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Confessions Of A Drug Smuggler: 'High'

May 28, 2009 (Talk of the Nation)

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Brian O'Dea tried marijuana in college and saw dollar signs. A born salesman, he began dealing to fellow college students in the early 1970s.

By the early 1980s, he had built a $100 million a year smuggling operation, and a cocaine addiction. His narcotics racket took him around the world to places such as Bogota, Columbia and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

O'Dea had some successful multimillion dollar deals, but more often than not, rip-offs, double-crosses, getting wasted and waiting characterized the operations.

High is Brian O'Dea's memoir of dealing drugs, doing time, and seeking redemption.

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