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‘Whitey’ And The Southie Drug Trade

A crime scene where Edward Connors, one of Bulger's alleged victims, was shot to death in a telephone booth on June 12, 1975. (AP/U.S. Attorney's Office)

A crime scene where Edward Connors, one of Bulger’s alleged victims, was shot to death in a telephone booth on June 12, 1975. (AP/U.S. Attorney’s Office)

It’s been 4 weeks to the day since the racketeering and murder trial of admitted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger began, and in that time, we’ve heard testimony alleging Bulger’s involvement in everything from money laundering to drug dealing to murder. Today, we dive into Bulger’s connection to the drug trade — something Bulger has long denied.

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Milton Valencia, reporter for The Boston Globe.

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The Boston Globe, “In other testimony Tuesday, a former drug dealer portrayed Bulger as a key player in South Boston’s drug trade. William Shea, 74, testified that he began extorting marijuana dealers in the late 1970s, with the blessing of Bulger, who took a cut of the profits but told him ‘he didn’t want his name attached to being involved in drugs.'”


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