- NAME: Thelma Wright
- OCCUPATION: Drug Dealer
- Full Name: Thelma B. Wright
- Nickname: "Queen Pen"
- Nickname: "Boss Lady"
- AKA: Thelma Wright
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When her husband, Jackie Wright, a major player in the Philadelphia drug game, was murdered, Thelma Wright became a gangster queen of Philadelphia, transporting cocaine and heroin between Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
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But life in the game was not exactly what Wright had bargained for.
In July 1991, Wright and several of her friends were caught in the crossfire of a gangland shootout at a popular late-night club called Studio West. Less than two weeks later, she dodged a bullet of another kind: One of her longtime clients, a man known as "Fats," was picked up by police after he called the Post Office about a package that had failed to arrive.
By the end of 1991, Wright had decided to leave the drug game behind for good. For years, she stayed quiet out of the public eye and kept quiet about her past. In 2009, she went to work for a nonprofit organization, managing properties for women dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Wright decided to finally come clean in 2011 by publishing a memoir, With Eyes From Both Sides - Living My Life In and Out of the Game.
"I am a mother to some, I am grandmother to the kids. It gives me an opportunity to see some of the destruction behind things that I had done," she stated about her work in recent years. "When I go around and I speak to people, I'm letting them know that you need to stay away from this game. You're not going to win. It is a 'no win.' Two options: death or jail. That's it. There's nothing else ... Looking back on it now, I did what I did to survive, to take care of myself and my son. Would I do it again? No. No, absolutely not."
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