Alpo Martinez

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Alpo Martinez
Born Alberto Geddis Martinez
(1966-06-08) June 8, 1966 (age 48)
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Other names Alpo
Mayor of Harlem
Criminal penalty
35 year sentence
Criminal status incarcerated at ADX Florencesupermax prison in Florence, Colorado
Conviction(s) 14 counts of homicide

Alberto'Alpo' Martinez (born June 8, 1966 in Harlem, New York) is a Puerto Rican American former drug dealer who rose to prominence alongside Azie Faison and Rich Porter in the mid 1980s in Harlem during the War on Drugs. He went on to expand to his drug trade to other parts of New York City, and to other cities in the north-east, notably Washington D.C. He is currently serving a 35-year sentence for 14 counts of homicide at ADX Florence supermax.


Martinez moved to Washington D.C. to live with his girlfriend at the time, where he quickly became involved in the underworld in the city and began drug dealing again. He met Wayne 'Silk' Perry, who would later become his bodyguard and hitman.[1] On January 3, 1990, Martinez and an accomplice murdered Rich Porter in The Bronx, New York, shooting the victim in the head and body several times. Martinez and Porter had previously been associates who began selling drugs together as teenagers. He has since apologized to the Porter family for the killing of his one-time friend.


In 1992, he was arrested in Washington D.C. for selling drugs. After being sentenced to life for 14 counts of homicide he testified against the D.C. enforcer, Wayne Perry, in exchange for a lighter sentence.[2] He is currently serving a 35 year sentence and, with good behavior, is eligible for parole in 2019.

Pop culture[edit]

The 2002 film Paid In Full was based on Martinez, Faison and Porter.[3][4] He is briefly referenced in the song, Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park) by hip hop artist Nas who raps "Uptown was Alpo son, heard he was kingpin yo."