Trafficking heroin just seemed to be a natural progression of life for Jaymion McCaray, originally from Columbus now a resident of Freedom Hall Recovery Center in Piketon.
McCaray explained that his mom had eight kids. He had five sisters and two brothers.
“One of my sisters died in a house fire when she was one,” McCaray stated. “I got a brother in prison right now for 16 years. My little brother’s in jail, and I’m in rehab.”
As a child, his mom was in jail, and his dad was never around.
“I got sent to my grandma’s house, but I guess I was too out of control as a child, and she couldn’t handle me,” McCaray explained. “She kept my two sisters and my brothers and got rid of me. Since then, I grew up in the system. I was a system baby. Foster homes, group homes and jail …. That’s all I know.”
At 13, McCaray got involved with gangs. The gang was his family. He started smoking pot just to fit in with other kids. Then, at 16, life changed. The gang life was dangerous, and McCaray was no stranger to violence and shootouts.
“I grew up on the streets. I’m a street person,” he said.
He got shot for the first time, destroying his leg and shattering his finger. He spent two months going to rehabilitation to learn to walk again. He was also developing a hefty addiction. He had been prescribed Percocet for pain, and that became his first demon.
At this time, he was already selling crack cocaine. Then, around 2008, McCaray got involved in the pill game.
With major pill mills in Florida, McCaray said he started making trips to doctors.
“As long as you had an MRI, you could get anything,” he explained.
Groups of people would go together and come back with plenty of supplies to traffic.
“The money was great,” McCaray confirmed.
He was getting a bottle of 240 30mg opiate pain pill OxyContin and selling them for $15 a pill.
Once while selling, he decided to try an Oxy.
“I said let me try one of these things. I took one and threw up. I was so sick that I said I would never do that again,” the former trafficker remembered. “I don’t know what happened. Soon, I started liking them, and I started abusing them.”
McCaray had grown his addiction, and had to keep it fed.
“They were cheap at first, but then the game flipped around,” McCaray exclaimed.
Soon, they sold for $30. And, at pill mills were being busted and supplies deceased, the cost continued to rise.
As pills became more difficult to obtain, demand for heroin increased. McCaray explained that some opiate users had already progressed to heroin. Their tolerances had increased, and heroin provided a greater buzz. It was also cheaper. You could get a $10 bag and get a better buzz than from a $30 pill. McCaray explained that a $10 bag of heroin is “enough to get you a shot.”
“We got introduced to heroin, and we didn’t know nothing about it,” McCaray said. “See, I never done heroin. I sold heroin.”
As a trafficker, running heroin from Columbus as far out as West Virgina, McCaray says heroin “blew up” about four years ago, and the economy drove the increase.
“Now days, it’s hard to come up with $30. I sold $10 bags of heroin. It isn’t uncommon,” he explained. “Heroin is cheap right now. You can get it for a little bit of nothing. And, it is everywhere right now.”
McCaray added that now there is stuff sold at heroin that isn’t. Fentanyl hit the streets, and allowed dealers like McCaray to make a cheaper product that got people higher and sold faster. The dangers were not a concern.
For McCaray, they are now. He has been sober for 13 months. He took too many pills and drank on top of them, putting him in the hospital. The next stop was rehab, but he already desired a change.
“I was tired of the street life,” he stated. “You get tired of watching over your shoulder and being in and out of jail. I was in the dark. I was just living a Russian roulette life out there.”
McCaray has been shot multiple times in his life, has been to prison for trafficking twice and has been to jail more than 10 times. He has also brought a lot of darkness into the lives of others. Once he completes his rehabilitation program he hopes to reach out to young kids with no one before they find the wrong family.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.