Jemeker Thompson, beautiful, brilliant and a very talented entrepreneur is also known as the "Queen Pin," rose to the top of the cocaine trade during the peak of the 1980s crack epidemic in Los Angeles, California.
Evicted from her home in South Central Los Angeles at a young age, Thompson, became very determined to make money and to be in control of her own life. While still in school, she partnered with an older man by the name of Anthony M. "Daff" Mosley. Together, they ran a successful cocaine-trafficking business in L.A. The two would later marry and have one child together, a son they named Anthony.
After several months in the drug game, Thompson and Daff decided to expand their business by moving to a more in-demand drug, crack-cocaine. Shortly thereafter, tragedy struck: Daff was killed while washing his car. Eventually, a devastated Thompson trudged on, continuing to expand the business she'd started with her late husband by making additional connections and moving into new territories throughout the United States.
Around this same time, Thompson also invested in her L.A.-based hair business, selling hair to celebrities, and traveling and holding shows to market her products.
Also during this time, Thompson had begun dating a man known as "Cheese" who would later flip and begin cooperating with authorities.
Thompson subsequently fled L.A. and went into hiding.
On the run for two years, in 1993, Thompson—or the "Queen Pin," as she was known by both the police and media—finally decided to return to L.A. to attend her son's 6th-grade graduation ceremony, where law-enforcement officials, suspecting her attendance, were promptly waiting.
She was subsequently arrested, tried on and convicted of charges related to drug-trafficking, and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Thompson was released from prison in 2005, after serving 13 years in a maximum-security prison alongside scary women like Griselda Blanco and Squeaky Fromme.
She was never caught on a wiretap, never caught making a drug deal, never caught with drugs... yet they gave her the maximum sentence on the testimony of her ex. If circumstances had been different, this woman might have been CEO of any number of companies. I believe she is inspirational in many ways.
Jermeker now Jemeker Hairston now serves as an evangelical minister at Second Chance Ministries in South Central, Los Angeles, which she also owns. According to Thompson, her ministerial mission is to show others that, through God, they'll always have a second chance in life. "I'm here today to tell somebody else that you don't have to do what I did," she said. "You don’t have to be like the other kids in the neighborhood. I had a second chance." She is so smart..not your average criminal. Good for you Ms. Hairston.