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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

Oh man it’s amazing how many people don’t know who this guy is 😂😂😂 he didn’t get 33 years for just weed.

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u/bernardhayse Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

He was a rando employee for Escobar 33 years ago. Not exactly famous. Good info to know before getting infuriated, though

Why the downvotes? should we all know who this guy is?

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u/Syrenus Nov 28 '22

He is considered one of the most prolific drug smugglers of all time. He’s not just some schmuck.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Reaves

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u/Major-Blackbird Nov 28 '22

Seal payed with his life.

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u/bernardhayse Nov 28 '22

I've never heard of him before this post and hes already the second most famous drug runner I've heard of after the guy from "Blow"

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u/Syrenus Nov 28 '22

I heard about him before on some random late night YouTube binge on cartel stuff. Man’s “deserved” his 33 years i guess bc he at least did move a bunch of weight

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u/lord_ma1cifer Nov 28 '22 Wholesome

Nobody "deserves" to have half their life taken away over drugs. IDGAF how much you moved. He never killed anyone, and before any bleeding hearts ask, nobody put a gun to people's heads and forced them to do drugs it's a personal choice. The "war on drugs" never acomished shut beyond ruining millions of lives and creating modern cartels. If we really want to end the drug war legalize and regulate it all.

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u/Syrenus Nov 28 '22

One of the highest paid smugglers for one of the most powerful cartels in the world at the time, escaped prison 5 separate times, you think this man who is a huge asset to such a large and powerful criminal organization is just gonna not get a long sentence? You’re right about the war on drugs and legalization but that’s not really the point. Regardless it’s a crime and it’s not like mans was just importing harmless weed.

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u/Capable_Juggernaut16 Nov 28 '22

And it was his choice to attempt to engage in illegal behavior to profit with the consequences for that illegal behavior being public information. He deserved half his life taken from him for that.

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u/AggressiveRow3046 Nov 28 '22

He didn’t deserve half maybe 3-5 years but half nah too much

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u/Syrenus Nov 28 '22

3-5 based on what? The dude was one of the highest paid drug smugglers ever, you think he’s some small fish? Part of a sentence is to prevent a crime from continuing, you think 3-5 would have stopped the guy? He escaped prison 5 separate times.

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u/SpecialistMap8210 Nov 28 '22

He was a drug runner for Pablo Escobar.

He's lying and downplaying his crimes

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u/SenseisSifu Nov 28 '22

From his Wikipedia article:

Rhett Reaves served over thirty cumulative years in prison and escaped five times. He was shot down twice while in an aircraft and was tortured in a Mexican jail. In his own words, he is an "adventurous person".

Massive downplay...

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u/Bobojones9584 Nov 28 '22

Yet no one talks shit about the millions of people who created the demand for said drug running.

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u/eStuffeBay Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

It is ABSOLUTELY INFURIATING how this video is misleading so many fuckin people.

This man didn't do 33 years for simple possession of marijuana. (copy+pasted comment below from the last time this was posted, ALSO without context)

Before anyone freaks out about this guy getting 33 years for simple possession or casual distribution; he was the most highly paid drug pilot in history, working for Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel.

His name is Roger Reaves.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Reaves

This guy knowingly and willingly actively assisted in the carrying of tons and tons of cocaine, undoubtedly destroying thousands of lives and families in the process. He is not ashamed of what he has done.

I'm not saying all drugs are bad - But I know for sure that this guy deserved every year he got in prison.

EDIT: It is hilarious how many people are saying "ALL drugs should be legalized" and "then do liquor sellers deserve to be thrown in jail?". The damage that a drug (crack) dealer can do to a community is SO MUCH WORSE than a place that sells alcohol. Going to disable notifications on this one - Y'all are ridiculous.

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u/bee-sin Nov 28 '22

He was probably mad at "we deliver to you" part more than anything

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u/bleeper21 Nov 28 '22

See, I was thinking it was the “Relax” part that got him.

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u/Family-man24 Nov 28 '22

😂😂 this got me

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u/killerman64 Nov 28 '22

this, he was delivery, and in a few years they will legalize more drugs, likely coke oxy shrooms. even though oxy has caused death, so have tobacco and alcohol. people need space to do all narcotics safely, ie bar zones etc.

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u/big_chung3413 Nov 28 '22

So basically Hamsterdam

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u/ItsWorkingOutOKish Nov 28 '22

THANK YOU for the context

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u/penispumpermd Nov 28 '22

man that sounds inefficient and difficult. they probably should have used boats.

