May 15, 2020 – Retired New York drug lord Myles Coker died of the Coronavirus this week at 69. The gentlemanly former heroin tycoon was co-founder of the Blue Thunder narcotics organization, affiliated with the Italian mob’s Bonanno crime family in the 1980s and early 1990s. Coker went to trial in 1993 in federal court alongside future Bonanno don Vincent (Vinnie Gorgeous) Basciano.
Coker was convicted. Vinnie Gorgeous walked.
Blue Thunder was the brand-name of the heroin sold by Coker and his partner, Eric (E.J.) Millan. The Blue Thunder crew was a multi-ethnic blend of Puerto Rican, African-Americans and Italians.
Coker, who owned a limousine company with a celebrity client list, had worked as a bookie for a Bonanno-connected sports-betting business in the Bronx before transitioning into the drug game in the mid-1980s with financing from his mafia contacts. He was serving life in prison but got resentenced and was released in 2014 after 23 years in the joint. In recent years, Coker worked for a pest-control company.
Basciano, 61, ran the Bonanno crime family from 2004 until 2011. Today, Bronx-native Basciano resides in the Big Sandy federal correctional facility in Kentucky, found guilty of two gangland murders and alleged to have put out a hit on his prosecutor.
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