Theories Behind Frank Lucas

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Theories behind Frank Lucas Harlem’s Drug kingpin With Frank Lucas’ life we will be able to demonstrate and explain a few etiological theories starting with Ethnic succession Theory, differential association theory, and Social Disorganization theory. Before we begin I will explain what each Theory means, then we will be able to apply these theories into Frank Lucas’ life. Ethnic succession theory has the idea that ethnic groups involve themselves in organized crime because of their obstacles towards the so called American dream (Bell, 1953, 1964; Ianni, 1974). Ethnic Succession Theory contends that most of the organized crime groups in North America aren’t based on ethnic foreign people bringing their criminal cultures or…show more content…
He began stealing, after a while it made him go deeper into criminal behavior by stealing bigger and more expensive things by any means. He would go mugging people, burning houses and eventually entering in the drug society. Fortunately for him he did become a Multimillion dollar drug business, but instead of quitting while he was ahead like most ethnic succession’s do once they establish the success needed to leave the criminal life, he continued up until the downfall of his empire, greed took over his plan and led him to many arrests, ending him with a prison sentence of 70 years, afterwards reduce to 15 years, by former prosecutor Richie Roberts (A&E television network, 2008). Lucas then fled to New York Harlem after burning his boss’s house down. He indulged in petty crime for a few years up until he was taken under the wing of gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, were he was his driver for about 15 years (Panache, 2008). Johnson was an associate of mob boss Stephanie St. Clair; he was one of the leading criminals in Harlem against Dutch Schultz. Johnson was arrested more than 40 times for narcotic –related charges. After Johnson’s death, Lucas had decided to take over Johnson’s business; he had noticed that to be able to make real business he’d have to break the Italian mafia’s barrier that they had on New York (Sterling, 1990). This brings us to our second theory, Differentiation theory; where someone
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