Frank Lucas Frank Lucas is a former heroin dealer and organized crime boss. Frank Lucas ran a successful drug operation in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lucas is well-known in the crime circles for buying heroin directly from his source in the Golden Triangle. In the 2007 a feature film was made about Frank Lucas’ career titled, American Gangster, actor Denzel Washington played the role of Lucas.
Frank Lucas witnessed the murder of his 12-year-old cousin by the Ku Klux Klan. After Lucas fled to New York he began his career with petty crime and pool hustling in Harlem. Eventually he met and hooked up with gangster Bumpy Johnson. After Johnson’s death, Lucas realized he had to break the monopoly that the Italian mafia held in New York is he wanted to be successful so he traveled to Bangkok, Thailand where he met and enlisted the help of former U.S. Army sergeant Leslie “Ike” Atkinson, who was married to one of Lucas’s cousins.
Later Atkinson, was nicknamed “Sergeant Smack” by the DEA, he claims he helped Lucas smuggled drugs in furniture shipments and not in dead soldier’s casket as have been previously reported. Lucas married Julianna Farrait, a homecoming queen from Puerto Rico; they have been married for 40 years. Lucas has a total of seven children; he was released from prison in 1991.
How Frank Lucas Made His Money – Organized Crime Boss
Estimated Net Worth: $1.5 Million
Birthday: September 9, 1930