Frank Lucas Biography – Frank Lucas Wiki
Frank Lucas was an American drug trafficker. Lucas was born in La Grange, North Carolina, and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina before moving to New York City, where he eventually got into the drug trade, cutting into the Italian mafia’s business and carving a name for himself.
Lucas gained notoriety as a real-life “gangster” in the 60’s and 70’s dealing heroin in Harlem. His claim to fame was that he managed to cut out the middlemen by buying his product directly from Southeast Asia, then smuggling the drugs back to America using the coffins of dead U.S. servicemen.
Lucas was finally busted in the mid-1970s. He was convicted of federal and state drug violations … and sentenced to 70 years in prison. Lucas ratted out others in the drug biz, and he and his family entered a witness protection program.
After 5 years in custody, Frank had his sentence reduced to time served plus lifetime parole … but he was later busted for drug dealing again and spent another 7 years behind bars before being released in 1991.
Frank Lucas Age
He was born on September 9, 1930, in La Grange, North Carolina, United States. He died on May 30, 2019, in New Jersey at the age of 88.
Frank Lucas Family
He was the son of Mahalee and Fred Lucas.
Frank Lucas Wife (Julianna Farrait)
Lucas was married to Julianna Farrait-Rodriguez, a homecoming queen from Puerto Rico.
Frank Lucas Children
Lucas had seven children; Francine Lucas-Sinclair, Frank Lucas Jr., Ray Lucas, Betty Lucas, Candace Lucas, Ruby Lucas, and Tony Walters.
Frank Lucas Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. When he was busted in the mid-1970s, all of his enormous assets and wealth were seized. Lucas owned property across the country in Chicago, Miami, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina — and even Puerto Rico. When the Drug Enforcement Administration raided Frank’s Jersey home in 1975, agents found more than $584,000 in cash.
Frank Lucas Death
Lucas died on May 30, 2019, in New Jersey. He was 88.
Frank Lucas Cause of Death
Frank Lucas’ cause of death was not revealed.
Frank Lucas American Gangster
Lucas’ life of crime was famously portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2007 movie “American Gangster,” a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott.
American Gangster premiered in New York, the movie’s main setting, on October 20, 2007. It was released on November 2 of the same year in the US and Canada.
American Gangster was nominated for twenty-one awards, including two Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee), and won three including a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Dee.
Frank Lucas Nationality
Lucas was of American nationality.