EXPIRED: 03/21/10 – Vivian Blake, 54 was born poor and should have died poor, but didn’t.
He grew up in West Kingston, Jamaica and against the odds was granted a scholarship to a private high school, St. George’s College. Blake was a smart kid and was going to do well in whatever he chose to do.
Unfortunately, he chose to make it big in the drug trade and eventually started dealing marijuana and cocaine, eventually expanding his network nationwide.
Blake became a drug kingpin, and having moved to NYC in 1973, operated the American arm of the Jamaican Shower Posse. He and other gang members were charged in a multiple killing in Miami, but Blake escaped apprehension by heading back to Jamaica.
After later charges were added, he was extradited to the States in ‘99. By the following year he pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering and conspiracy, and admitted to his role as the kingpin of the Shower Posse. He was sentenced to 28 years, but was released on parole after just eight.
He immediately returned to Jamaica where he suffered from kidney disease and was undergoing dialysis. He ended up having a heart attack while in the West Indies.
The big payback.