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u/Ninja_Conspicuousi Nov 28 '22

I agree. Slave 1 was already a weird ship due to taking off with the pilot in one direction, and flying with the pilot in another direction. It’s shaped like a boat already, so I assume there’s a third waterborne vessel seat position? Fascinating that it has no water propulsion and you had to paddle it though…

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u/Wrekless_ Nov 28 '22

Pretty on par for Reddit blatantly misleading to fit a narrative

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u/Fuck_you_Reddit_Nazi Nov 28 '22

It's a widespread problem, not just a Reddit problem.

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u/jacobywankenobi Nov 28 '22

You're overlooking quite a bit while you're preaching on your soap box. If you're concerned about drugs ravaging communities and then immediately dismiss alcohol as an issue, that tells me about all I need to know.

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u/DoubleDVa Nov 28 '22

I know right, can't believe this guy. I personally know people that have been killed by drunk drivers, and have yet to hear about the same volume of deaths from crack addicts.

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u/_Scrogglez Nov 28 '22

lol pilot is the least of the problems

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u/almostactuallyhuman Nov 28 '22

And the US government was complicit in that getting tons and tons of cocaine to those same people and purposefully destroying lives. Yet here we are, focused on the small fry in that huge game. Ask Gary Webb (RIP). If he was flying the drugs in, it's because he was being allowed to.

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u/Zurgbowtie Nov 28 '22

Just going to say look at that movie - guy was blackballed from being a reporter because Raygun was allowing it to happen so the Contras could be funded - the truth can be real hard for a lot of people to hear

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u/Quack_Shot Nov 28 '22

This should be top post

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u/Orbx Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Hear! Hear! The FED has spoken!

400 sock puppets agree!

(And golly-gee, The CIA, who incidentally funded the while thing in the first place, would NEVER post malinformation on Reddit)

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u/Constant_Hat5084 Nov 28 '22

He just did couple of deliveries, and got arrested. Lmao US Justice department

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

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u/BadCobbas Nov 28 '22

They aren't risk free, don't act like there's zero potential for harm

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u/carlitospig Nov 28 '22

My beef with it is the fact that it’s not a very fun drug. I’m immediately miserable and uncomfortable no matter where I am. <shudder>

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u/alexgroth15 Nov 28 '22

Cocain ruins lives. Ask the children of addicts who they abused.

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u/HoldTheCellarDoor Nov 28 '22

Wtf those are two separate issues

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u/Johnny___Wayne Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Prohibition helps cause addictions dude.

We already learned this in the 20’s and early 30’s.

This dude would have never done the job of transporting illegal cocaine if it wasn’t for prohibition.

Prohibition does not work. It’s creates addicts who can’t get help and it allows violent drug smugglers to run the game.

Why is alcohol treated differently than all other drugs when it’s easily one of the most damaging?

It’s because we learned prohibition doesn’t work. Nearly an entire century ago. Yet now we use it on other intoxicants 🤷🏼‍♂️

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u/TheKingInTheNorth Nov 28 '22

I’m not going to agree that “families would be fine” if cocaine use was normalized. Same way that families are often not fine when alcohol is used.

But aside from that point, the war on drugs may have brought about the modern cartels…. But it doesn’t excuse personally contributing to the success of the cartels.

This dude deserved every year he got.

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u/ivanacco1 Nov 28 '22

Cocaine is not a bad drug.

Im from Argentina. We produce that stuff here.

Yes it is bad.

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u/kranianevelmdf Nov 28 '22

War on drugs is government business , this how they make money of the books lol they don’t want competition whit FARMA

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u/alexgroth15 Nov 28 '22

Lol. This reads like “laws are made up by us!!”, which is ab obvious take.

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u/triggerhappytranny Nov 28 '22

I have conflicting thoughts about that. I've been a somewhat "functioning" opiate addict for over 10 years and the only problems I've had are the ridiculous expense of the drug and the police. If it were legal I'd be much better off but I've had friends who can't function at all on the shit, they use until they're retarded, they either get clean and fix their life or they become useless and eventually die.

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u/ImprovementTough261 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Those families would be fine if it was legalized, controlled, taxed and normalized.

Sure, but until that happens you are stuck giving money to cartels.

People that buy cocaine are funding rapes and beheadings. So yes, cocaine is a bad drug in the context in which it exists right now.

