The man known as "8-Ball" was born in 1971 in New York City, the son of a pool hustler; he gained his nickname because of his father's pool skills. He became the owner of a large explosives and firearm-dealing company that operated out of Brooklyn, and he was convicted on 85 counts of owning a firearm without a license in 2001. During his arrest, an NYPD officer spilled a pan of boiling fat onto his hands, leaving him injured. Luckily for 8-Ball, he was put in a police van with Claude Speed in October 2001 as they headed for prison, and the two of them escaped as some Colombian criminals ambushed the convoy to free an elderly Asian prisoner. He returned to his bomb shop, helping Claude with the hit on Marco Forelli and the bombing of a Colombian cargo ship that served as a production factory for drugs.