BOSTON (AP) - A former drug dealer says he built a booming business
with James "Whitey" Bulger, even as Bulger insisted on
hiding his involvement and eventually threatened the dealer's life.
William Shea testified Tuesday at the reputed gangster's trial that
he built a cocaine-dealing business with Bulger in their South Boston
neighborhood that pulled in six figures a week.
But he said Bulger created a "charade" that he wasn't involved to protect his local reputation.
Shea said his friendly relationship with Bulger took a turn after
Bulger objected to Shea's plan to leave the operation. He said Bulger
brought up Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, a safecracker whom prosecutors say
Bulger has pleaded not guilty to charges against him, which include
participating in 19 slayings. The 83-year-old fled Boston in 1994 and
wasn't captured until 2011 in California.