December 12, 2020 – Heralded Detroit drug baron Milton (Butch) Jones, the self-proclaimed “Henry Ford of Heroin,” is seeking a compassionate release from a 30-year federal prison term for racketeering, narcotics-distribution and accessory to murder due to his contracting the Coronavirus behind bars.

Jones’ lawyer, renowned criminal defense attorney Harold Gurewitz, filed the motion in front of U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith’s court Thursday. The motion claims Jones is on dialysis three days a week for a failing liver and is confined to a wheelchair. Without any further intervention, his out-date is in 2027. The prison hospital Jones is at in Springfield, Missouri is dealing with over 300 cases of COVID-19 right now.

Jones, 65, was the face of the Detroit drug game in the early 1980s and the leader of the infamous Young Boys, Incorporated (YBI) crew on the Motor City’s Westside. YBI revolutionized the dope trade with its cutting-edge structure, sales protocol and marketing techniques, employing pre-pubescent pushers who slang flashy packaged and named heroin packets from elementary-school playgrounds and transported their drugs in the trunks of taxi cabs.

The three decades of prison time Jones is currently doing is not YBI related though. After doing seven years for his YBI case, Jones came home to Detroit in 1992 and became the boss of The Dawg Pound gang, a drug and dog-fighting organization on the Westside. Jones was brought down for good in 2001 when the feds nailed The Dawg Pound for narcotics activity and more than one gangland homicide.

YBI was founded in around 1978 by Jones, Dwayne (Wonderful Wayne) Davis, Raymond (Baby Ray) Peoples and Mark (Block) Marshall. Jones and Marshall were the muscle, Peoples and Davis were the masterminds. It was money Marshall received from a life insurance payout from his parents murder (a crime he was a suspect in) that served as the seed money for the syndicate.

The YBI crew grew to be the Roman Empire of Motown’s drug world for much of the late 1970s and the first half of the 1980s. The good times were grand, yet short lived.

Peoples shot Marshall in a dispute over a woman and ran him out of town in 1980. Davis was slain in 1982 and Peoples was killed in 1985, both murder contracts allegedly issued by Jones as a result of power struggles.

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