“Formerly known as Clarence Fowler, he was convicted of murder in the 1970s, but that conviction was overturned on appeal. When he emerged from prison he had taken the name Shamsud-din Ali and quickly established himself as the leader of the Philadelphia Masjid, a dominant mosque in Southwest Philadelphia…But it is Ali, who was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 87 months in prison on political corruption charges, who has dominated the discussions about politics and its links to the drug underworld in the ongoing trial.
One drug dealer, complaining about tribute payments he had to make to Ali, said it best in a phone call picked up on an FBI wiretap during the drug investigation.
"He's walking with kings while we're out here hustling," was the drug dealer's lament.”
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013
By George Anastasia
“Daily Local News
Pusher called "danger to community',
Friday, September 10, 1976
By BRUCE MOWDAY (Of the Local News Staff)
Richard "Stretch" Legree of Coatesville, named as the number one drug pusher in Chester County by District Attorney William H. Lamb, was convicted last night of selling 145 bags of heroin to an undercover agent in January.”
Another thing that caught my attention in "Murder and Mayhem the Kaboni Savage Trial" on Radio Times:
“It says something about the level of tolerance in the African American political circles that doesn’t exist or shouldn’t exist in any political circle. Now that’s not to say that mobsters don’t manipulate but (Joseph) Ligambi would be once or twice removed if he’s playing with Democratic committeemen down in South Philly. He’s not going to be audacious and be up front the way Shamsud-din was and the way he was able to successfully move around. And he did it. It’s fascinating…
I did a big series in the Ace Capone Alton Coles Southwest Philly cocaine drug dealer. He was having stop the violence rallies where the Mayor and the Police Commissioner and the DA were showing up. And he was accepted even though if you talked on the streets everybody knew he was a gangster…I don’t know what the answer to this is but I think it’s something that out to be looked at.”