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Brian O’Dea of Toronto, Ont., Canada, served his time — 10 years — for pot smuggling. Now that he’s out he wants to go straight: he took out a display ad in the “employment wanted” section headlined “Former Marijuana Smuggler” in the Toronto-based National Post looking for legitimate employment. Qualifications? “Owned and operated a successful fishing business — multi vessel, one airplane, one island processing facility,” the ad reads. “Simultaneously owned and operated a fleet of tractor trailer trucks conducting business in the United States. During this time, I also ... participated in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide, in a successful pot smuggling venture with revenues in excess of US$100 million annually.” In an interview with the paper, O’Dea said he hopes “someone will read that ad and realize, jeez, not only did he operate that scheme, but he did it in secret. That shows tremendous coordinating ability.” References? You bet: the ad notes that the U.S. District Attorney will provide one. (RC/National Post) ...Which is more than Bill Clinton can claim after serving eight years.
Original Publication Date: 11 March 2001
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 7.
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