Editorial: NYC Drug Kingpin Alberto 'Alpo' Martinez Released From Prison

NYC Drug Kingpin Alberto 'Alpo' Martinez In His Younger Years


Alpo Martinez reached out to Don Diva’s CEO, Kevin Chiles through a mutual female friend. Alpo told the female friend, “Me and Kev were cool. Kev believes I told on him, and I just want to talk to him to set the record straight with him. Can you give him the message and get back to me.”

“We were all friends [Chiles, Porter, and Martinez]. Preceding him killing Rich we were all cool on the street. We hung out. We got money. The fact that he told on anyone is not okay for me, and there is nothing to discuss, but even if he didn’t tell, we still wouldn’t be good because he killed Rich. I’m not cool with how that went. –Kevin Chiles, CEO of Don Diva Magazine

The drug kingpins in Harlem during the crack era co-existed and were all cool with each other to a certain extent. Not necessarily friends, but they either got money together, or they partied together at one time or another. This has led to Harlem being divided on their feelings towards Alpo, even present day. There are players who are adamant in their stance that Alpo is a snitch; his legacy has been tarnished, and they want no parts of him. There are, of course, people who are neutral and have no opinion one way or another. But surprisingly, there are people who still correspond with him and have been for years and don’t see anything wrong with it.

Alpo hails from Spanish Harlem and rose to prominence in the coke game in the 80’s. Alongside Azie “AZ” Faison and Rich Porter, this trio–which the Roc-A-Fella movie Paid In Full was based on–revolutionized the cocaine trade in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem. Mainly through The Jukebox, a game room Faison set up on 145th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues where they hid money and drugs in video games like Pac-Man. The trio became local celebrities, flaunting exclusive cars, clothes, and jewelry, to the delight of admirers.

After a time, Alpo moved to Washington, D.C. to live with a girlfriend. The drug conviction of Rayful Edmond, who was the premier D.C. drug lord left a vacancy in the D.C. Drug trade. Alpo’s signature swagger and likability nature gained him popularity on the streets of the nation’s capitol, and he went on to become a kingpin in yet another city. His success in the game is largely due to Wayne “Silk” Perry, who Alpo befriended and recruited as his enforcer. Before long, Alpo was moving 30 kilos of coke per day. The money rolled in while the bodies hit the floor. Alpo would commit various murders in the name of maintaining his empire. The most notable of Alpo’s murders was the January 1990 murder of Rich Porter, his right-hand man.

The feds arrested Alpo Martinez on November 6, 1991. They hit him with various drug charges, along with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, including the murders of D.C. hustler Michael “Fray” Salters and Brooklyn dealer Domenico Benson. Though having done the deeds and knowing the rules of the game, Alpo couldn’t handle what he was facing; life behind bars or a possible death sentence. The Washington Post reported that as Alpo (25) appeared in court after his November 1991 arrest sniffling loudly as tears welled up in his eyes. Alpo began to cooperate with the federal government almost immediately. Along with telling on everyone he could, Alpo confessed to committing 14 brutal murders.

Alpo’s biggest betrayal was telling on Wayne “Silk” Perry, the man who protected him on the streets, with unyielding loyalty. Alpo told the government that Wayne killed Garrett ‘Gary’ Terrell (infamous drug lord in the D.C.) and Evelyn Carter (Hooker that could provide evidence Perry killed Michael Fray Salters.) On March 5, 1993, based on Alberto Martinez cooperation the feds brought a 27 count indictment against Perry. The indictment included the murders of 9 people in the furtherance of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE), racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, retaliating against a witness, kidnapping, and robbery. Wayne would be the first person in D.C. to face the death penalty since 1971. Perry negotiated a plea deal without cooperating with the government. Wayne pled to five counts of murder in the furtherance of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) for the killings of Domenico Benson, who was shot as he shook Alpo’s hand because he allegedly slapped Alpo’s wife in a previous altercation with her; Evelyn Carter, who was allegedly cooperating with police, she was shot in the head at close range leaving Constitution Hall; Yolanda Burley; Alveta Hopkins; and Garrett “Gary” Terrell. In return for his guilty plea, some of his relatives and friends were not indicted, and others received lesser sentences. Instead of the death penalty, Perry was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences without parole to serve his time in federal prison. Alpo was sentenced to 35 years in prison- under federal witness protection.

