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Inside The Downfall Of Rich Porter, The Legendary Harlem Crack Dealer

Inside The Downfall Of Rich Porter, The Legendary Harlem Crack Dealer

Richard “Money Rich” Porter earned $50,000 per week from selling crack New York City in the mid-80s, until he was shot dead by his accomplice Alpo Martinez in the year 1990.

For innocent victims and bystanders being caught in the crossfires The 1980s crack epidemic was a post-apocalyptic nightmare. For the 25-year-old Rich Porter and his Harlem group this was heaven on Earth. Even though his fellow Harlemites and the New York Police Department considered him to be a moderate crack dealer, Porter was raking in $50,000 per week.

For a brief period in the past, the Harlem native was awash with flashy clothing, beautiful ladies, luxurious automobiles and street fame. The story was chronicled in the movie of the same name in 2002 “Paid In Full” However Porter’s extravagant lifestyle eventually ended up affecting his lifestyle in the year 1990. A rival gang brutally mutilated and killed his brother, who was 12 years old, Porter was murdered in cold blood by a fellow.

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“Rich lied to me about something there was no reason to lie about,” said Alpo Martinez. “I offered him the chance to speak the truth not just once but twice. He did not die (after my partner shot him in the chest], so I gunned him down in his head. It was not personal. The issue was one of business.”

Rich Porter And Boom Of Crack In New York

Born on the 26th of July 1965 located in New York City, Richard Porter was the oldest of three children loved and taken care of with their mom Velma. The younger sister Patricia aged three was a year younger than him, and William was his older brother. William was born at the time that Porter was already an teen. By the time he was a teenager, Porter had already begun throwing crack around Harlem.

Porter quickly rose up the ranks quickly. Friends from the Borough Alpo Martinez, and Azie Faison soon joined forces as dealers with them and Porter was the leader of a group that included street level dealers. Attracted by his wealth the public began to call his name “Richie Rich” or “Money Rich.” In the time he reached early 20s, he had several dozen luxurious automobiles, and it was believed that he was never to wear the exact dress more than once.

Confronted with economic inequalities and the lack of opportunities Rich Porter had committed to the life as a drug dealer. However, a lot of his spare time was spent in taking care of his parents and siblings along with the children he raised: Reshonia, Rhea, and Donnell.

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The world changed abruptly at the time of 4 p.m. on the 5th of December 1989, when 12 year old William had not returned to his home after school. Velma Porter went towards Public School 92 at 222 West 134th Street herself, hoping to find him on the waybut was informed that he wasn’t there that day at all. After an hour she found out the reason.

“Mommy, they have me,” the crying child cried on the phone. “I don’t know what they want.”

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