Jbm 8 Believed Founders

Posted: August 25, 1989

At least eight men founded the Junior Black Mafia in 1985, according to federal, state and local law enforcement sources, and street sources.

They have been identified as:

* James Cole, 35, and his brother, Hayward Cole, 36, convicted drug traffickers who were enforcers in the 1970s for the old Black Mafia, police sources say.

Some investigators believe the Coles, whom drug informants refer to as ''The Big Bosses," continue to lead the JBM.

Other law enforcement and street sources say the Coles are "significant" players who are voluntarily serving lesser roles, for fear of arrest, and who

rarely are seen in Philadelphia.

JBM investigators say that Hayward, who has drug connections in other cities, lives in Atlanta, and that James, who specializes in debugging telephones, cars and homes, and tracing telephone calls, spends much of his time traveling the country promoting his West Philadelphia security firm.

After a reporter identified herself yesterday in a call to the only Hayward Cole in the Atlanta phone book, a man who answered the phone said: "You've got to be kidding," and hung up.

James Cole was arrested on a federal weapons charge Wednesday while moving

from his apartment in Bensalem, Bucks County. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bail.

* Rick Jones, 35, of Dresher, Montgomery County, a convicted drug trafficker who helped set up the organization, is just under the Cole brothers, according to a police chart of JBM hierarchy.

Other law enforcement and drug sources say, however, that he has since opted for a low-profile role.

He may be the wealthiest of the JBM dealers, according to authorities, who allege that Jones has controlled his own heroin operation for more than a dozen years in Germantown and Mount Airy.

He has six arrests on drug charges and was sentenced to 84 months in jail after being convicted in 1981 on conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

He is now "so paranoid" that he wears wigs and other disguises and changes his phone number frequently to avoid assassination or police detection, according to the sources.

* Aaron Jones, of 51st Street near Cedar Avenue in West Philadelphia, the alleged "street boss" who sources say is responsible for distributing drugs and collecting money for the JBM's citywide network.

He was accused in a February drug shooting, but was released when the victim testified that he could not remember who had shot him. The victim had told police earlier that Jones was one of his assailants, police said.

* Benjamin G. Goff, 31, of Hortter Street near Boyer, identified in the 1989 Pennsylvania Crime Commission report as a "high-ranking operative" of the JBM. Goff has no drug arrests.

Goff denied yesterday that he had any links to the JBM.

"I don't have nothing to do with that," he said in a brief telephone interview.

* Tracy Mason, 26, of Annin Street near 16th, also identified by the Crime

Commission as a "high-ranking operative." Mason is awaiting trial on drug trafficking charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

* Leonard "Bazil" Patterson, 27, of Florence Street near 56th, identified by sources as a JBM enforcer. He's awaiting trial in the April 1988 murder of James Wesley Tate and on drug trafficking charges. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

* Mark "Goldie" Casey, 24, of Pickering Street near Woodbrook Lane. He's been convicted of voluntary manslaughter, has been charged in the Jan. 2 murder of Timothy Keitt, and has pleaded not guilty.

In addition, the Crime Commission's 1988 report identified three others as JBM founders. Each is behind bars. Sources say the three are serving the JBM as advisers.

They are Robert "Nudie" Mims, an original member of the old Black Mafia who heads Muslim activities at Graterford state prison; James "Naim" Madison, 32, allegedly the one-time head of a West Philadelphia drug faction, who is in the New Jersey state prison in Rahway; and Michael Youngblood, 33, whom sources say formerly played a role in the JBM's North Philadelphia operations and is in a federal prison in Arizona.

None of the other alleged JBM founders other than Goff and the man who answered the phone listed in the name of a Hayward Cole could be reached for comment.

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