The drug lord Frank Lucas
Dead at 88 …
Played by Denzel in & # 39; American Gangster & # 39;
05/31/2019 10:34 AM PDT
Frank Lucas, one of the most infamous drug lords of the United States, died Thursday night … TMZ has confirmed.
Frank, famous played by Denzel Washington In the 2007 film "American Gangster", he died in New Jersey, according to his brother. They tell us that Frank was being transferred to a hospital for an unknown health problem and died on the way.
Lucas came to the power of heroin in Harlem in the 60s and 70s, and boasted of eliminating intermediaries by buying their product directly from Southeast Asia … and then bringing the drugs to the United States with the coffins of dead soldiers from the United States.
Frank was born and raised in North Carolina before moving to New York City … where he eventually became involved in drug trafficking, cut off the Italian mafia business and made a name for himself.
Lucas boasted that his heroine was among the purest of the street, and nicknamed his infamous product "Blue Magic." While he was at the top of the drug trade in New York, Frank rubbed elbows with Hollywood elites, politics and the business world.
Frank was finally arrested in the mid-1970s and all his enormous badets and wealth were confiscated. Lucas owned property throughout the country in Chicago, Miami, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and even Puerto Rico.
When the DEA raided Frank's home in Jersey in 1975, agents found more than $ 584,000 in cash.
Frank was convicted of federal and state drug violations … and sentenced to 70 years in prison. Lucas annoyed others in the drug business, and he and his family entered a witness protection program.
After 5 years of custody, Frank's sentence was reduced to time served plus parole for life … but then he was arrested again for drug trafficking and spent another 7 years behind bars before being released from prison. 1991
Frank is survived by his 7 children. He was 88 years old.