*This story is a work
of fiction, a product of the author's imagination. Any resemblance to
people and locales is purely coincidental.
was a beautiful sunny day in the billionaire enclave of Monte Carlo. The sun
glistened on the Mediterranean ocean as royal playboys and the international
jet set lounged on their private yachts with their beautiful girlfriends and
an attractive black couple sped by in their Cigarette Fidelity speedboat,
dubbed the Ferrari of the high seas. They bore a remarkable resemblance
because they were brother and sister, Cartier (pronounced Car-T-A) and Lauryn
were in town to attend a private yacht party hosted by a friend.
that evening, they were seen at the Monte Carlo hotspots: Karement, Jimmy's and the Monte Carlo casino.
next day, at a outdoor cafe, they had a lunch of grilled tuna steaks marinated
in fresh lemon and lime, with baked potatoes, sour cream and chives and a salad
as they watched Porsche's zipping around the famous curves of Monte Carlo while
limousines glided around the curves.
saw numerous celebrities and supermodels on their outing; they were in town
for the World Music Awards.
went shopping at expensive boutiques where they used a Black Amex card. Afterwards,
they took in the beautiful weather by walking along the Italian Riviera.
that evening, they joined Miquel Lopez on a rented yacht. Lopez was an
international arms dealer; he was in town to host a celebration. A week
earlier, he had pulled off an billion dollar weapons deal involving six countries.
hid the assets in countries the government couldn't touch.
yacht party was in full swing. Miquel had raided the Monte Carlo escort
agencies, earlier; thoroughbred call girls and gigolo's were in attendance for the rich
men and women on board.
Miquel was surrounded by beauty, he only had eyes for Lauryn.
was a financial genius with a Masters degree in International Finance from a
prestigious University and Cartier was the biggest drug supplier in Hollywood
with a celebrity clientele.
started off as a prominent Swiss accountant, she became a banker and went into
business with her brother and became a money laundry wizard. She was known
in the business as a money laundry expert in cocaine banking.
laundered money through banks in Spain, Mexico, Italy and the United States. Her fee was a standard 5 percent for each seven-figure transaction.
ANGELES (2 YEARS EARLIER):
and Lauryn grew up in Los Angeles, their parents were from Louisiana and the
family was dirt poor. Their parents instilled in them early on, if you don't
want to live in poverty, study hard in school and get a good education.
disregarded the advice, instead, he used his looks to get ahead in life; he
also couldn't resist the lure of the streets.
mother named him after the only luxury item she owned, a watch given to her
by her husband after he won a Superbowl bet.
took the advice to heart and excelled in her studies.
was a ladies man who resembled actor Phillip Michael Thomas, his sister resembled
actress Michael Michelle.
used women to buy him nice things. Although he was poor, he was always
well groomed. He also loved shoes and had a collection of gators that his girlfriends
bought. Cartier stopped accepting gifts from women when he joined an auto
ring would steal Mercedes, BMW's Cadillacs and Jaguars to export to foreign
markets in Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. A chop shop would pay the crew
anywhere from $400 to $600 dollars for each car. Air bags fetched $100-$600
crew also sold some of the parts to unscrupulous auto part stores or organizers
of swap meets.
quit the car ring when lawmakers passed a bill making theft penalties harsh.
local pimp named Pretty Boy Lloyd befriended Cartier, he became a big brother
to Cartier. They would have long discussions about hustling.
night, Pretty Boy got drunk at a party. He told one of Cartier's friends, hell,
I'm just using Cartier to get next to his fine ass sister. She could make
me a lot of money. I'll get her strung out on drugs and she'll turn tricks
all night long.
friend told Cartier, the next day, Cartier went downtown, he was alarmed when
he saw Lauryn leaning into the passenger window of Pretty Boy's Mercedes.
that night, Cartier went to Pretty Boy's house. Pretty Boy let him in and told
him, man, you lucky to catch me, I'm usually out checking on my women bu I'm
fighting a cold.
Pretty Boy went to the fridge to get some beers, Cartier put on his gloves,
took out a gun, creeped up behind him and said, turn your ass around!
