- "Jake's been running guns and food and all sorts of stuff ever since he was old enough to pilot a ship."
At a young age, Jake began working as a blockade runner, transporting food and arms to besieged planets. Originally, he worked with other smugglers and flew a variety of different starships, but eventually he made enough money to start working independently. At some point, Jake made his way to the planet Cularin and began taking jobs from the local crime lord Nirama, as well as other people. He also became an associate of the playboy freighter captain Xav Verivax.