Frank Lucas The American Gangster

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Frank Lucas The American Gangster Frank Lucas was born in La Grange, North Carolina on September 9, 1930. He made a living in Harlem, New York in the 1960’s and 70’s as a heroin dealer and organized crime boss. He was successful mainly for cutting out the middleman and buying his heroin directly from Southeast Asia. A rumor, denied by Leslie Atkinson, was that he smuggled heroin into the U.S. in the coffins of dead servicemen (American Gangster True Story). Much of Frank Lucas’s childhood life explains his motivation for living a life of crime. When he was 12 years old he witnessed the death of his cousin by the KKK for looking at a Caucasian woman in Greensboro, North Carolina (American Gangster True Story). Being young he was committing petty crimes until he engaged in a fight with his employer. He fled to New York where he drifted through petty crimes and pool hustling until gangster Bumpy Johnson took him under his wing. After Johnson’s death, Lucas broke the monopoly that the Italian mafia held in New York. He did this by cutting out the middleman and getting his heroin directly…show more content…
“Blue Magic”, the infamous name of his heroin, was one hundred percent pure when it was shipped from Thailand (American Gangster True Story). Lucas was worth somewhere around 52 million dollars, most of it being in banks on the Cayman Islands. He also had 1000 kilograms of heroin on hand having a potential profit of 300,000 dollars per kilogram (Jacobson). He owned property in Detroit, L.A., Miami, Chicago, Puerto Rico, and a several thousand acre ranch in North Carolina. He preferred to dress casually as to not attract attention to himself from the police although he paid off many of them for protection from incarceration

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