DOCUMENTARY: "The Frank Matthews Story" (1hr26m) WATCH IT HERE (INDASTREETS-ENT.COM)
In the early 1970′s, Frank "Pee Wee" Matthews of Durham, North Carolina, became America's biggest drug kingpin. His organization, headquartered in Brooklyn, stretched across more than 20 states, and he became the only Black gangster to establish direct ties to the French Connection heroin pipeline. After being indicted in 1973, he disappeared with 15-20 million dollars in drug profits, equivalent to roughly $100 million in today's cash. Despite one of the largest manhunt's in US history, Frank Matthews hasn't been seen since. Today, there is no proof as to whether he is alive or dead.
To quote the federal prosecutor assigned the Matthews case, he "was a pioneering giant of drug distribution". His organization eventually outgrew even the Italian Mafia and when he built himself a mansion in Staten Island's most exclusive neighborhood (and across the street from Mafia boss Paul Castellano) he found himself on the verge of war with La Cosa Nostra. Matthews would come back regularly to Durham and recruited many home boys for his drug organization.