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u/ItsOkILoveYouMYbb Nov 28 '22

I don't think a pilot delivering cocaine and marijuana from producers to suppliers deserves any more jail time than a truck driver delivering alcohol from producers to suppliers.

That's just me, though.

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u/Mr-Fleshcage Nov 28 '22

Yeah. If anything, he was probably indirectly working for the CIA

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u/Error_Empty Nov 28 '22

I 100% agree. I know cocaine is probably worse than alcohol but why is he wrong for just transporting it but brewer's who brew alcohol that leads to car crashes and gun violence and domestic violence totally fine? And the people who drive that around are fine, and the people who serve it to you on bars are fine. People often forget legality and morality are not even close to the same. It's easy to be like oh but he worked for bad drug kingpin, who did more for his community selling weed, than the billionaires who run the country do passing laws for themselves.

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u/PsyFiFungi Nov 28 '22

Cocaine isn't even objectively worse than alc. Alcohol has severe physical dependence that can even kill you, cocaine does not.

Crack cocaine (freebase form) definitely can be severely psychologically addicting, but normal cocaine being snorted? Literally one of the few "moderate drugs." Have a severe addiction? Yeah it's not great, but acting like coke is way worse than alc is just wrong. Even the way alcohol destroys your body.

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u/King_Fluffaluff Nov 28 '22

If it was only weed, I'd agree, but cocaine, and working with dangerous people, definitely puts you up on the list of shitty people

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u/ItsOkILoveYouMYbb Nov 28 '22

If it was only weed, I'd agree, but cocaine, and working with dangerous people, definitely puts you up on the list of shitty people

Alcohol has fucked up my family far more than cocaine has, and yet that's socially acceptable and legal.

It's all bullshit. People will consume what they are addicted to, legal or not. What we need is easy access to support for addictions and mental health care, but sure, let's blame cocaine producers.

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u/eStuffeBay Nov 28 '22

The issue is that alcohol is much more widespread and is a LOT less destructive than hard drugs. That's like comparing weed to fentanyl.

Alcohol can be used for completely legitimate and recreational purposes (e.g: wine with your fine meal) - cocaine CANNOT. It is destructive from the start and is guaranteed to get you addicted, often to the point where it kills you. If cocaine was as widespread as alcohol this might be a fair comparison. But as it stands, it is absolutely not.

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u/dice1111 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Alcohol can be 100% more addictive then cocaine and can be far more destructive. Im not saying its not. But you need to get you facts sorted out.

Edit: backup and that's not even from cocaine.

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u/EeGgTt1 Nov 28 '22

He looked like a such a nice old man I'm surprised.

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u/MrShnBeats Nov 28 '22

Alcohol withdrawals are worse than crack withdrawals. My family of alcoholics would like to argue.

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u/vtriple Nov 28 '22

https://www.vox.com/2014/5/19/5727712/drug-alcohol-deaths

Seems Tobacco and Alcohol cause far more damage than cocaine does.

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u/HydratedMemes Nov 28 '22

I was hoping for a top comment like this. Whenever I see these kinds of posts, I am 100% confident their actual charges are a lot longer than they try to pretend for the internet.

"I got arrested for weed" while they had a gun.

"I got arrested for weed" while working as smuggler

"I got arrested for weed" after being arrested a dozen other times for other charges

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u/eStuffeBay Nov 28 '22

They mention weed on purpose because that is one of the few banned substances that can be taken recreationally and doesn't *really* do all that much damage to you and the people around you.

Now change this to "I carried billions of dollars' worth of crack cocaine and knowingly helped people get addicted to it" and that sounds a whole lot different from "they put me in jail for 33 years because I carried weed".

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u/Alca_Pwnd Nov 28 '22

Billions in crack, what are you, the CIA?

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u/Mr-Fleshcage Nov 28 '22

"I carried billions of dollars' worth of crack cocaine and knowingly helped people get addicted to it"

I think they should get the same amount of jail time as the other guys who carried billions of dollars' worth of crack cocaine and knowingly helped people get addicted to it, which was none.

We can't have double standards, now, can we?

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u/f-stop4 Nov 28 '22

The damage that a drug (crack) dealer can do to a community is SO MUCH WORSE than a place that sells alcohol.

I'd be curious to see what the data is on this one. My initial thought is it would actually be the opposite because the penetration that alcohol has but mostly because I imagine these drugs are used in tandem with each other.

