Tommy Mickens, known was “Tony Montana,” made around $100,000 a week in drug sales was caught for his crimes, but not before he bought mansions, cars, and a helicopter with the money he made.
Every two days, Mickens sold a kilogram of cocaine and had 50 people working for him.
He was sentenced to 20 years in jail and was released in 2008.
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It seems Mickens has turned over a new leaf, and has left his criminal past completely behind him.
“People who used to work for me look at what I’m doing now and say, ‘What are you doing?’” he said. “I left the past in the past - and I was able to walk away.”
Though he used to make millions a year in drug sales, the government took most of his assets. They seized $2.5 million of it on top of fining him for $1 million.
Once he was released from jail, he said the friends he trusted to keep his finances in order spent all of his money, leaving him with nothing.
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To make ends meet, he started teaching aerobics to senior citizens. He now makes $40 to $150 a class.
His students have nothing but positive things to say to him.
“He’s our pride and joy,” Daphne Avery, 73, said. “We love him regardless of what he’s done - his past is his past. This is the present.”
“I did time myself - 30 years,” James Alexander, 81, said. “This shows he got something out of jail. He learned something from it - how to help people.”