Though well-praised by movie critics, it doesn't mean that "" is free from controversy. According to reports, NBC Universal, the owner of Universal Studios which produced the film, has been sued by a group of retired DEA agents on Wednesday, January 16. The three former federal drug enforcement agents filed a $55 million defamation lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan claiming that the Ridley Scott directed-film has falsely made them to be the villains.
Reportedly, Louis Diaz, Gregory Korniloff and Jack Toal believed that the studio who asserted that the film was based on a true story have misinterpreted the events surrounding Frank Lucas and New Jersey Detective Richard Roberts. Korniloff revealed in the suit that he was a lead agent assigned to the case and was present when agents and police officers raided Lucas' home in Teaneck, N.J. in 1975, the scene which is depicted in the film starring , and .