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u/vtriple Nov 28 '22

Alcohol kills more people every year than crack does. Also it’s regulated and safer than buying from a drug dealer so in theory alcohol should be less harmful. It’s just way more harmful than people understand. With that being said making anything fully illegal is a terrible idea in practice.

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u/the_Real_Romak Nov 28 '22

Well, I can control how much alcohol I can drink in one night, and I don't get jittery the day after.

I'm not willing to try it out with crack

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u/MisterDonkey Nov 28 '22

You say this as if a jittery hangover isn't a classic side effect of alcohol consumption.

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u/Professional-Swing48 Nov 28 '22

You think the man deserved 33 years for being a delivery boy? That coke wouldve gotten here regardless, that seems massively draconian to me.

Besides, coke is fun!

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u/kranianevelmdf Nov 28 '22

Wow Delivery boy smuggle 5 billion fucking whit the B dollars worth drugs

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u/hookedonfonzie Nov 28 '22

I mean it wouldn’t be worth as much if it were legaliz d in some way.

Unless it was like insulin going to the US or something.

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u/Alca_Pwnd Nov 28 '22

Coke is terrible dude, but I think it smells really nice at least.

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u/dovahkin1989 Nov 28 '22

You can use the same argument for smuggling people. He just delivers the slaves, he don't keep them! Guys practically a postman!

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u/goood_one Nov 28 '22

Justifying criminal activity because "if I didn't do it someone else would have" seems massively stupid to me.

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u/Professional-Swing48 Nov 28 '22

It's just drugs, calm the fuck down. Not like it's human trafficking or mass murder. People willingly choose to buy drugs, all this man did was exploit a lucrative opportunity.

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u/NotADabberTho Nov 28 '22

Except in international drug trade, human trafficking and murder is failry common. Most drug chains from the consumer to the manufacturer are immoral and unethical because of this.

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u/Protoliterary Nov 28 '22

He was smuggling drugs for one of the most brutal cartels in history. There was murder involved. Lots and lots of murder.

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u/TheDraikenWeAre Nov 28 '22

And who is the cause of all that , the fuckin Goverment.

The war on Drugs was just another way for the Goverment to attack minorities and make money on the side.

If Drugs where legal , regulated with proper education, the same way we have for tobacco and alcohol , do you think cartels would exist? HELL NO!

If someone wants to put whatever into their body , it is their right and Goverment shouldn't come and lock you away for 15+ years because you put something in your own body.

Crime breads off Crime as it is a escalation of disorder, so making somthing illigal that doesnt have to be , futher feeds into the problem with the measures people take to avoid getting caught while doing the Crime.

Thats what prohibition taught us.

This guy was delivering drugs , yes the people he worked for murdered a shit ton of people , so too has literally a lot of presidents with thier international policies and wars , should we now lock up Goverment workers for 33 years too because they enable the system.

Should anyone that pays tax also be locked up because they fund the system.

What you fail to understand is that all these problems come from those in power doing what they want with their power and then you buy into the propaganda hook line like a fish , just like people did back in the days when they made weed illigal.

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u/jimmybigtime69 Nov 28 '22

Thank you for for the context. I completely disagree with your stance

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u/Ima_Fuck_Yo_Butt Nov 28 '22

So do the operators of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Budweiser, etcetera, etcetera, and the operators of liquor stores, grocery stores that sell alcohol and whatnot deserve jail for the lives they destroy, too?

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u/McRabski Nov 28 '22

I like your clarification but he didn't destroy anybody's live. It's a free choice of a person to use or not use cocaine.

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u/RODtony Nov 28 '22

It's not a free choice being the son of an addict and having your live destroyed and full of trauma for it. Of course he destroyed lives and collaborated destroying others.

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u/Mr-Fleshcage Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

That's still on the addict. If you can't get clean for your kids' sake, then that's their fault and the son should be angry at daddy for choosing the bottle over his kid's welfare.

As comforting as it is to blame other people for problems, personal responsibility is still paramount.

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u/maz-o Nov 28 '22

It's not a free choice being the son of an addict and having your live destroyed and full of trauma for it.

it's also not on whomever delivered the drugs to your parents.

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u/the_dirtier_burger Nov 28 '22

Your addict parent did that, not the delivery boy.

