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Livin’ That Tree Life — An Arborist Goes To Prison

Jawed Karim
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Jeffrey Mercado made his living as an arborist, trimming trees from frightening heights.

Most of the stories that I've produced for Uncuffed have been of a serious nature, often dealing with personal issues of national interest. But this time I wanted to do a lighter, more entertaining story, about gangster arborist Jeffrey Mercado livin' that tree life.

"Being here in prison now, I see a lot of people trying to be gangsters. My mindset is, 'man, I could take you to this spot where I know you won't be gangster, and it's at the top of a 90-foot palm tree.'"

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