Alberto Martinez better known as “Alpo” is a Harlem-bred drug lord, of Puerto Rican descent. He rose to power in the 1980s, alongside teenage friends Rich Porter, Kamal Ibrahim, and Azie Faison”AZ”. The majority of his Drug trade was centralized around the North East cities of New York City, Virginia Beach and Washington DC. Alpo was well known all over Harlem, and had a penchant for expensive clothes, jewelry, and exotic sports cars. For Fourth of July celebrations, he was known to buy upwards of $20,000 worth of fireworks. After Azie Faison was shot 7 times in a botched robbery attempt, Rich Porter and Alpo Martinez took over Drug operations in Harlem. Other main cities of operation were Washington D.C., and Virginia Beach. On the night of January 3, 1990, Martinez and an accomplice murdered Rich Porter. According to Martinez, Porter was murdered becadeath of Rich Porter, Alpo himself was later shot in D.C., supposedly by a known drug dealer named “Butter-Ball”, but survived. Shortly after arriving in D.C., he would be introduced to Wayne Perry, a notorious criminal from Washington D.C., who became his enforcer. Once the two teamed up, they started committing murders to protect their criminal enterprise. Wayne Perry was later tried and convicted on multiple counts of first degree murder (because of Alpo Martinez’ testimony) and is currently serving a life sentence at ADX Florence supermax. Alpo is currently serving a life sentence for 14 homicides including the murder of Rich Porter.
The whole purpose, of telling history is for the next generation not to repeat the ills.
There is an old saying, that “Where there is life there is hope”. Alberto “alpo” martinez indeed is serving life in prison for the wages of the lifestyle he led. But even with consequences of his actions he has time to reflect on his life, and what he has done to survive and keep up his position. Enough time to see himself and reason with his own soul. Though his ability to the outside life is gone, and he has to spend the rest of his life in prison, He also has time to touch those most whom he had influence over.. from that generation till now. Life is short..but for most people it takes longer to see it has more value than people take it for. Better 4 walls of a prison than walls of a grave, Im sure alpo has learned much, i hope this generation does the same. Food for thought.
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