Pretty Boy turned around, when he saw the gun, he looked puzzled. Cartier
said, so you think you gonna pimp my sister and get her hooked on drugs? You stupid ass mothafucka, nobody fucks with her! Cartier shot him twice in
Boy died on the floor struggling for air. Cartier wiped down the house and left.
neighborhood was buzzing about Pretty Boy's death, the word on the street was,
Cartier took him out. Overnight, Cartier had the "juice."
few of Cartier's girlfriends tried to come between him and his sister, he quickly
discarded them; he considered his sister his best friend. He was a very protective
brother, when Lauryn was involved in a relationship, she and her boyfriend had
an argument and he pushed her. Cartier found out about it, he went beserk
and pistol-whipped the boyfriend into unconsciousness.
would stay up late studying while Cartier was out hustling, Cartier even tried
his hand at rapping, he cut a few demos but abandoned the idea when he realized;
his skills weren't up to par and his flow was weak.
would eventually organize a crew of friends and become the biggest drug pusher
in his hood. Over time, he used drug profits to put Lauryn through college.
was making so much money, he moved his parents into a nice home, putting the
home in their names and he and Lauryn moved into a Hollywood penthouse until
she graduated. She eventually moved to Switzerland to begin her career
as a Swiss banker.
arrived in Switzerland; she learned the ends and outs of the banking industry.
evening, she was invited to a black tie function by a co-worker. Bankers,
politicians and drug lords were in attendance.
she went out on the balcony for fresh air, she turned around to face a German
man, he told her; someone at the party informed me that you are a banker.
I am in the market for someone who can launder my drug proceeds, I am willing
to pay a 2 percent commission; you can earn in a month what you earn in a year
at the bank. Although the offer was tempting, Lauryn declined.
was about to go back inside when a very handsome Latino man joined her on the
balcony, he introduced himself as Miquel Lopez. Lauryn threw up her hands
and said, look, I'm not interested in laundering money, leave me alone!
said, madam, I'm not interested in that either, I just wanted to tell you, you
are the most beautiful woman at this party.
spent the evening conversing with Miquel. From that night on, they dated
for six months and Miquel introduced her to a life of luxury and culture that
she was not accustomed to; he also lavished expensive gifts on her.
the weekends, they went to fine restaurants where they ate fondue with sourdough
bread cubes and pasteli. They dipped, dunked and swirled the fondue in
cheddar cheese before devouring it. From there, they went to the Swiss
Alps where Lauryn took beginner ski lessons.
stayed in a Swiss chalet with magnificent panoramic views. Afterwards, they
visited the Musee Roth art museum in Geneva. They finished the evening
on Lake Geneva where they walked hand in hand amongst the snow near Versoix.
last day was spent taking a ski lift overlooking the slopes with a spectacular
view of the Glacier from Jungfaujoch. At a distance, they watched the beauty
and grace of the hang-gliders and para-gliders. Later that evening, they
witnessed a village cow fight on their way to the Sherlock Holmes museum.
That night, they stayed in a mountain chalet outside of Switzerland. While
it snowed outside, they made love in front of an open log fireplace.
relationship started off as ideal until Miquel became too controlling and demanding. Lauryn decided to end the relationship. Miquel didn't take the
breakup too well but he respected Lauryn's decision. They remained friends
and continued to speak on a daily basis.
wasn't until later that Lauryn was informed that Miquel was one of the top arms
dealer in the world. The information didn't seem to bother her and she
continued associating with him.
back in the states, Cartier bought a convertible canary Ferrari with custom
made yellow rims. He was a big baller, he also dated a black actress;
he was also her drug supplier. She got him on the guest list of the hottest
clubs in town. She also introduced him to other actors and actresses.
Before long, Cartier was a celebrity drug dealer.
loved racing his Ferrari on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) with the top down, listening
to 50 Cent, Usher and Beyonce. One time, he ventured into his old neighborhood
driving his convertible Ferrari, he experienced so much resentment and hatred;
and his girlfriend loved hip-hop concerts, when the Anger Management Tour hit Los Angeles. They were in the front row, bopping their heads to the
beat. 50 and G-Unit were their favorites.
Cartier couldn't resist going back to the hood for some BBQ, he almost got jacked;
they escaped in the nick of time. When he complained, his girlfriend said,
what do you expect? Going in the hood with a Ferrari after dark, we lucky
to be alive.
was also a regular at the hip-hop parties around town; he supplied the drugs.
earned so much money; he opened up a small hip-hop record label for the sole
purpose of laundering money but the label was unable to meet the demand for
the large amounts.
called his sister, Sis, I need you. Lauryn took a leave of absence and was
on the next plane to Los Angeles.