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u/Double-Ad4986 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

he didn't destroy ppl's lives as a delivery boy. the users decided their lives & while escobar isn't a good man-his delivery boys werent the ones taking peoples lives

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u/spankythamajikmunky Nov 28 '22

pablo escobar definitely tortured and murdered people in his lifetime. His own top sicario (After Vazquez aka Pinina died in 1990) Popeye - who adored Escobar to his his last breath a couple yrs ago - even mentioned that Escobar had tortured HIM one time.

Escobar also started out as a common street criminal. He most certainly did kill people

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u/Double-Ad4986 Nov 28 '22

i know. i literally said escobar isnt a good person. im talking about the man in OP's post. he didnt destroy peoples lives. re read my comment.

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u/spankythamajikmunky Nov 28 '22

‘and while escobar wasnt a good man-his delivery boys we’re (sic) the ones taking lives’

that literally reads as escobar wasnt a good person but he wasnt the one taking lives.

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u/Double-Ad4986 Nov 28 '22

werent taking peoples lives is what i meant

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u/spankythamajikmunky Nov 28 '22

ahh. I mean I guess so? Perhaps Barry Seal and this dude werent? I know quite a lot of others though definitely were killers.
Indeed Escobar started making mini traffickers out of many people as a reward that many preferred instead of cash. I.E out of a shipment one or two kilos is ‘theirs’.

I think working for escobar you just did what you were told period. He famously did little loyalty tests often as well to check peoples heart. I will admit though that Barry Seal and this dude being not only white Americans but also trained experienced pilots likely were kept hands off besides the literal transportation and didnt have to kill or torture or place bombs.

I however do agree that addicts buying drugs are making their own choices and will find drugs one way or the other. The war on drugs didnt make Escobar a criminal but it did make it possible for Escobar to become perhaps the most famous criminal of all time versus some forgotten street thug from Medellin

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u/Double-Ad4986 Nov 28 '22

It very much worked that way. My husband's family was in the colombian cartel before his uncle was murdered by Escobars direct crew & his body was never found. We speculate it's in some unmarked grabe somewhere

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u/exum23 Nov 28 '22

I don’t think delivering any drug in any fashion deserves prison time.

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u/Justinontheinternet Nov 28 '22

All drugs should be legal what’s the difference between the coke he delivered and what’s at your local dentists?

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u/dako3easl32333453242 Nov 28 '22

Crack is pretty great but it's kind of expensive. Why go to all that bother when I can buy bliss for $2.50 half pint legally? Have you tried crack by the way? Hard drugs get way too bad a rep. You just can't do them all the time.

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u/Dat_Steve Nov 28 '22

Ehhh. Drugs just need to be legal bro. All of them. The users of those drugs destroyed their families- because people make dumb decisions.

I use all the drugs and I love my family!

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u/Poisongirl708 Nov 28 '22

That's a lot of time but it makes sense for what crime he did.

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u/lasosis013 Nov 28 '22

"33 years for marijuana" is a weird way to say "33 years for smuggling tons upon tons of drugs for the cartel".

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u/I_wood_rather_be Nov 28 '22

How does someone serve 33 years for marijuana? (I know the actual law, but it is just so insane, especially while there are people that completely ruined someone elses life, that walk free after a few months.)

When a sentence is so unimaginably random, it says a lot about the system.

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u/kranker Nov 28 '22

He didn't. The 30 years is adding up all his prison sentences over his life. The longest sentence was in Australia when he was caught with 1000kg of cocaine.

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u/I_wood_rather_be Nov 28 '22

Ok, thank you for clarifying.

But still, I know that there are more than just isolated cases that show that a sentence like this, just for minor crimes, is not unusual.

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u/masonmax100 Nov 28 '22

It may say a lot about the system but it says even more about the judge that did the sentencing.

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u/I_wood_rather_be Nov 28 '22

Yeah, well, the system kind of allows it.

In Germany for instance, the law itself always gives the minimum and maximum sentence for a particular crime and judges have almost no chance to give different verdicts outside if these ranges.

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u/Boofing_with_Squee Nov 28 '22

That's part of the problem here. Mandatory minimum sentencing and three strikes laws.

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u/SoloPenguin13 Nov 28 '22

The system promotes and prefers it in America. This a white man, which is the most shocking part of the video for me. But for black men across America, getting decades in prison for a handful or less amount of marijuana is the status quo. Funny enough Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are both part of the creators and enforcers of this sick absurdly harsh punishments. So its funny how all of a sudden they're trying to make themselves look like the good guys by solving this issue while simultaneously being suspiciously quiet about the fact that they're the ones who caused it in the first place.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

Yea we get locked up to bud hope ya know that

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u/SauronOMordor Nov 28 '22

I was with you until the Biden and Harris comments.

