Drug dealer Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez reportedly killed in drive-by shooting in Harlem

A MAN allegedly identified as notorious Harlem drug kingpin Alpo Martinez was shot dead in a drive-by shooting.

The shooting occurred on W 147th Street near Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem at around 3:20am on Sunday, according to the New York Daily News.

Cops told the outlet that the victim was struck in the chest after a hail of bullets reportedly rained down on his Dodge Ram.

The 55-year-old reportedly succumbed to his injuries after he was rushed to Harlem Hospital.

Although the victim's identity has not been confirmed, reports from The Source, as well as social media users in the area, suggest that it was the infamous drug dealer.

One Twitter user wrote: "Alpo Martinez was gunned down in Harlem today. 55 years old recently released from prison."

Another claimed Martinez was killed leaving a night club, writing: "Sad all around. #AlpoMartinez truck near 2756 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

"And it's confirmed from multiple sources that alpo was killed in a drive by shooting after leaving a night club"


Martinez, born Alberto Geddis Martinez, was a legendary crime figure who rose to fame in the 1980s after becoming one of the most successful drug dealers in New York City, and eventually expanding his operation to Washington, DC.

He was indicted in 1990 along with two other men on federal drug charges and was arrested the next year on additional murder charges for the deaths of two other dealers.

After agreeing to testify against other dealers in exchange for a plea deal, he received a 35-year sentence.

He was reportedly released from federal prison in 2015 at the age of 49.

Martinez's character was also played by Cam'ron in the 2002 film Paid In Full, which documents the life and times of the Harlem underground drug trade.

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