champagne, ice sculptures and zoo animals, and enough eye candy to cause a stomachache. Inside the sprawling DeKalb County home where investigators say he lived, the walls were hung with framed photos of mob boss John Gotti and fictitious drug lord Tony Montana (Scarface). Meech also bragged about spending over $100,000 each time he ventured out to strip clubs.


In the year of 1988 under the drug czar Bilal Pretlow along with the Grahams and the Hartwells these young individuals formed this posse and turned them into North Jersey 's largest African America racketeering network.

Authorities gave little thought to the rising number of "afro lineal" gang activity in the streets of Elizabeth and Newark, New Jersey after the downfall of Wayne Akbar Pray, assuming the gangs were small-time thugs. But after a series, of brutal killings the E-Port Posse changed all of that.

In a short span of time these minors became an ambitious RICO enterprise-building entrepreneurial geniuses. In an unorthodox fashion these potential Wall Street whiz kids incorporated themselves into a stock exchange and their shares consisted of cocaine.

They formulated a syndicate- a young ruthless afro lineal mob, that was well organized and systematically referred to throughout New Jersey 's crime wave as Elizabeth's Finest.

Uncover the historical chain of events (in the above book) surrounding the rise and fall of the E-port Posse. Corrupt juvenile delinquents who grew from boys to made men.  The book can be ordered at


In the 1980's, there was one block in Harlem that was known as the most dangerous and drug infested area in New York.

The block was controlled by the "Purple City Crack Gang." The crew generated $200,000 dollars per day in crack sales.

The Bloods street gang would eventually expand into the neighborhood. Many of the hustlers and runners of the "Purple City Crack Gang," are in prison or dead.


A former rap label owner from Philadelphia went to trial last month under suspicion of running a lucrative drug business and using the label to launder the money.

Rap mogul Alton "Ace Capone" Coles who was once poised to follow in the footsteps of Diddy, Jay, and Russell is accused of running a multimillion dollar crack and cocaine empire that allegedly ran drugs through the streets of Southwest Philly in a seven-year span, totaling $25 million.

Ace was the head of rap label "Take Down Records," but feds say the business was just a front for drug distribution.
"A large-scale drug origination brought violence and numerous amounts of drugs in Southwest Philadelphia also proceeds laundered through a media origination known as "Take Down Records," Special Agent John Hageman of The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms told Philly's NBC 10.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Bresnick told the jury that Coles and his top lieutenant, Timothy "Tim Gotti" Baukman, used "Take Down Records," the rap music company they founded, as a front for a lucrative cocaine distribution network.

Echoing details provided in a 197-count indictment handed up two years ago, Bresnick said the organization was responsible for bringing a ton of cocaine and more than a half-ton of crack into the Philadelphia area between 1998 and 2005.

Bresnick cited a homicide outside the Philadelphia Zoo in 2002 and a wild shoot-out in Southwest Philadelphia in 2004 as two examples of the violence attached to the drug organization.

He said Coles and Baukman "used guns to protect their drugs, their turf, and the money they made."

Investigators have alleged that the Coles organization was behind seven murders and 21 other shootings while operating in the drug underworld. But those acts of violence are not contained in the current case.

The indictment includes charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy, money-laundering and weapons offenses.

Source: Brandi Hopper @


After 3 short years in the crack trade Richard "Maserati Rick" Carter, above, who often rolled around town in Maserati's, controlled one of the most prominent networks operating on the east side. Carter and Demetrius Holloway worked the eastside peacefully along with other organizations run by Johnny Curry "whose wife Cathy was the niece of Detroit's mayor Coleman Young," the remnants of the crippled Y.B.I., gang and the Chambers brothers. Following the arrest and conviction of the Curry brothers and 6 of their top lieutenants in 1987, Rick and his partner Holloway began making overtures to secure the east side as their personal kingdom.

Demetirus Holloway was one of the founding members of the infamous "Best Friends," drug organization which ruled urban Detriot's multi-million dollar crack trade from the mid to late '80s. Holloway grew up with legendary Detroit figures such as the late Richard "Maserati Rick" Carter "also a founding member of "Best Friends," and boxing legend Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns. After working briefly as a postal clerk, Holloway was convicted and sentenced to federal prison after being convicted of burglary in 1980. Holloway's initial prison stay was lengthened after picking up a second conviction for drug trafficking.

Upon his release in 1985, Demetrius managed the Chalk & Cue pool hall on West 7 mile Road for William Van Lewis. It was from Lewis that Holloway learned the ins and outs of quasi legitimacy and used the pool hall as a front for a burgeoning drug business. By 1986 Holloway and Carter were running a multi-million dollar drug operation which allowed Demetrius to open 3 sporting goods stores, in addition to purchasing several acres of land in Alabama.

