Called Mr. Untouchable, Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes became one of the most infamous drug dealers in New York during the s. He helped found a criminal organization known as "The Council," which handled a large share of the city's heroin trade. In March , he was arrested, jailed, and eventually released into the Witness Protection Program in Barnes was born on October 15, , in New York City. According to his autobiography, Mr. Untouchable , Barnes started selling drugs at an early age.
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With that, the man asked the waitress for a doggy bag for his grilled salmon, and left. Moreover, he was in fact no longer Nicky Barnes even by name. Convicted in , imprisoned for more than two decades, he ultimately testified against his former associates, ensuring their convictions, and was released into the federal witness protection program under a new identity. The new Nicky Barnes promptly submerged himself so thoroughly in mainstream America that barely anyone beyond his immediate family knew his new name, his whereabouts or even whether he was still alive. But now it can be said that Nicky Barnes is definitely not around anymore, in any form. This week, one of his daughters and a former prosecutor, both speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Mr.
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In , Barnes formed The Council , a seven-man African-American organized crime syndicate that controlled a significant part of the heroin trade in the Harlem area of New York City. Barnes was sentenced to life imprisonment , eventually becoming a federal informant that led to the collapse of The Council in In , Barnes released a book, Mr. A good student in his youth, Barnes left home early to escape his abusive alcoholic father, turning to drug dealing for income. Barnes himself became addicted to heroin for several years in his 20s until spending time in jail, when he ended his addiction.
According to the New York Times , Barnes died aged 78 — or possibly 79 — in The news was not known until now, the newspaper said, because Barnes had entered the federal witness protection program. The Guardian could not independently confirm the report. American Gangster also starred Russell Crowe as a cop.