Harlem drug kingpin is finally going home
Notorious Harlem drug kingpin, Thomas “Guy” Fisher went home on October 28 after a 30-year bid. Fisher was released after he was granted a medical pardon.
Fisher’s past business
In the late 1970s, Fisher purchased and brought life back to the crumbling Apollo Theater in Harlem. He used the money he made during his time selling heroin.
Over time, enough evidence was gathered against his drug organization “The Council.”
The Council was responsible for the sale of heroin across the New York metro area.
Fisher and other drug dealers were well known for their success. If the streets knew them, the police did too. Moreover, the police searched for a way to tear The Council apart. The dismantling of the organization was bound to happen.
When it came time to bring Guy down, the infamous Nicky Barnes snitched. His motivation was Fisher’s alleged affair with Barnes’ mistress. If Barnes lacked a reason to open up, Fisher gave him good reason. Prior to that, Fisher stopped paying for Barnes’ lawyer fees.
Fisher’s failure to honor the bro code led to his downfall. It’s possible that Fisher got a taste of his own medicine.
Fisher was convicted of RICO violations: continuing criminal conspiracy, drug trafficking, and murder. He was sentenced to life without parole for his role in running a criminal enterprise.
Fisher was sent to Marion Federal Prison in Illinois. While incarcerated, Fisher wrote several novels, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and became a mentor to inmates. His education didn’t stop there – in 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in sociology.
Life after prison
Hopefully there will be some insight on Fisher’s plans. As a free man, maybe he will tap into his business sense. There’s a chance that Fisher will become a mentor outside the prison walls.