In 1968, Frank Lucas is the right-hand man of Harlem gangster Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson.When Johnson dies of a heart attack, Lucas takes control of the Harlem crime scene.
Lucas buys Blue Magic directly from producers in Thailand and smuggles it into the U. With this monopoly, Lucas expands his control to nightclubs, casinos, and prostitution.
He buys a mansion for his mother and recruits his five brothers, including Huey and Turner, as lieutenants to spread his empire.
During his rise to becoming Harlem's crime boss, Lucas falls in love with Eva, a Puerto Rican beauty queen.
As Lucas' business prospers, he makes a point of operating quietly and dressing with a modest conservatism both as a sign of strength and to avoid attracting police attention.
In the ensuing shootout, Steve Lucas, Frank Lucas' young nephew who gave up a promising career for the New York Yankees to join Lucas' crime family, is killed.
Meanwhile, Trupo, whose prized Shelby Mustang Lucas had destroyed, and his men break into Lucas' mansion to steal his emergency cash supply hidden under the doghouse, killing the dog.
As Lucas gets ready to go after Trupo, his mother dissuades him from killing a cop, warning him that she and Eva will leave him if he does.
Lucas is arrested after Roberts' team conducts a raid on the shops run by his brothers.
Also, he stays away from the drugs to avoid making hard decisions under the influence.