In an interview with the New York Times Joshua Febres, 17, said he followed in his brother's steps and began to sell drugs at 13.
"My brother was making money. He had clothes. He had sneakers," said Febres. "I wanted clothes and sneakers too, so I thought of it like by any means necessary."
He joined a gang called CRIPS (Community Revolution and Progress), and was arrested in 2006 for robbery and assault. A rehabilitation program changed his life and he is close to graduating from high school and plans to go to a college in Virginia. View the NYTimes Audio Slide Show.