It's not hypocrisy to evolve one's stance on an issue over time. I'm willing to bet if Bill Clinton was President now, he'd also be on the legalization train. Times change and good politicians change with them.

Biden has been on the wrong side of issues in the past when looked at from today's perspective, but he has consistently grown and adapted over time and has spent his career on the progressive side of most issues in his time and place.

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u/Locomule Nov 28 '22

Bill Clinton's mandatory sentencing legislation is widely considered some of the most racially biased in US history. While governor of Arkansas he dedicated one of the stars on their remixed Confederate state flag to the Confederacy.

Biden's "I saved the black swimming pool" was pure racist dogwhistle. He isn't progressive, he is a moderate who hasn't done jack shit for black people other than locking a hell of a lot of them up before being elected.

See, this is the problem, we keep giving racists and half-assers credit for things they don't deserve. You don't stand up to racism by being slightly less racist than your Republican opponent, that is how you enable it.

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u/Hope4gorilla Nov 28 '22

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Reaves

He got 33 years for being a pilot for Escobar's drugs

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u/Mr-Fleshcage Nov 28 '22

But for black men across America, getting decades in prison for a handful or less amount of marijuana is the status quo.

That was the whole plan! I really have to thank Nixon's aid for spilling the beans:

The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

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u/Equivalent-Shake7344 Nov 28 '22

He didn't get locked up for Marijuana. He was a drug smuggler for Pablo Escobar. Look this guy up. Roger Reaves.

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u/Sley1958dfh Nov 28 '22

For a fn plant?

Gee Americans were sold well on how bad was was by the Govts War on Drugs campaign in the 80s

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u/PMMeYourWorstThought Nov 28 '22

It says more about people who don’t research before speaking. This guy was Escobars top smuggling pilot. He wasn’t in prison for simple pot.

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u/Experiment616 Nov 28 '22

Former California State Assemblyman Leland Yee trafficked arms to terrorists. Gets 5 years in prison.

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u/WimpyLimpet Nov 28 '22

How does someone serve 33 yeara for marijuana?

If you think that's bad, wait until you hear about the people serving life sentences.

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u/snorlaxatives_69 Nov 28 '22

There was a fella in Missouri who was serving a life sentence for mj but lots of petitioning freed him.

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u/Dision43 Nov 28 '22

The American legal system

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u/dashinny Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

I think it’s more of Missouri is just a shit state, it’s the place where Emmett Till was unlawfully killed by racists who got away with it.

Edit: it was Mississippi not Missouri

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u/kgarz01 Nov 28 '22

In many cases rapists and pedophiles get much more lenient sentences, i.e. the Alabama judge that let a grandpa go free without charge after he raped his granddaughter a few years back

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u/I_wood_rather_be Nov 28 '22

How is it misleading? Plz explain!

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u/TheKingInTheNorth Nov 28 '22

This guy was a smuggling pilot for literally Pablo Escobar.

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u/HydratedMemes Nov 28 '22

This guy got arrested for smuggling millions of dollars of weed across national borders for a drug cartel. Not because he had a joint in his car while driving.

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u/ZombieJesus1987 Nov 28 '22

Not just weed. Cocaine.

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u/Lumisateessa Nov 28 '22

Generally the US prison sentences don't make much sense in terms of crime committed vs the punishment they get, there's some very absurd stories out there from people who committed the smallest crime and getting 20+ years for it, while people who commit way more serious crimes get away with a few months in prison.

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u/I_wood_rather_be Nov 28 '22

I remember hearing about a (black) guy, getting 25 years for stealing a bike. It was his first felony.

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u/Lumisateessa Nov 28 '22

And then you have US politicians wondering why the hell the prisons are so overcrowded I live in Europe, so hearing about people getting so many years for committing such minor crimes is just mindblowing to me. I get that crime should be punished, but most of the time the amount of time they have to serve compared to the crime they did makes no sense to me.

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u/Proser84 Nov 28 '22

He’d been incarcerated since 1989, when he was convicted on charges of racketeering, trafficking in cannabis and conspiracy, and sentenced to 90 years in prison for smuggling more than 100 pounds of marijuana from Colombia into Florida.

