Julianna Farrait, 70, is escorted by DEA agents to the Federal Court building in San Juan, Thursday, May 20, 2010.
*The 70-year-old wife of 1970s heroin dealer Frank Lucas, who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film “American Gangster,” was arrested Wednesday (May 19) after officials said she tried to sell 2 kilos of cocaine at a hotel in Puerto Rico.
Julianna Farrait appeared Thursday in court on charges of conspiracy to violate narcotics law. At press time, she had not entered a plea, nor had she been assigned an attorney from the public defender’s office. In fact, she said nothing in court, except to request that the judge speak to her in Spanish, according to the Associated Press. A judge will decide whether to grant her bail at an upcoming hearing.
Farrait husband, Frank Lucas, was a notorious Harlem heroin dealer who was arrested in January 1975 at his New Jersey home, where police seized more than half a million dollars. Lucas was convicted that year and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was released in 1991. Farrait served five years in that case.
Denzel Washington portrayed Lucas in director Ridley Scoot’s 2007 film, “American Gangster.” Farrait was played by Puerto Rican actress Lymari Nadal, who is married to actor Edward James Olmos.
Federal agents in New York had been following Farrait since February 2009 with help from an informant, according to the complaint.
In a recorded conversation on May 11, Farrait allegedly told an informant she had two kilograms (4 pounds) of cocaine in Puerto Rico and that another suspect had an additional eight kilograms (18 pounds) for buyers, according to the complaint.
On May 19, Farrait allegedly met with an informant at a hotel room in the Isla Verde and unveiled the drugs. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration then swooped in and arrested her, the complaint stated.