Forty years ago today: Indictment in $50 million heroin operation

Thirty people were indicted in a $50-million-a-year operation distributing heroin in Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. One of those indicted, Frank Lucas, was accused of running the operation from jail, where he was serving 70 years. Lucas was said to have considered a plan to murder his chief competitor in Harlem, Leroy (Nicky) Barnes.
Meanwhile, three days later, an 11-year-old boy was arrested for dealing on West 115th Street. Cops seized two pounds of heroin and $1,400 from the boy and his teenage accomplice.
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Source: New York Times

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