Lauryn arrived, they moved into a home in Bel Air.
having a discussion with Cartier regarding business, this time, Lauryn decided
to enter the money laundering business.
got Lauryn employed in a bank known (on the black market) for their money laundering
activities in Los Angeles. She also hired two people (off the bank premises)
she could trust, they would never meet her; she gave them instructions via the
telephone, During conversations, she used a spy device that could determine
if the phone call was being taped from the other end.
began laundering money through the bank and additional businesses. She
purchased a yacht company in Miami and started laundering the money through
yacht purchases. She also funneled money through two Gentlemen clubs she
also got an idea from watching a Cable TV show where a boat was used to launder
money. She purchased a boat the next day, disguised it as a gambling casino
and began laundering money through St. Maartens (known as a drug laundry haven)
Portugal and Spain.
of Lauryn's creative and brilliant ability to launder money reached the ears
of drug lords. Before long, Lauryn became a kingpin in the money-laundering
diversified and began smuggling gold and high quality counterfeit foreign currencies.
also talked Cartier into using potassium permanganate on his product.
permanganate disinfects cocaine and makes it 100% pure. Drug lords all
over the world were trying to get their hands on it but the DEA had strict restrictions. Some drug pilots took the chance and transported it by the gallon
to South America.
also talked Cartier into diversifying his business; lets start smuggling potassium
permanganate along with cocaine? Cartier agreed.
called Miquel, he set her up with buyers across the globe.
profits were astronomical and Lauryn never returned to Switzerland. They
netted $2.5 million per month in profits.
also told Cartier, keep a low profile, trade your Ferrari in for a limousine
and driver and insulate yourself. Appoint someone as a figurehead for your organization.
carried herself like a successful female executive. She was often attired
in designer power skirt suits and Valentino dresses. She had her own personal
bodyguard/chauffer (Yves) who drove her around town in a Maybach limousine with
day, Lauryn exited a high-rise building in Century City in a chocolate skirt
suit, a designer brief case and Manolo Blahnik shoes. Two young men saw
her and said, damn, she is fine. They followed her limo for a couple of
miles until her chauffer pulled to the side of the rode. He got out of
the car and gestured for the young men to keep going.
took a break on Sundays; this day was reserved for relaxation in her private
penthouse. Lauryn didn't have time for a relationship; she patronized
a Hollywood escort agency set up for professional women. The agency tested their
escorts for HIV on a regular basis. Sometimes, she called the agency and
booked a male escort for the evening, always requesting dark skinned African-American
or Latino escorts. Other times, she would cook her favorite meal of roasted
chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas and white wine topped off with Cherry Garcia
ice cream as she listened to the sounds of Al Green and Luther Vandross in the
background. While she ate, she turned off the music and turned on the
television and watched a gospel sermon on cable television.
Lauryn and Cartier would go visit their parents on Sunday for dinner, when they
were in town. Since Lauryn and Cartier were making so much money, they would
often gift their parents with airline tickets to destinations all over the world.
town, Cartier entertained several women on his super king size bed in the Bel
Air home. He preferred brown skinned African-American women with long
hair, usually model types. He was attired in silk pajamas and Gucci loafers;
he had a cigar in his mouth as he watched the Playboy channel. He thought,
damn, life is good!
the next month, Lauryn laundered $100 million dollars in cash for crime lords
and drug cartels. She opened up dozens of sham accounts located in Mexico
and the Cayman Islands, she then converted the money into legal bank drafts
and checks that the cartel bosses could cash anywhere, no questions asked. This
procedure erases the drug origin of the money.
