Feds Take Possession Of Fat Cat Nichols After NY Paroles Him, Iconic Queens Kingpin Sees Freedom On The Horizon

April 8, 2022 — Murderous New York drug lord Lorenzo (Fat Cat) Nichols could be a free man in just four years or less.

The flashy and debonaire Nichols, who has been incarcerated for the last three and a half decades in state prison was paroled by the State of New York this week and transferred into the custody of the feds, where he has an out-date of 2026. The 63-year old Queens crime boss was sentenced to 25 years to life for drug trafficking and gun possession in state court and is serving concurrent 40-year term on federal racketeering, homicide and money laundering charges. Because of the cooperation he provided the government from his 1992 fed- plea deal, the BOP could release him at any time by reducing his sentence to time served.

Nichols was the biggest drug dealer in Queens in the 1980s. He pleaded guilty to ordering the execution of his parole officer (Brian Rooney) in 1985 as revenge for violating him and sending him back to prison. He also admitted to ordering the gangland slaying of an ex-girlfriend (Myesha Horsham) for stealing from his drug operations and stick-up kid Isacc Bolden for robbing another one of his girlfriend at gunpoint in an alley behind a Queens nightclub. Authorities suspect he also ordered the 1988 murder of New York Police Department officer Eddie Byrne, gunned down behind the wheel of his patrol car in South Jamaica, Queens.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Nichols came to live with his mother in New York as a fifth grader and by his late teenage years had planted the seeds for a drug crew and organization that would go on to take the Big Apple by storm. Howard (Pappy) Mason and Joe (Mike Bones) Rogers were his crew’s top enforcers and hit men. They called themselves the “Bebos.”

Fat Cat Nichols mentored what became the Supreme Team, led by Kenny (Supreme) McGriff and headquartered his activities out of Big Mac’s Deli. A raid of the deli in the summer of 1985 netted a NYDP narcotics squad $180,000 in cash and large quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Home video footage available on YouTube and aired in a number of television true-crime documentaries shows McGriff toasting a jailed Fat Cat at a lavish party and concert filled with the era’s most popular rappers.

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