The legacy of former president Barack Obama is one that will live on for ages to come. Part of his legacy, if you remember, is the measures he took to commute the sentences of 1,715 prisoners, the most commutations by any president. He set a record by commuting 330 people in a single day last January. The bulk of these commutations were for low-level, non-violent drug offenders who were sentenced under outdated mandatory minimum sentencing procedures.
Though Obama freed mostly low-level drug offenders, he also granted clemency to a few kingpins. One of them was Jerry Anderson, who hails from the Tindall Heights projects in Macon, GA. In his first interview since being freed from prison, Macon’s former “King of Cocaine” said that he gave up dreams of being a football star to sell coke on the street so that he could support his family. Anderson claimed that he was making $1.25 million every week by flooding Macon and Central Georgia with white and that he had 40 people working under him. According to reports, Anderson’s empire was raking in as much as $85K on some nights in the mid to late-80s. However, it all came crashing down in 1991 when he was sentenced to life in prison.
Since being released in December, Anderson has landed a legit job working for Perdue. He has also devoted his time to working with teens so they don’t make the same mistakes that he did through the Motivating Youth Foundation.
Hear what Jerry Anderson had to say about his career in cocaine and working with the youth in his exclusive interview with 13WMAZ below: