April 23, 2021 – There is a growing grassroots movement emerging from Washington D.C. right now to free former drug lord Tony Lewis. The movement is being headed by his son, Tony (Slugg) Lewis, Jr., a community activist in the D.C. area and founder of the Sons Of Life foundation.
During the late 1980s, Tony Lewis was the second-in-command to legendary D.C. crime boss Rayful Edmond, the leader of one of the biggest crack cocaine organizations in American history. The two were busted together in a massive April 1989 narcotics trafficking, money laundering and continuing criminal enterprise case and received life prison sentences.</p>
Authorities believe Edmond’s drug empire and its enforcement unit known as “Murder, Inc.” were responsible for upwards of 30 gangland killings, many occurring after Edmond and Lewis were already behind bars. Lewis has never been implicated in acts of violence. Murder Inc. was headed by Edmond lieutenants Rodney (The Great Rasoo) Moore and Kevin (K-Gun) Gray — both doing life in prison on murder convictions.
Edmond, 56, was granted a sentence reduction in February. He has another 30-year sentence he is serving for a drug dealing case he took while imprisoned, but his two and a half decades of cooperation may set him free soon. Lewis, today 58 years old, has never cooperated.
Sons of Life works with the families of those incarcerated in the effort to provide support resources and lobby for criminal justice reform. Earlier this month, Lewis, Jr. organized a “Free Tony Lewis” rally at Black Lives Matter Plaza, just feet away from the White House, that drew close to 800 people. D.C. City Council member Trayon White supports the movement and visited Lewis in prison.