BMF Soldier Captured:

(Memphis 1/14/2008) The U.S. Marshals Office has confirmed suspected drug kingpin Craig Petties was captured in Mexico.

Petties was on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted List, and for good reason. The U.S. Marshals Office says Petties made a lot of money distributing more than over a thousand kilos of cocaine in cities such as Memphis and Atlanta.

We're told Petties lived a lavish lifestyle. Authorities have already seized two of his houses, worth more than a million dollars, and twenty luxury vehicles that he owned.

An indictment says Petties spent drug money to buy a $111,000 Mercedes and a Bentley worth more than $300,000.

It's been long suspected Petties may be hiding out in Mexico and that is exactly where he was arrested.

"We would love to get this guy off the streets. With his resources he could be anywhere and he is a danger to the community, " said Robert J. Finan II, Assistant Director of the U.S. Marshals Investigative Services Division in 2004.

The Marshals Service hoped Petties luck would run out once they put him on the most wanted list. It may have taken some time, but he's now behind bars.

It's long been believed that Petties may be connected to several violent crimes, such as a 2005 triple murder in South Memphis, and two execution-style killings outside Brownsville.

In Related News: Craig Petties is related to DJ Paul (above) of the rap group Three 6 Mafia.


At his peak he sold 2,000 keys a week, reaped gross profits of $70 million a month, and ran an operation with over 150 soldiers to support him. In his life, champagne flowed like water and trips to Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles were the norm, and $150,000 shopping sprees were nothing. At the height of Washington, D.C's brutal crack epidemic in 1987, there was a 22 year-old man responsible for distributing 90% percent of Columbian Cocaine onto the city streets. This man is Rayful Edmond III (above) and he is responsible for introducing Washington, D.C. to crack.

Fast Forward:

A man by the name of Rayful Edmond was released from prison recently. Rumors spread that this man was the notorious kingpin, above. False, the man released was Rayful's father, Rayful Edmond, Jr. Unconfirmed rumors indicate that he was allegedly responsible for getting his son into the drug game.


Rock, (above) one half of the New York duo Heltah Skeltah, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday (Jan. 15). Authorities believe Rock was working as a pimp and gunned down a rival in a dispute over a prostitute.

During the court hearing the Boot Camp emcee (born Jamal Bush) was formally arraigned on a second degree murder charge and other related charges.

"The Brooklyn District attorney's office alleges that Mr. Bush shot a known pimp and bloods gang member in the neck paralyzing him," explained Rock's lawyer Kenneth J. Montgomery via a statement to "They also allege that Mr. Bush is a pimp and this was a dispute over an alleged lady of the night. Mr. Bush categorically and unequivocally denies all charges. We eagerly look forward to trial and proving his innocence."


Milton "Butch," Jones was the founder and chief of Young Boys, Inc.(YBI), the far-reaching drug gang that terrorized the Detroit area for years. He is linked to at least 68 murders, and believed to have ordered far more.

Jones' 1996 book, "Y.B.I.: The Autobiography of Butch Jones," brags about his tenure at YBI--including killing, robbing, firebombing, and--of course--making millions by using teen gang members to sell drugs and kill. Some of his drug dealers were as young as nine years old.

Jones went to prison in 1983. He is responsible for murders so numerous and so brutal that federal authorities were seeking the federal death penalty after a new 2001 indictment was filed against him.

Source: Debbie Schlussel

Shawty Lo was once one of the biggest dope ballers in the ATL. He and his crew ran the "Bowen Homes," projects, home to Dem Franchize Boyz and The Shop Boyz.

In this documentary, you will enter the mind of a ghetto superstar and street legend and discover how he escaped death and 28 arrests that resulted in one year prison time.

Shawty Lo is currently a rap artist and the CEO of "D4L Records."

Last year, director Billy Wright was to start filming a indie based on Los Angeles gang banger, Monster Cody, titled "Can't Stop, Want Stop," starring rapper Saafir as Kody and Lady Of Rage as Kody's mother, Birdie. Now, we're hearing unconfirmed rumors that Denzel Washington may be approached to play the "older" "Monster" Kody Scott in an upcoming biopic backed by a major studio (if a big name is attached). A younger actor will allegedly play Scott as a teenaged gang banger.

Fox secured the rights to the book "Monster," nearly a decade ago. Scott got the nickname monster after allegedly stomping a man to death at the tender age of 13. Scott became one of the most feared OG's in Los Angeles history during his reign and authorities suspect him of numerous murders.

He served time in prison where he converted to religion and changed his name to Sanyika Shakur.

In his autobiography, Scott reported that his mother identified Los Angeles Rams legend-Dick Bass as his father.

