The fact that James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond was named as a federal informant by the New York Daily News caught many by surprise. Still, several notorious criminals have also provided information to authorities. It seems as if the “Stop Snitching” code of silence is just a code big gangsters use to stop people from telling on them, and does not apply to the big time dealers.
5. Alberto “Alpo” Martinez
Alberto “Alpo” Martinez was a drug dealer from Harlem who made an obscene amount of money selling heroin and cocaine on the whole East coast. Along with fellow drug dealers, AZ and Rich Porter, Alpo would make a name for himself due to his expensive clothes, jewelry and violence in the 1980s. In 1992, he was arrested in Washington D.C. for selling drugs. After sentenced to life, he testified against the D.C. enforcer, Wayne Perry, in exchange for a lighter sentence.
4. Sammy “The Bull” Gravano
Sammy “The Bull” Gravano was an underboss for the Gambino crime family and John Gotti’s right hand man. After the FBI played tapes of Gotti disrespecting Gravano, Gravano decided to turn in 1991 and testify against Gotti. After joining the Witness Protection Program, Gravano would go back to his old ways, running an ecstasy ring in Arizona.
3. Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas was another notorious Harlem drug dealer who followed in the steps of his mentor, Bumpy Johnson. Lucas would sell tons of heroin across the East coast through a connection in Vietnam. At his height, Lucas claimed that he would make 1 million dollars a day. After being caught with drugs and money, Lucas was sentenced to a 70-year sentence. To avoid the sentence, Lucas would provide information that would lead to the arrests of 100 people, and joined the witness protection program.
2. James “Whitey” Bulger
James “Whitey” Bulger is perhaps Boston’s most notorious gangster. He rose through the criminal elements in Boston eventually gaining control of the poor Irish area of South Boston. Bulger would use a childhood friend, John Connolly, an FBI agent, to take down his enemies in Boston while providing information to the FBI. Eventually, Bulger would go on the run after being informed by Connolly that the FBI was planning to arrest him. Bulger was recently captured after sixteen years on the run.
1. Leroy “Nicky” Barnes
Leroy “Nicky” Barnes is yet another legendary Harlem drug dealer. During the 1970s, Barnes would control the Heroin trade in Harlem. Barnes would wear a lot of flashy clothes and drive expensive cars setting a precedent for other Harlem drug dealers to follow. After appearing on the New York Times Magazine cover with a fur coat on, he drew the attention of President Jimmy Carter, who ordered the Attorney General to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. After being convicted and sentenced to jail, Barnes would learn that some of his associates were sleeping with some of his women. Barnes ended up testifying against 44 of his former cohorts, which led to the convictions of 16 of them including legendary drug dealer, Guy Fischer.