Details of Alberto “Alpo” Martinez’s frantic final moments are coming into focus — as the investigation continues into the drug kingpin’s drive-by shooting death.
The notorious drug dealer, who was shot five times and killed early Sunday in Harlem, was throwing baggies of drugs out of his truck’s window as he tried to drive away from the scene, a police source said Monday.
About a dozen of the baggies were found on the street spaced a few feet apart near West 147th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard after Martinez was shot in his 2017 Dodge Ram, the source said.
The source said it looks like he was “throwing them out the window” because he knew police would be arriving.
Martinez, who had been in a federal witnesses protection program, apparently wanted to evade capture, the source said.
A video of the crime scene watched by a reporter depicts baggies that contain a brown substance strewn on the street. The drug appeared to be heroin, the source said.
He was rushed to Harlem Hospital following the shooting but couldn’t be saved.
It wasn’t clear if Martinez had been released from witness protection or if he was just visiting his old stomping grounds when he was killed, the source said. Photos show bullet holes in his truck’s driver’s side window.
He was in possession of identification with the name Abraham Rodriguez of Lewiston, Maine, when police arrived on the scene, according to cops. The source said he appeared to be using his identity from the program.
Martinez, who grew up in Harlem, started dealing drugs there in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. He eventually ran a drug empire that extended from the city to Washington, DC, where he was arrested in 1991.
He confessed to 14 murders before flipping and becoming a government witness.
Martinez was immortalized in hip hop songs and the movie “Paid in Full,” which centered around his childhood friend Richard Porter. Martinez admitted to killing him in 1990 because he believed Porter was stealing drug profits.
”Rich lied to me about something there was no reason to lie about. I gave him the opportunity to tell me the truth not once, but twice,” he told F.E.D.S. magazine, quoted by the New York Times, in 1999. After an associate shot Porter twice, ”He didn’t die, so I shot him in the head,” Martinez said.
Martinez spent decades behind bars before being released in 2015.