His drug dealing days appear to be behind him. Sketchy real estate deals, those might be another story. Back in the 1980s, Sylvester (Seal) Murray was one of the biggest drug world figures in Detroit, Michigan, a high-ranking lieutenant in Young Boys, Incorporated (“YBI”), the most impactful of the city’s many corporate-styled narcotics rings during the freewheeling, neon-spangled Reagan era. This week, Murray, a reverend, found himself the focus of an investigative report broadcast on the local Detroit Fox television affiliate, questioning the ethics of land purchases made by his Come Home Ministries, one of which resulted in a man’s house being placed on the market without him knowing it. When the man, who believes he has rightful ownership of the property, contacted Murray’s business partners, he was asked for $15,000 to make the problem go away. The 65-year old Murray hasn’t been in trouble with the law since he was released from his last prison term 16 years ago. In December 1982, he was indicted as part of a colossal round up of nearly 50 leaders, workers and associates of YBI, an organization founded on Detroit’s Westside in the late 1970s and instrumental in changing the way drugs were sold, transported and marketed in the Midwest dope game. Known for being suave and shrewd, Murray was YBI’s supply boss and a close advisor to YBI founders Milton (Butch) Jones, Raymond (Baby Ray) Peoples and Dwayne (Wonderful Wayne) Davis. In the months preceding the 1982 bust, Jones allegedly had Davis murdered after Davis tried to break-off from the group and start his own gang. Following the bust, Jones and Peoples had an ugly falling out, with Peoples orchestrating a robbery of Jones’ suburban home and Jones in turn ordering the executions of Peoples and his co-conspirators. Baby Ray Peoples was slain behind the wheel of his car in 1985. Jones is currently serving a life sentence in state prison for unrelated murders he ordered in the 1990s as the head of another gang called The Dawg Pound.
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