Mr. Untouchable: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Heroin's Teflon Don
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Mr. Untouchable: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Heroin's Teflon Don

by Leroy Barnes, Tom Folsom
     
 

From inside the Federal Witness Protection Program, the "Black Godfather" chronicles the 1970s New York City underworld and the most devastating urban crime wave in history.

1962 LEROY "NICKY" BARNES walks out of Green Haven State Prison. There are an estimated 153,000 heroin abusers in the United States.

1977 Two million junkies score $100 million worth of

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From inside the Federal Witness Protection Program, the "Black Godfather" chronicles the 1970s New York City underworld and the most devastating urban crime wave in history.

1962 LEROY "NICKY" BARNES walks out of Green Haven State Prison. There are an estimated 153,000 heroin abusers in the United States.

1977 Two million junkies score $100 million worth of Barnes's smack a year. Sporting flashy suits, riding in a Citroën with a Maserati engine and satisfying a wife while pleasuring a harem of mistresses, Barnes presides over a staggering multinational dealership that pushes dope and launders money with the efficiency of a Fortune 500 company. Despite President Nixon's creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration and New York State's adoption of the no tolerance Rockefeller drug laws, Barnes's operation seems impregnable.

How does a small-time hustler and heroin addict end up on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as MR. UNTOUCHABLE, the one gangster the Feds can't touch? And how is the future Mayor of New York City Rudolf Giuliani involved? With Machiavellian pragmatism matched with biblical fury, Barnes lays bare his life's remarkable trajectory--a rise, fall and resurrection defined by brutality, brotherhood and betrayal.

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The New York Times called him Mr. Untouchable; others pegged him the Heroin King of Harlem or the Black John Gotti. Whatever his tag, Leroy "Nicky" Barnes kept New York City's inner city awash in heroin for more than a decade. Arrested, convicted and sentenced to life without parole for drug trafficking, Nicky spent four years in the cooler before he decided to become a very talkative Witness Protection candidate. Now free after spending 21 years behind bars, Barnes tells the story of life and afterlife as a drug kingpin.

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ISBN-13:
9781590710418
Publisher:
Rugged Land, LLC
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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