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December 14th, 2009
12:33 PM ET

Kyra & The Drug Smuggler

It's not every day you get to talk to a (former) drug smuggler at length. So we were pretty intrigued when our booker Karen landed Brian O'Dea.

Brian was arrested in 1990, and convicted of importing 75 TONS of marijuana into the United States. He got 10 years for it.

He's now an author and film/tv producer, who tries to help young people caught up in addictions.



soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    A person could really roll a good sized joint with 25 tons of weed but what about his creditors there shurly not happy with loosing there money does he still have to look his shoulder.

    December 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    The only distinction between a 'illegal' drug dealer and 'legal' drug dealers (pharmacy's) across the street corners of America, is sheer politics and nothing but politics.

    Legal drug dealers make billions of dollars selling and promoting Valium, Viagra, etc. as long as some of those profits end up in the Republican lawmakers pockets its legal and fine.

    America needs to end the failed war on drugs and return medical concerns to its medical doctors and medical community.

    President Nixon determined his most vocal critics were pot smoking hippies and passed severe sweeping illegal drug laws specifically to throw his critics into prison. ALL of these illegal drug laws stem from that crass and callous political decision.

    In the 1940's farmers were urged by the US Govt. for the war effort to grow marijuana to provide hemp rope to the war effort, the campaign was 'Grow Hemp for Victory'. And here in this article you have a man that got 10 years in prison for doing what the Govt. urged its citizens to do 30 years previously, go figure!

    December 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  3. dan

    GOOD GOOD GOOD interview.

    December 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm |
  4. Dodie

    Interesting! So a drug smuggler is making as much if not more money from a movie pertaining to his last profession, drug smuggling. Why not?

    @ A. Smith, Oregon. Excellent correlation between illegal and legalized drugs. Thank you for bringing out that point!

    @ michael armstrong sr. TX. It Would take a pretty big mouth to accomplish that task. I could see some Politians fitting that category! I will not say their names, to protect the guilty

    December 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Wizeguy

    The "war on drugs" was a war on the people from the get go. Narcs in the late 60's and early 70's were bringing in kids with a couple of joints in their socks. A complete waste of time they might as well have been shoveling water. It was a way to get federal dollars so arresting 100 teenagers made them look good. Our Politicians need to get off their "high" horse and take a look at other societies that have sollved the problem by legalization.

    December 16, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  6. Jah Wayne, Jamaica, WI

    Blessed Love, What wasn't reported was that Brian had several government agents that helped him with his "SMUGGLING" ring.....So basically there is a lot of double cross that went on.....they made money off of him as well.....we know who those agents are.....There is so much illegal activities that the US government is involved it it is a shame.....i personally am aware of a certain retired officer that did some illegal activities involving attempted murder of a relative of mine after said relative won a case of alleged marijuana dealings against the government......

    As was mentioned the "War on Drugs" was just lip service......i personally know where the breeches in the system is and who's got whom in the pocked, mark my word there is such a thing as "JUSTICE" after ALL.....LOVE YA, KYRA

    December 17, 2009 at 4:50 pm |