The infamous drug kingpin, Frank Lucas, whose life story was depicted in the film, American Gangster, has passed away at the age of 88.
He died on Thursday night in route to a New Jersey hospital for an unknown illness.
Frank was born and raised in North Carolina and got into the drug trade, cutting into the Italian mafia’s business and carving a name for himself when he moved to New York.
In his days, he bragged that his heroin was among the purest on the street, and he infamously dubbed his product, “Blue Magic.”
Frank rubbed elbows with elites from Hollywood, politics and the business world while he was at the top of the drug trade in New York.
Frank was finally busted in the mid-1970s and all of his properties across the country in Chicago, Miami, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina — and even Puerto Rico – were seized
When the DEA raided Frank’s Jersey home in 1975, agents found more than $584,000 in cash.
He was convicted of federal and state drug violations and bagged a 70 years sentenced in prison. He and his family entered a witness protection program after he ratted out others in the drug trade. He is survived by his 7 children.