In 2007, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton announced the capture of 43-year-old Kody Dejohn Scott, also known as "Monster Kody," who was listed as one of LAPD's most wanted gang members. Scott is the third most-wanted gang member captured since the list was created February 8, 2007.

Scott was placed on the most-wanted list for a vicious robbery last December 12th,2006, during which he broke into a man's home and beat him so badly, the man needed facial re-constructive surgery. The motive for the crime was to steal the victim's car.

At 43, Scott has been in and out of prison for 26 years of his life. He is still on parole for a 1990 robbery, but has never completed his sentence due to frequent parole violations. Scott is a self-proclaimed founder of the 83 (8-Trey) Gangster Crips, a notorious criminal street gang in South Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Sammy Davis

*The first official documentary on the "Black Mafia Family," has been released:

They started on the streets of Detroit and spread out across the country landing in Atlanta. The Federal Government alleged that they control a narcotics distribution network that netted them 300 million dollars. Authorities claim Demetrious Flournoy, AKA Big Meech, and his brother, Terry Flournoy, AKA 'South Side T,' operated over a fifteen year period.

The Black Mafia Family influenced the music industry artists and even created the ever popular "Make It Rain" move emulated by everyone from Lil' Wayne to R. Kelly.

Witness the true story of an abbreviated organization not controlled by government but governed by the rules of the game. The principals and respect instilled in this organization were reminiscent of the Italian Mafia, only one thing, they were black, they were rich, and they were under Big Meech!

Special appearances by: Shawty Lo, Gucci Mane, Rocko and Oowee.

Former drug kingpin Darrell Dwight Bellamy, 33, is suspected of heading a narcotics network that distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and half a ton of marijuana in Arizona, Oklahoma, Illinois and Michigan over about eight years, officials said.

He is accused by a grand jury in Tulsa, Okla., of torturing a woman by dipping her feet in boiling oil and branding her arm with a hot iron after she lost more than $291,000 in drug receipts.

Bellamy laundered his drug proceeds through several Las Vegas casinos, banks and money transfer operations.

Bellamy's lieutenant and enforcer Marlin James Mack aka Mack 10 was known for his brutality. He allegedly shot two men in the head and then set them afire in their car. Mack was sentenced to life in prison.

After his arrest, Bellamy would eventually forfeit $3 million dollars in criminal proceeds, including a mansion, a condo and two yachts.

Bellamy was sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Bellamy's girlfriend was Navajo singing star Radmilla Cody, second photo, a former "Miss Navajo Nation," and winner of the 2002 Native American music awards for her CD, "Seed Of Life."

Cody was accused by authorities of making money transfers to Bellamy to purchase drugs and she's accused of wrapping the cocaine. Cody led a double life. She visited Navajo schools during the day urging kids to stay off drugs and at night, she participated in Bellamy's cocaine empire.

Under her plea agreement, Cody admitted that she knew "of the actual commission of the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and I concealed this knowledge by not making it known" to authorities. "At the time, I knew it was against the law for me to commit these acts," she said in the plea. "Some of the marijuana involved was distributed in the Northern District of Oklahoma."

Cody served a 21-month sentence.


Fictional drug enforcers Chris & Snoop from the show "The Wire," have nothing on real life drug enforcer/hired killer, Wayne Perry (1st image, third photo). Allegedly, Perry is responsible for over 100 drug related murders on the East Coast and was once considered the most feared man in the game.

Drug lord Alpo was once interested in inching into the Washington, D.C. drug market but drug baron Rayful Edmond, III (fourth photo) had a strong hold on that market so Alpo enlisted Perry to ease the way. His instincts were right about Edmond, because later, when Edmond went to trial, one witness was killed, another was wounded and a third witness had their home firebombed. Edmond was no walk in the park and he loved expensive bling. His favorite piece of jewelry was a $300,000 diamond encrusted watch.

One evening at a basketball game in Washington, D.C., Rayful and Alpo were both in attendance. Someone pointed Alpo out to Rayful and said, "That's Alpo, he has more money, than even you." Edmond replied, "no one has more money than me." Nevertheless, Alpo came over and paid his respects to Rayful. Before Alpo could put his Washington, D.C. plan into motion, he got in trouble with the law.

According to Wayne Perry, (from Don Diva Magazine) "I am a victim of circumstances as well as a scapegoat for a rat, snitch, liar, homosexual [Alberto "Alpo" Martinez] who had no guts, morals or principles or compassion for anyone other than himself... He used me to save his own ass from a 35 year sentence. He made false statements, told countless lies that got me five consecutive life sentences."

Wayne Perry, Alpo and Rayful all received lengthy prison sentences. Alpo turned government informant against Perry and is rumored to be in the "witness protection program."





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