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John S. Watts Jr

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John S. Watts, Jr., also known as John Boy (born March 9, 1959), is an American author and former drug dealer who is best known for his memoirs The Rollin 80's and Power of the V.

Early life[edit]

Watts was the eldest of eight children living is South Central, Los Angeles, California, into a family on welfare. At age 12, he hustled drugs on the streets to help provide for his family. It escalated into a drug business by the late 1970s. He stole $300 from his mother's rent money and used it to purchase cocaine from a local drug dealer; a few months later he rented a small one-bed apartment in L.A.'s Westside and turned into a crack house. Nine months and two million dollars later he stopped and walked away from the drug dealing business. He moved his mother into a home he purchased in Pasadena Hills California.[citation needed]

In 1985 he opened a hair salon in Inglewood, California, and in 1986 opened a club in Marina Del Ray. That business failed, and in 1988, Watt entered into a drug deal that went bad when he met with a police informer he thought was a drug dealer, trying to set up a purchase of 225 kilos for $3.2M. He was arrested and sentenced to six years in state prison.

After serving 33 months, Watts was released back on March 29, 1991, and opened a Home Health Care Agency in Culver City, California. After being in business for 13 months his business was closed after Medicare accused him over billing his them an estimated $5 million. On Labor Day 1994 the FBI served him with an indictment for Medicare fraud charges. On May 2, 2000, he was sentenced to 42 months in Federal Prison. He was also sentenced to 78 months for income Tax Fraud.[1]

Career[edit]

While in prison Watts wrote 39 books, and another after he was released. In 2012, Ice-T, a friend, invested $20,000 in Watts's publishing company. He also wrote movie scripts and reality shows, and launched an entertainment company that planned three reality shows including Your Daddy Knows Best and Life After Prison.[2]

In 2018, Watts appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood with his stepdaughter, Apple.

References[edit]

  1. "USAO/CDCA Press Release". Justice.gov. 2001-02-27. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  2. Garcia, Courtney (2013-09-03). "Should ex-convicts be the next stars of reality TV?". theGrio. Retrieved 2014-02-03.

Bibliography[edit]

Watts Jr, John (1995). The Rollin '80's: Drugs, Money, Politics and Reality. Watts Publishing Company. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

Watts Jr, John (2010). Power of the V. Xlibris Corporation. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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