A Conversation Between Frank Lucas and Nicky Barnes, New York Magazine. During the Harlem heroin plague of the 1970's, few dealers were bigger than Frank Lucas and Leroy “Nicky” Barnes. Both made millions selling dope, lived the wide-brimmed-hat high life, enabled the addiction of whole neighborhoods, and, eventually, got caught. Both were locked up and later cooperated with authorities. Both insist they were businessmen, first and foremost.
Tied as a boy to heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, 'Pistol Pete' Rollock came up in the game in the projects of the Bronx. Amidst the 1980s crack epidemic, Rollock earned his infamous nickname after starting his own gang—Sex, Money, Murder. He incorporated his drug business in Delaware and the first gang to have issued paychecks and paying taxes using a payroll company.