Things changed while Supreme paid his debt to society. The Dominicans started pushing a new drug onto the streets. Crack. Almost overnight, cocaine was out and crack was in as the number one hit.
Crack was two parts cocaine and one part baking soda mixed with a little bit of water. Heat it up until the solution separated. The precipitate was then skimmed off and the cocaine dried. The resulting cocaine flakes were called crack.
When Supreme got out of prison in 1987, he was ready to jump back onto the streets. He had missed the adrenaline rush of the action and the feeling of power he got from being the Top Dog. Holding a meeting of the Supreme Team, he re-established his authority and told his crew their goals were to make money and rule the streets. The Supreme Team hit the road in bulletproof luxury cars and used rooftop lookouts with walkie-talkies to counter the police. Handbooks on how-to-be a smart criminal were put together and distributed to the Team.
What Supreme didn’t know was that the feds and the Queens Narcotics Squad were keeping tabs on the top members of the Supreme Team. The Supreme Team’s activities under the violent reign of Prince had attracted cops like ants to a picnic. Like Big Brother, the feds were watching everything and everybody, waiting for their chance. The feds even had Supreme’s mother under surveillance.
On November 6, 1987, the feds got their chance.