When an Amateur Thug Turns Pro: The Corey Pegues Story

In a recent interview for the "Combat Jack" podcast to promote his upcoming memoir "From the Streets to the Beat," the retired NYPD Deputy Inspector, who once sported a "Thug Life" tattoo, recalled his early career as a street gangster and drug dealer allied with Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff during the 1980s. By his account, Pegues was a very successful crack dealer who at the age of 17 attempted to murder a business rival -- an example of the institutionalized violence that invariably accompanies prohibition.