The Wild Cowboys were the most notorious drug dealing gang in the history of New York City, as far as sheer numbers of crack they dealt. They were started by the Sepulveda brothers, Lenny and Nelson, during the time they attended George Washington H.S. in Washington Heights.
Eventually, the Wild Cowboys rose to the top of the crack game and controlled entire blocks in Washington Heights and The South Bronx. they virtually owned buildings in the South Bronx, near St Anns Park, and in Washington Heights, mainly in the W. 170's between Broadway and Amsterdam, then the epicenter of cocaine in all the USA. Besides making millions a week in sales of crack and cocaine, they were ruthless in dealings both personal and business.
They were known to intimidate and kill with ease anybody who opposed them or who would speak out against them. The NYPD combined with the DEA spent many years trying to bring them down, and eventually were successful in doing so. At one time you couldn't walk down a street in Washington Heights or The Souuh Bronx without feeling their impact.
There are at least 2 books written about the lesser known gang, at least in comparison with gangs like The Latin Kings and The Bloods. Wild Cowboys weren't about race, even though the majority of them were Dominican or Hispanic, they were strictly about power and control. The best book on them is a book called "Wild Cowboys" which chronicles their rise to notoriety. It can be found on Amazon.com and if you want to read about real life "Kings of New York" this is a good exaple.
The Wild Cowboys controlled the entire block of w 174th and Audubon Ave, not even the cops were safe at those 4 corners back then.
Based balls were basically the first name for crack during it's intial years, circa 85-88. Crack first appeared on the streets of NYC in about 1985, although freebase was smoked prior to that, the addition of baking soda created a whole new monster. Based balls was what the "Wild Cowboys" gang called their first batch of potent crack to hit the street in large numbers.
The Wild Cowboys were a notorious gang based mainly in Washington Heights, Manhattan and parts of the South Bronx. Based balls were sold at many spots throughout both The Heights and in the Bronx. they usually came in large, cooked up rocks in vials sold for $20 and up. The reason they choose the name was because they resembled tinier sized baseballs
Crack known as "Based Balls" was strictly a New York Ccity term, known mostly in Washington Heights. Although crack spread to all of the boroughs, and nationwide, based balls was a name used solely by the infamous Cowboys to solidify their reign as crack kings of the 80's and early 90's.
Based Balls were first sold at 174th and Audubon where the Wild cowboys ruled the streets.