Alpo Martinez, an American drug dealer of Puerto Rican descent from Harlem, New York City is being reported to have been shot on the morning of October 31, 2021, in his hometown.
Martinez rose to prominence in the mid–1980s as he expanded his drug trade to other cities, notably Washington, DC. He was released in 2015 while serving a 35-year sentence for 14 counts of murder at ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison located in Fremont County, Colorado. Martinez was released after testifying against former associates and has since been living under a United States witness protection program.
Martinez was portrayed by Cam’ron in the 2002 movie “Paid In Full” which is based on the story of Martinez and his partners Rich Porter and Azie Faison. He was profiled on a 2012 episode of the TV series “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” and name-checked by numerous rappers, including Nas in “Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)” and songs by Jay-Z and 50 Cent. Martinez had an estimated net worth of $1million.
Alpo Martinez Shot Dead
Martinez was killed in a drive-by shooting as he sat in his 2017 Dodge Ram at 147th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard around 3:30 a.m. October 31. He was shot five times and was 55 years old. Martinez, whose last known address was in Maine, was rushed to Harlem Hospital but couldn’t be saved.
A high-ranking police source in a statement to NYPost said Martinez was in danger as soon as he returned to his old stomping ground. “You were in the witness protection program because you testified against other drug dealers,” the source said.
“You’d make a lot of enemies who have a score to settle,” the source said. “When you return to the same area, word will get out very fast. He’s back in the zone.”
The source, who said Martinez’s vehicle had paper plates from Texas, said it wasn’t clear if Martinez had left witness protection entirely or was just back for a visit. Photos from the scene showed his bullet-ridden, red truck.
Alpo Martinez Wife & Children
The only mention of Martinez’s wife was during his arrest on November 7, 1991. At the time, Martinez who was then 25 was arrested alongside his wife as per the Washington Post.
Dressed in a brown leather coat and jeans, Martinez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Alan Kay and refused to waive extradition to Virginia. Kay ordered him detained pending a removal hearing on Nov. 15, 1991.
Martinez said little during the brief hearing but sniffled loudly as tears welled in his eyes. Martinez’s wife, who Abbenante said was in the truck when Martinez was arrested, cried throughout the hearing. As he left, Martinez told an associate to “look after her.”
Martinez had a son, rapper Randy Harvey, who uses stage name, Popperazzi Po. Harvey is the CEO of O3GMG music label and has over 21.1K followers on Instagram. It is unknown who Harvey’s mother is.