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    Barnes and Organized Crime

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    During the 1970s, the "Black Mafia," was said to have controlled thirty percent of the illegal narcotics trade (mostly heroin and cocaine) in the black neighborhoods of major east coast cities. A leader of this type of organized crime group was Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, a gangster in the Harlem area of New York City.

    Research Barnes' history and operation, paying particular attention to the relationship between Barnes and his environment. Create a 4- to 5-page report in Microsoft Word document, expressing your views and address the points listed below. Utilize terminology from the course and explain your reasoning wherever possible. For your research, please use the South University Online Library and the Internet. You may also use ProQuest for your research. To access news stories covering the case through the years, type "Nicky + Barnes + heroin" in ProQuest.

    Your write-up should include answers to the following:
    •Provide a summary of Barnes' activities relating to organized crime, including the following:
    ◦What specific organized crimes did Nicky Barnes engage in?
    ◦Provide a review of the methods he employed—how were they different from other groups engaged in the same crimes?
    ◦How did Barnes' two stints in prison affect the development of his organization?
    ◦What unusual steps did Barnes take to guard against theft by his employees?
    •How does Barnes fit into the general typologies of organized crimes and organized criminals?
    •Why was the community so tolerant of Barnes' activities and operations?
    •Describe the structure of Barnes' operation. He employed many people-how were they organized? What was Barnes' role?
    •Barnes' organizational skills may have been useful in a legitimate
    business—why didn't he apply his skills in a legitimate business? Support your responses with examples.

    Support your answers with appropriate research and examples.

    Cite any sources in APA format.

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    http://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/drug-boss-leroy-nicky-barnes

    http://www.biography.com/people/nicky-barnes-481806#starting-a-new-life

    Your write-up should include answers to the following:
    •Provide a summary of Barnes' activities relating to organized crime, including the following:
    ◦What specific organized crimes did Nicky Barnes engage in?

    Nicky Barnes was engaged in large scale drug dealing wherein he made millions of dollars from his drug business, killed many people, and was a target for prosecution by the Drug Enforcement Agency. His environment as a child was very destructive in regard to providing a stable and healthy place for a child to establish a non-criminal lifestyle as his father was a heroin dealer, and his alleged first foray into the heroin trade emanated from one of the dealers who sold heroin to his father. Therefore, Barnes was a product of his environment in the sense that he was raised by a drug dealing father, began selling drugs and getting involved with gangs at an early age, and also became a heroin addict at an early age. Therefore, he was a prime candidate for someone who could relate to those engaging in drug activity, which is why he was able to successfully transition from an addict into a major drug kingpin.

    ◦Provide a review of the methods he employed—how were they different from other groups engaged in the same crimes?

    Nicky Barnes main rival was Frank Lucas, and his methods differed dramatically from Lucas's methods in regard to his connections within the Italian Mafia. Lucas kept his connections with Asian suppliers, which allowed him the autonomy to forgo any significant relationship with the Italian Mafia. In addition, Lucas chose to keep his primary circle placated upon his immediate family so as to prevent any potential for theft or informing to authorities. In contrast, ...

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