Fighting Cocaine's Grip: Get Your 'Lucky Seven' Here

The Captain steers his sleek black '83 Cadillac into the neighborhood known as Alphabet Town on Manhattan's Lower East Side. This menacing tangle of burned-out buildings, clammy tenements and garbage-strewn vacant lots is one of the country's most notorious drug marketplaces. Dealers crowd the blighted 15-by four-block "town" 24 hours a day, dispensing cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, angel dust and an array of other drugs. The Captain, in his 40s, is a white, affluent tradesman from Brooklyn. He got his nickname because he once owned a yacht. He and his girlfriend, a pink-sugar blond he calls Snowdrop, come into this...

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