Infamous American Drug Kingpin Depicted in Famous Movie Dies at 88

May 31, 2019May 31, 2019

One of America's most infamous criminals has passed away. Infamous drug kingpin Frank died Thursday night, according to TMZ.

Frank was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2007 movie "American Gangster." He died in New Jersey, according to his brother.

While it's not known what he died from, he was in the process of being taken to the hospital when he died.

Lucas rose to power dealing heroin in Harlem in the 1960s and 1980s.

According to TMZ, "He boasted of cutting out middlemen by buying his product directly from Southeast Asia then smuggling the drugs back to America using the coffins of dead U.S. servicemen."

Frank was arrested in the mid-1970s. All of his assets were seized including property in Chicago, Miami, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico.

When the DEA raided Frank's Jersey home in 1975, agents found more than $584,000 in cash. Frank was convicted of federal and state drug violations and sentenced to 70 years in prison.

After he gave evidence on other drug dealers, he and his family were entered into witness protection. After 5 years in custody, Frank had his sentence reduced to time served plus lifetime parole.

Later, he was arrested for drug dealing again and spent another 7 years behind bars. He was released in 1991.

Frank is survived by his 7 children. He was 88 at the time of his passing.