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Unsung Heroes: The fixers who help tell the stories of the violent drug underworld

By Niko Vorobyov

Over the past few years, I’ve been putting together a book, Dopeworld, about the international war on drugs. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a horse in this race, having spent a year in the hoosegow for distributing various brain-tickling treats, and I drew upon that experience. I’ve also travelled…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 25, 2019 at 2:29pm — No Comments

The Untouchables: How Britain’s top gangsters got rich off armed robberies and smuggling tons of drugs

By Peter Walsh

At the start of the 1990s, Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise noted the domination of the cannabis trade by established organized crime. The freewheeling yachtsman who had previously been so important in trafficking hashish from Morocco had been superseded by a close-knit group of hardened men considered to be…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 15, 2019 at 2:02pm — No Comments

New York Mafia associate Paul Ragusa sentenced to 6 years in prison on gun charges

By David Amoruso

Alleged New York Mafia associate Paul Ragusa was sentenced to 6 years in prison on Tuesday for possessing nine firearms, including three automatic assault rifles and a silencer. 48-year-old Ragusa was busted in Operation OTremens, a joint investigation which unearthed a partnership between Mafia families…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 11, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

Baltimore gangster arrested by FBI in Dominican Republic after spending two years on the lam

By David Amoruso

Fugitive Roger “Milk” Taylor (photo above) was arrested by authorities this week after spending two years on the run. Taylor was wanted on federal drug charges in Baltimore and is alleged to be a member of Trained to Go, one of the city’s most violent gangs.

28-year-old Taylor had gone on the lam in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 5, 2019 at 12:40pm — No Comments

The King of Heroin: Profile of drug boss Sadullah Unnu, who flooded Europe with dope

By Milko

Turkish-Dutch drug boss Sadullah Unnu is nicknamed “The King of Heroin.” A pretty clear indication of his chosen occupation and top selling product. Born in Turkey and raised in the Netherlands, he roamed through Europe as he built an expansive network that pushed dope into the veins of European…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 16, 2019 at 7:08am — No Comments

Aryan Brotherhood gangsters directed violent crimes and murder from inside California's most secure prisons

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Sixteen members and associates of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang were charged with racketeering and murder on Thursday after a long-running investigation into drug trafficking and violence inside and outside of California’s most secure prisons.

Nine defendants have been arrested on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 9, 2019 at 6:59am — No Comments

From Rags to Riches - Profile of Harlem drug kingpin Leroy "Nicky" Barnes



By David Amoruso



Leroy "Nicky" Barnes is a legend of African American organized crime history. Once a dope fiend himself, he kicked the habit, and became the main distributor of heroin in Harlem, NY. In 2007 his autobiography "Mr Untouchable: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Heroin's Teflon Don" was released. In it Barnes tells his story. How he…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 9, 2019 at 5:09am — 2 Comments

Jumping Bail: How legendary drug kingpin Frank “Black Caesar” Matthews disappeared forever

By Ron Chepesiuk

“Mr. Deary, am I going to get that life count they’ve been talking about?” - Frank Matthews

July, 2, 1973, a typical hot, muggy day in New York City. Frank Matthews, alleged drug kingpin, is scheduled to appear in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York. He is already facing…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 8, 2019 at 9:06am — No Comments

“American Gangster” Frank Lucas dead at 88

By David Amoruso

Former Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas passed away yesterday. He was 88. Lucas was immortalized in 2007 with the release of “American Gangster”, which detailed his rise and fall but fictionalized a lot of events. Denzel Washington starred as Lucas.

Born in North Carolina, Lucas moved to New York after the Ku Klux Klan…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 31, 2019 at 3:16pm — No Comments

In the Irish city of Dublin, a crew known as “The Family” is flooding the streets with heroin and cocaine

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Police in Ireland busted a member of what media call “a veteran crime gang known as The Family” and seized almost €300,000 euros of drugs. A 48-year-old man was arrested on Monday night in Ballyfermot, a suburb of Dublin.

Authorities are withholding the man’s identity, as is custom…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 16, 2019 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Female United Blood Nation boss sentenced to over 17 years in prison on drug and gun charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A female leader of the “Billie East Side Bloods,” a gang that is part of the United Blood Nation, and several gang members were sentenced to prison on drug and gun charges on Tuesday. At sentencing, the judge characterized the group as one of the most dangerous criminal organizations the federal…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 22, 2019 at 10:33am — No Comments

Bronx auto body shops fixed cars and users’ lust for heroin, fentanyl and cocaine

By David Amoruso

Nine members of a drug ring were arrested on Wednesday and charged with trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine through an auto body shop in the Bronx, New York. “These defendants were a network that outwardly offered to fix cars but was really an organization that would supply a fix of heroin or…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 1, 2019 at 2:47am — No Comments

Rhode Island drug trafficker faces up to life in prison for distributing heroin in southeastern Connecticut

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A Rhode Island drug trafficker faces life imprisonment after having been found guilty on Wednesday of distributing large amounts of heroin. 30-year-old Eddy Pena was busted after several heroin overdoses in southeastern Connecticut sparked an investigation.

The overdoses include two deaths…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 22, 2019 at 1:26am — No Comments

Elusive drug boss Frank Matthews to hit the big screen: From narco billionaire at 28 to mysterious phantom

By David Amoruso

Drug boss Frank Matthews came up like a rocket. His organization made hundreds of millions from drug trafficking, billions in today’s currency. When authorities closed in, he jumped bail in 1973 and vanished with his girlfriend and $20 million. He remains a wanted man. “He disappeared off…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 13, 2019 at 4:55am — No Comments

Two members of Queens-based Black Rain drug crew charged in 1992 cold case slayings

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Justice never forgets. Two members of the New York drug crew Black Rain were indicted for their role in two 1992 murders. Both men are now into their 50s and 60s but will face charges for these cold case murders and other crimes dating back to the early 1990s.

60-year-old Darin “Satch”…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 8, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Afghan man trafficking heroin to U.S. to fund Taliban terror groups caught in DEA sting operation

By David Amoruso

Sometimes wars cross paths. In the case of Haji Abdul Satar Abdul Manaf (photo above), an Afghani accused of importing heroin into the United States and engaging in narco-terrorism for both the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, the wars on drugs and terror intertwine into a dangerous…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 8, 2019 at 5:34am — No Comments

Black P-Stone gangster pleads guilty to heroin trafficking conspiracy

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of the Black P-Stone gang pleaded guilty on February 1, 2019, to participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy. 36-year-old Arthur Taylor participated in a crew that was responsible for distributing more than 100 grams of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 7, 2019 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Two more sentenced as a result of Operation Dirty Bird targeting heroin trafficking organization

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Two men were sentenced to prison on Friday as a result of Operation Dirty Bird, an extensive federal, state, and local investigation aimed at dismantling a large-scale heroin trafficking network based in Ascension Parish,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 2, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

End of violence as enforcer for Donald White drug organization gets life for murder and heroin trafficking

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

An enforcer for a St. Louis drug trafficking group was sentenced to life in prison Thursday on narcotics conspiracy and murder charges. 55-year-old Donald “OG” Stewart was recruited as a shooter for the organization led by Donald White and engaged in multiple acts of violence, prosecutors…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 26, 2019 at 2:00am — No Comments

Triads: Origins of the Chinese Mafia

By David Amoruso

The Chinese Mafia - better known as the Triads - has a complicated history seeped in political conflict that occurred centuries ago, when emperors and dynasties ruled China and monks used kung fu to rise up against their oppressors.

During its long and rich history China has seen a lot of bloodshed. Centuries ago Chinese…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 8, 2019 at 11:18am — No Comments

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