El Chapo's Trial Solves Nothing: The "Freelancer Effect" Applies Everywhere
Chistopher Moraff
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November 20th, 2018

It's 1985. Law enforcement is closing in on the last remnants of the South Philadelphia fiefdom of mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo.

A group of eight young African American men, led by Aaron Jones, a brash 23-year-old drug dealer, gathers in the Germantown section of Northwest Philadelphia to hatch a bold plan.

With the noose slowly tightening around one of the nation's most powerful Mafia families, Jones and his cohorts sense an unprecedented opportunity. Adopting the motto "Get Down, or Lay Down," their newly formed "Junior Black Mafia" (JBM) prepares to exploit the looming power vacuum.

The groups goal is nothing short of complete control over every crack corner in Philly. Even if it means muscling out, or in some cases murdering, every rival drug dealer in the city.

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As the trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman continues in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, America would do well to reflect on the story of JBM.
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