Albert "Alpo" Martinez, known as the "Mayor of Harlem," was a drug dealer with ties to organized crime. His drug empire was fueled by sales of heroin and cocaine that spanned the eastern seaboard of the United States, with concentrations in New York City and Washington, D.C. Martinez was an almost stereotypical dealer, flaunting his wealth through flashy clothes and expenditures. Eventually arrested in 1992, he eventually confessed to the murder of 14 different individuals in addition to drug-related crimes.Continue Reading
Martinez worked for several years in the 1980s with an Arizona-based partner named Rich Porter. After being arrested and confessing to his various crimes, Martinez was sentenced to life in prison. Afterward, he was able to work out a deal with the government to testify against another organized crime figure named Wayne Perry. In return for his testimony, his sentence was reduced to just 35 years, which he is serving in the ADX Florence maximum security prison.
In 2002, the life of Martinez was depicted in a feature film titled "Paid in Full." A hip-hop artist, Nas, also memorialized Martinez's time as a gangster in a song called "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)." Martinez will be eligible to be considered for parole in 2019.Learn more about Crime