ALPO, King of Harlem, Kingpin, Mayor of Harlem, Alpo Martinez




Harlem & Manhattan, New York City | Washington D.C (America) | San Juan (Puerto Rico)

Snitch Biography:

Long overdue, I should try to get all these guys who paved the way for informants on here. So lets give an overdue welcome to our inductee into the Golden Snitches Hall of Fame, Alberto Geddes Martinez a.k.a Alpo.

For the young generation who don't know who Alpo is:

Alberto Martinez better known as “Alpo” is a Harlem-bred drug lord, of Puerto Rican descent. He was dubbed by the local community as the "King of Harlem" during the period. He rose to power in the 1980s, alongside teenage friends Rich Porter, Kamal Ibrahim, and Azie Faison”AZ”. He was involved in the cocaine trade during the period. The majority of his Drug trade was centralized around the North East cities of New York City, Virginia Beach and Washington DC. The late 1980s were considered the crack-era within the United States of America under Ronald Reagan's and Richard Nixon's presidency. Crack cocaine had gained a heavy insurgence within the streets, which amounted to the heavy incarceration of impoverished families, the rise of gangs and the drug trade. Ronald Reagan dubbed this era, "The War on Drugs".

Alpo was known as a trendsetter in crack-era Harlem, transporting hundreds of kilos of cocaine into Washington, DC, while flaunting his wealth and flamboyant lifestyle with cars, clothes and jewelry. He 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. Martinez started selling drugs as early as 13 years old in East Harlem. When he met West side Harlem drug dealer Azie Faison, Alpo started to move up the chain of drug dealers in Harlem and eventually became one of the biggest drug dealers in NYC.

With that out of the way lets delve into why he was inducted, starting with his criminal activity:

Martinez had a close relationship with a man named Richard Porter (Rich). Richard Porter (July 26, 1965) was an American drug dealer who rose to prominence in Harlem during the War on Drugs in the mid-1980s. Police described him as being a "high-level cocaine dealer" who "sold about $50,000 worth of cocaine a week". 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. Rich was born in Harlem, New York City and began selling drugs at the age of 12, rising through the ranks of the drug trade in Harlem. He became known for his flamboyant and high-profile lifestyle and was rumored to have never worn the same outfit twice and that he owned over a dozen luxury vehicles that he kept in a garage in Manhattan during the height of his career as a drug dealer.

On January 3, 1990, Martinez and an accomplice named Big Head Gary set up and murdered Rich Porter, who was Alpo's friend and business partner, in The Bronx, New York. Martinez and Porter had previously been associates who sold drugs together. Martinez felt that Porter was shorting him on money on their deals. Porter was lured into a car and shot in the head and several times in the chest, killing him. His body was found the next day near Orchard Beach, Bronx. Police found $2,239 in his pocket. On December 5, 1989 his 12-year-old brother Donnell Porter was kidnapped in Harlem on his way to school and then had his finger cut off in order to extort $500,000 in ransom money from Rich. He was eventually killed and his body was found on January 28, 1990, a mile away from where Rich's body was found and less than a month after Rich's murder. Alpo himself was later shot in D.C., supposedly by a known drug dealer named “Butter-Ball”, but survived.

He later moved to Washington D.C. to expand operations where he quickly became involved in the city's underworld and elevated his drug activities. He met Wayne 'Silk' Perry, a notorious gangster and D.C. enforcer, who would later become his bodyguard and hitman. With Perry by his side, Alpo garnered even more respect from his street competitors and became greatly feared in the D.C area. Once the two teamed up, they started committing murders to protect their criminal enterprise.

Heres where things take a turn and reality catches up to Alpo:

In 1991, he was arrested in Washington D.C. for selling drugs. He was later charged with conspiracy to commit murder, various drug charges, and 14 counts of first degree murder, including the murder of Brooklyn drug dealer Richard Port, D.C drug dealer Michael Anthony Salters aka Fray and Brooklyn drug dealer Demencio Benson. Facing the possibility of either the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

So with the death penalty in mind, Martinez turned informant and testified against members of his organization. This included none other than Wayne Perry. 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 Super-maximum Penitentiary. For his testimony against Perry (who received five consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole), Martinez was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Martinez has since apologized to the Porter family for the act.

Alberto “Alpo” Martinez was released from a WITSEC FCI federal prison in 2015 at 49 years old. Martinez is currently in the federal witness protection program and has registered for a new identity. He was recently spotted in a Bronx-based Deli, "Jimmy's On The Go" on 168th street, surrounded by security (likely acquaintances and witness protection).

Alpo Spotted with Security: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=belYQ6CWcGI

Alpo reveals why he killed Rich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXeOWcbE14A
Alpo reveals his involvement in Lil Gary's Death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSYZPOoT8qY
Alpo Full Interview (Post-Incarceration): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7kLsPZy4b8

In 2002, director Charles Stone III released the title, "Paid in Full" which is a retelling of Alpo's story. Alpo was portrayed as Rico by rapper Cam'ron.

This is the story of Alberto Geddes Martinez or "Alpo". Notorious Kingpen of Harlem.
The whole purpose, of re-telling his story is so the next generation doesn't repeat it. There is a harsh reality to street dreams.

Physical Description:

Ethnicity/Race: African American (Puerto Rican Descent)
Height: 6'3''
Weight: 243 Lbs
Tattoos: Pre-Incarceration (None) Post-Incarceration (Unknown)
Clothing Style: Harlem Kingpen
Sexual Orientation: Straight

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