BOSTON (AP) - A former drug dealer says he made about $200,000 a year when James "Whitey" Bulger protected his narcotics operation.
Joseph Tower testified Tuesday in the reputed gangster's trial that Bulger also saved Tower's brother when he was being held hostage after trying to collect a drug debt.
Tower, who received immunity from prosecution, has said he went into business with Bulger in 1980.
Tower says Bulger was so feared that his drug operatives knew they had the protection they needed to carry out their illegal business, the proceeds of which Bulger shared.
Bulger had pleaded not guilty to charges against him, which include participating in 19 slayings. The 83-year-old fled Boston in 1994 and was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives until his 2011 capture.