Though Alpo was regarded by some as a good dude that faced a sentence few men would eat, the rules are the rules. You don’t rat. Throughout the streets and in hip-hop, Alpo is largely regarded as the most infamous snitch that the streets have seen, and a snake for murdering his best friend, Rich Porter. Though Alpo isn’t locked down anymore, he’s still not free. He will have to move modestly and keep a low-key profile for the rest of his life when he’s used to being bigger than life, doing what he wants in the world.

Chrissy use to date big time dope boy Alpo Martinez back in her hay days. Which Cameron played him in Paid in Full which is an all time hood classic.. Little Bio on him: Alberto “Alpo” Martinez; Alberto “Alpo” Martinez was a Puerto Rican Drug Lord who rose to power in the 1980’s alongside Richie Porter and Azie Faison. The majority of his trade was centralized around the North East in cities of New York City, Virginia Beach and Washington DC. On the night of January 4th, 1990 Martinez and an accomplice murdered Rich Porter. Porter was murdered because of drug money he supposedly owed Martinez. In the issue of F.E.D.S. magazine he explains how he killed his good friend: “My man Gary shot him twice, but Rich didn’t die so than i shot him. I know he felt something because i had to pry his hands off the door knob. Did I kill Rich yes, yes i did kill Rich but it wasnt personal it was business”. Martinez was facing a life sentence for 13 homicides including the murder of Rich Porter.

They say that back in the day Chrissy was about her money and so she messed with Alpo and Rich Porter.

Rich put Alpo on and in return he killed him, over hate, jealous and a woman” and no not Chrissy.”

It is reported that Alpo also said that and in quote” “Yo, I’d still wife that. She had that ‘throw it back’...Shorty know how to throw it back. Real talk.” That is if she wasn’t dating Jim Jones… Alpo has been locked up in the 90’s’ – he had a life sentence, but he cooperated with authorities and snitched on a DC dude (Wayne “Silk” Perry) in return for a lessor sentence of 35 years. He goes up for parole in 2019.

In an interview with DonDiva:

DD: When did you meet Alpo?
WP: I met the rat Po in 89. I was out to destroy him over a lie a girl told me he said. I didn’t know him, he was scared to death, but he was with my close comrade, Lil Pop, who asked me not to kill Po.

DD: Why did you plead guilty to the murders?
WP: I didn’t cop out because of the death penalty. I live to die. I copped out to make sure others didn’t get life. I took the bull by the horns to save others. That’s the kind of man I am.

DD: After everything that went down, what are you feelings about Alpo?
WP: Make no mistake about it, Po is a spineless coward, a rat of the highest order. I will never understand how people praise and romanticize snitches, rats and sell-outs. I would die a thousand deaths before I ever compromised my principles as a man. As I think back, I always knew Po was weak and capable of everything he displayed. I had my reasons for not putting him in the dirt. I should have put the barrel in his mouth!

DD: Do you have any advice for the younger generation?
WP: It’s important that they never take the field and play the game that has no ending and no winners. The game has been tainted by rats. Nowadays, you can’t trust guys in the game, especially the ones that seem to be winning because as soon as the heat comes down they’re selling out. Kingpins are telling on foot soldiers and etc.

DD: Is it true that you legally changed your name?
WP: Yeah, my name is Nkosi Shaka Zulu-El. I got rid of my slave name and took on the Zulu name because they are a strong Black blood line of our ancestors who are the most hated Blacks of all time. I’m also Muslim now and my fate lies in the hands of Allah, the Most High.

Although Silk is gone he will always be remembered as one of the few that lived by the code and stood for death before dishonor, no matter what the cost.

Inmate Info: NKOSI SHAKA ZULU-EL 95884-004