Cartier's couriers were delivering drugs to TV and film sets all over Hollywood. They also delivered drugs to movie moguls and they supplied Hollywood
parties with cocaine.
was good; Cartier and Lauryn could often be seen in a skybox at a Lakers game
or shopping on Rodeo Drive, where Cartier bought himself a Baume & Mercier
and Lauryn became fixtures on the Black Hollywood scene despite keeping a low
profile during the day. They even flew to Florida on a moment's notice
to attend a party an R&B superstar was hosting at his mansion, located in
the exclusive community of Star Island. They arrived by boat.
partied with A-list black actors and actresses as well as soap opera stars. Cartier was a chameleon; he could go from thug to class at the drop of
a dime, depending on the atmosphere. He also let his boys know, his sister
was off-limits, Cartier didn't think any man was good enough for Lauryn. If any of his boys made a pass at her or disrespected her; that would be grounds
for immediate termination or death.
could curse and talk shit with his homeboys and he had the ability to talk proper
and discuss business with potential clients. Cartier would wear thug attire
with his dawgs but when he did business, he wore $5,000 tailored suits
with solid gold cuff links and a platinum watch and tiepin.
man by the name of Paul Benton was a corrupt banker who wanted to get into the
lucrative money laundering business. He put the word out; he would be
willing to take a 1 percent commission on all profits unlike Lauryn Allen who
took a 2-5 percent commission.
had such a monopoly on the drug market; Benton only got one response. He was furious.
was a white man, how could a woman, yet a black woman take over this lucrative
market? He felt a sense of entitlement, sure, she was gorgeous but she
was still black. He would put her out of business. He planned
to start a rumor that she was skimming profits.
word got back to Lauryn. She called Miquel, who in turned called a wet work
mechanic (assassin) who went by the name of wet boy.
next morning, Paul Benton was found dead behind the wheel of his car.
and Cartier became so wealthy from their illegal endeavors that Lauryn called
an out of town meeting with her brother. After cigarette boating in the
Bahamas, she got down to business.
have become rich beyond our wildest dreams. It's time we become even more
invisible. We can't afford to be photographed or seen in public. We have to become insulated to avoid arrest, Cartier agreed. Few people have
seen me because I refuse to meet our clients in person and I've always did business
over pre-paid cell phones (untraceable). You need to do the same.
the next year, both siblings became virtually invisible as they traveled the
world and enjoyed life.
went to Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the few places where blacks are treated
like kings and queens and enjoyed a jazz festival. They also visited Algiers
and Athens. They enjoyed the Greek nightlife. Greek men were all over
Lauryn and the women were eyeing Cartier.
and Lauryn returned and invested heavily in real estate, all over the world. Lauryn also stashed money in off shore bank accounts in several countries.
The money was well hidden due to her expertise.
sibling was worth in excess of $75 million dollars.
business had become so successful, they controlled 50 percent of the drug market
in Los Angeles.
anyone tried to threaten their business, Lauryn called Miquel, the matter would
be resolved overnight. Miquel received a monthly payment for his services.
word was out, Lauryn and Cartier were untouchable, retaliation would be swift
and lethal; they had major power behind them, unlike any other black criminal
empire operating in the world.
that month, Cartier, his girlfriend Stacey and Lauryn attended a party hosted
by Miquel on a boat docked in Marina Del Rey.
tolerated Miquel with Lauryn only because Miquel proved useful to their organization.
was desperately trying to reconcile with Lauryn while Cartier flirted with Stacey.
had a elaborate buffet set out, which included: foie gras ravioli in truffle
bouillon, spring lamb with chopped parsley, risotto with clams, charcoal grilled
glithead sea bream, sauted tiger shrimp, Mediterranean red snapper, veal and
garlic boulangere potatoes accompanied by expensive red and white wines.
they ate, they had no idea, they were being recorded by the authorities.
a slide show presentation of footage shot from Miquel's boat. Tiffany , Jacks
McDonald, head of a federal law enforcement division, used a laser pointer to
identify the cast of characters.
is Miquel Lopez, an international arms dealer. This is his sometime girlfriend,
Lauryn Allen, she runs a successful drug-banking cartel. She launders
money for literally every drug cartel in the world.
is her brother, Cartier Allen, a drug lord who supplies the Hollywood elite. Brother and sister control over half of the drug market in California
and they also sell potassium permanganate to drug barons. Lauryn is the
kingpin and the brains behind the operation and she has their money hidden all
over the world in numerous offshore banking accounts.
added, damn, they're so good looking, they went into the wrong field; both would
have been successful at modeling.
we were lucky to get images of them, they are underground, hardly ever photographed
or seen in public.
turned off the projector. She looked around the room at her husband G-Mac
and co-workers, Lear, Dayna, Phelps and Nikki. She took a brief pause before
have been given orders to infiltrate their organization and to take them down,
story will conclude in Ballin 7.
Sherman H. Skolnick's website and "Broadsides."
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