Wife of 70s Harlem Kingpin Arrested by DEA in Puerto Rico; Husband Inspired Film “American Gangster”

american-gangsterBy Allan Lengel

This time it’s no movie.

The DEA  last week arrested the wife of a 1970s Harlem heroin dealer Frank Lucas, who inspired the Denzel Washington film “American Gangster”, for trying to sell two kilos of heroin at a Puerto Rico hotel, the Associated Press reported.

Julianna Farrait, 70, appeared Thursday in court. Back in 1975, Lucas was busted at his New Jersey home with half a million dollars, AP reported. He was convicted and released from prison in 1991. Farrait served five years in that case.

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