As of 2014, Frank Lucas works with his daughter's non-profit organization in the United States to provide shelter for the children of incarcerated parents. During the 1960s, Lucas was an infamous drug lord with networks in New York and suppliers in Thailand.
At the height of his drug trafficking operation, Lucas was reported to have over $52 million stored in banks at the Cayman Islands. During the 1970s and 1980s, Lucas was arrested on drug-related charges multiple times before finally being released from prison in 1991. After his release from prison, Lucas began a friendship with Richie Roberts, the investigator who had led the initial investigation into Lucas' drug trafficking business.