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“Smuggling Weed in the Florida Everglades” with Vice and Tim McBride

Our friend, Tim McBride, recently took Vice to Everglades City in Florida where he told them of the days when he ran a pot smuggling empire back in the 80’s, transporting millions of pounds of Caribbean cannabis into Florida.

As Tim told CLN, “I was making $100-200 million deals in downtown Miami in a Cuban cafe sipping coffee and doing the deal with a handshake.”

Everglades City, which is a small town of about 500 people, sometimes had half of the entire town involved in a single job, and Tim and his team were making millions- but by the time the law caught up with him, he was facing multiple life sentences. As he told CLN, “I was looking at 160 years mandatory to life in a federal prison and $16 million in fines”.

Watch as Tim and an old pot hauler buddy navigate the Florida backwaters and reminisce on how they avoided the law in the Everglades’ islands in what a former U.S. customs agent called a “cat and mouse game”.

But as Tim tells it, “It’s just how we grew up as kids. My story spans 40 years and 3 generations, and we ran those southern waters of Florida and the Caribbean with impunity.”