“I wish that one day there were no drugs here”

We were poor and I had a friend – well, she passed away – but we were good friends, and she was already doing business. And a light bulb went on, ‘Oh, wow. She earns money. So I started to sell. And it’s gone from there, man. The heroine, she was from Mexico. There was black tar, but when I was in the picture, they had güerita – it was blond. Almost like coke. It was so pure, and I was selling it without cutting it, because I was not a user and I didn’t care to cut it.

So I was selling my stuff so pure, I think that’s why I came so fast. I just let it go from the pounds I was putting on. People loved it. Everyone just started to learn it and they said, “Hey, this guy has some good things!”

I was 14 years old. Very young. I remember my brother telling me – the one who died, he was actually pretty much the ringleader – we would go get the heroine, me and him, and he would say to me, ‘If something happens, you’re still a child. You take the blame. Who, to me, yeah, that’s my brother, of course I’ll take the blame.

I never finished high school. I was a little boy driving a nice car, and I had big old wads of money in my wallet – eight, ten thousand in my wallet. I was partying too. Like any other teenager who had the resources would. But I never shot it. The pills were my drug choice. I used to think I was better than other addicts because I wasn’t on drugs, but in the long run I was addicted. I was as junkie as anyone else. I didn’t see it that way, but I was. And when I was busted in jail in 1999, I got sick, and oh yeah, I detoxed and everything in jail.

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