FORMER MARIJUANA SMUGGLER
Having successfully completed a ten-year sentence, incident free, for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States, I am now seeking a legal and legitimate means to support myself and my family ...
So began Brian O'Dea's advert in a Canadian newspaper following his release after ten years in prison. Such a bold move is indicative of Brian O'Dea's strength, resiience and ingenuity, which has seen him through from his days of being a fugitive, smuggler and drug addict to his time in prison and, ultimately, his redemption.
High interleaves perceptive, funny and alarming extracts of his prison diary with the vivid recollections of his outlaw years: tales of audacious deals, double-crossing contacts and near-fatal plane crashes. Abused as a child by his local priest, this normal young man became a rebel, using and selling drugs for the escape and excitement the offered. Soon he was operatng a $100-million-a-year, 120-man business, and had developed a terrifying cocaine addiction. But, with characteristic fortitude, he managed to quit the trade - and the drugs - and was wroking with recovering addicts in Santa Barbara when the authorities finally caught up with him.
Brian O'Dea has written a brilliant, powerful and inspiring memoir, one that shows how this remarkable man, even in his darkestt hours of addiction and criminility, never lost the love of family and friends and how he came to discover the things in his life that are worth living for.show more