Drug king in NYC, a federal witness killed in Harlem drive-by shooting

A notorious former drug lord in New York City who has become a federal witness was shot and killed Sunday after returning to his home court in Harlem, according to several reports.

Alberto “Alpo” Martinez, who once ran an empire for cocaine trafficking that stretched from New York City to Washington, DC for decades, was shot around 3:30 a.m. while sitting in the driver’s seat of a red Dodge Ram on West 147th Street near Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem.

Shots were fired through the driver’s side window and Martinez was beaten several times, including in the chest, chin and arm, a senior police official told The New York Times. Martinez had entered into witness protection after his release in 2015 from federal prison.

“This is a very preliminary investigation,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told Fox 5 DC. “We are investigating all aspects of what the motive would be, including his past. We have full confidence that as the investigation progresses, we will find justice and those responsible.”

The man carried a Maine ID named Abraham Rodriguez, but a top-ranking police officer also told the New York Daily News that his true identity was Martinez. The ball-filled truck had temporary Texas paper license plates. No arrests were made immediately.


“It was a long time coming. He had a lot of enemies,” said Seth Ferranti, a former convict who authored the book, “Crack, Rap and Murder: The Cocaine Dreams of Alpo and Rich Porter,” Fox News Digital reported. He wondered that anyone, from family members to those killed or insulted by Martinez to “young gangsters who know who he is and are trying to get some points” could have been held accountable.

“In the streets and in the criminal underworld, when you do such a thing, you are basically seen as a hero,” Ferranti said of Martinez’s recent killings. “You earn points, you earn streaks.”

“I was surprised Alpo was so brave and cheeky – the guy is not bulletproof,” Ferranti said, referring to Martinez’s move to return to Harlem while he was under witness protection. “Many of these mafia mobsters are on YouTube or the Internet as well-known informants who enjoy their fame and disgrace on social media, but they do not even return to where they came from.”

An NYPD vehicle in New York

An NYPD vehicle in New York

Martinez was pronounced dead on arrival at Harlem Hospital Center, according to the Times. Earlier videos posted on social media in 2019 showed he had been back to Harlem before and bragged to the crowds about killing his best friend and former business partner, Rich Porter.

“He was fearless, he was ruthless, and he basically didn’t care what others thought and did what he wanted,” Ferranti said. “The old street rhetoric, dead before disgraceful outlaws, is still there, especially in the criminal underworld and in prison, so something like that can catch up with you. It doesn’t always catch up with you. But in Alpo’s case, it did.”

The crooked friendship between Martinez and Porter was portrayed in the 2002 film “Paid In Full”. Rapper Jay-Z was among the producers of the film.

News of Martinez’s killing led to a party party for Porter in the streets of Harlem, the Daily News reported.

When Martinez accepted a lawsuit, Martinez had confessed to 14 murders, including the shooting of Porter in 1990. Weeks later, Porter’s 12-year-old brother, Donnell, also appeared dead after being kidnapped and detained for $ 500,000 in ransom. In an attempt to raise the money, Porter sold cocaine belonging to Martinez, so Martinez killed him.

“We waited a long time for this day to come and we are happy. That’s why we’re out here celebrating and drinking champagne,” a 37-year-old niece of Porter’s told the Daily News, reportedly pouring champagne. in a glass on a Harlem street Monday. “Everyone’s reaction right now is celebrating. It’s a party for Harlem, period. Not even my family.”

Those killed by Martinez also included a notorious Brooklyn drug dealer named Domencio Benson.


Martinez had further been branded a traitor by agreeing to testify in DC federal court against subversives of his criminal drug trafficking business, including Wayne Anthony Perry, who worked as his gang enforcer in Washington. Martinez’s gang was responsible for transporting more than 1,100 pounds into the country’s capital in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the Washington Post reported earlier.

To save himself a life sentence, Martinez was sentenced to 35 years in ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison in Colorado. He lived in a special area of ​​the prison known as “cheese factories”, neighborhoods for high-profile informants, referred to as “rats” in the criminal underworld, and entered into criminal protection upon his release. It is unclear if he was still in the program when he was killed.

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