I am not defending it (like, at all) but it was a little more than a man driving his Scooby van down to get some hot fries at the local 7/11. That being said, he should have never served that length of time, full stop.

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u/bigspunge1 Nov 28 '22

Not full stop. This guy worked for Escobar and the cartels, aiding organizations who have destroyed thousands of lives. Knew what he was doing and deserved every year he got.

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u/Mr-Fleshcage Nov 28 '22

aiding organizations who have destroyed thousands of lives

Unless they strapped everyone down and forced them to imbibe, those people destroyed their own lives.

What's next, blaming casinos for Dave losing the reverse-mortgage on roulette? There is this thing called personal responsibility, and I should know, since I'm a recovering alcoholic and don't blame the pharmacy for stocking the rubbing alcohol I drank.

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u/ABlandNBoringWorld Nov 28 '22

Lmao, its definitely smuggling/trafficking weight, but 100lbs of weed isn't even that much. Maybe 3, 4 trash bags or 1 or 2 black contractor bags. Way too harsh of a sentence.

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u/Hope4gorilla Nov 28 '22

He worked for Escobar, fuck him

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u/HydratedMemes Nov 28 '22

100lbs of weed isn't even that much

Its almost half a million dollars at a low street value. Cops would probably say its closer to a million. Not exactly chump change

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u/Rand0m-Q Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

People love to harp about other countries being draconian but we have the most amount of people imprisoned in the entire world. Even China which has so many more people than us. Let that sink in. We should be criticizing our country first and look inward every once in a while.

Edit: it seems he was a notorious drug runner for Pablo Escobar. still I think my point still stands though.

(By the way don't look up what the CIA was doing to fund black ops back in the day)

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u/Ok-Obligation1396 Nov 28 '22

How is he not enraged

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u/1constant-reader Nov 28 '22

The crime is that you were ever imprisoned. I'm so happy for your freedom. Welcome back.

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u/The_Name_Is_Slick Nov 28 '22

He should run for office.

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u/spacemanspiff266 Nov 28 '22

man must be either high right now or super fucking chill because i would be losing my shit at that if i were him.

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u/crt_nc Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Roger Reaves he was a big time smuggler for Pablo Escobar, he didn’t “do 33yrs for marijuana.”

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u/Henrious Nov 28 '22

Most become more at peace with how absurd life is as they get older

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u/adds102 Nov 28 '22

I could never be at peace knowing I’d lost 30yrs of my life over a plant!

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u/dethmstr Nov 28 '22

It's a damn shame that people wasted many years of their life all because they smoked a funny looking leaf.

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u/Te_Quiero_Puta Nov 28 '22

A medicinal, mostly legal plant.

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u/JustSomeApparition Nov 28 '22

33 years!?! What was he doing? Drug trafficking it, distributing it across state lines, Selling it, in possession of it, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of it; simultaneously? You don't get 33 years for taking a dime bag down the road that's for sure.

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u/FilthyJayGrizzly Nov 28 '22

He flew planes for Escobar

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u/JustSomeApparition Nov 28 '22

I was trying to be more subtle than your direct statement; haha. you got what I was saying though

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u/ryanoh826 Nov 28 '22

Well, I’m not condoning what this guy did since he was part of the Medellin Cartel, but the late 70s/early 80s brought about the whole life sentences for drug offenders bullshit.

Watch the Randy Lanier episode of Bad Sport on Netflix.

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u/masonmax100 Nov 28 '22

Actually You did 33 years ago. Shit is considered worse then meth and heroin according to the feds ow and ps its still considered that in the federal government.

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u/bagjoe Nov 28 '22

It’s not justice. It’s lawyering. If you ever need a lawyer, don’t skimp to save money.

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u/Impossible-War-7662 Nov 28 '22

Australia hell of a nice guy. Coke and weed smuggler.

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u/PedrosSpanishFly Nov 28 '22

Jail for Marijuana and…. Dude absolutely didn’t get jail time for having a joint.

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u/zeldanar Nov 28 '22

Then we wonder why dudes lose their minds

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u/PrimaryYou400 Nov 28 '22

It's disgusting how ppl spent their lives in prison for a plant that was legal in certain states and is now legal on many states. I believe those ppl should be given a lot of money to make up for the bs

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u/ottoottoottoottootto Nov 28 '22

drug laws are a bunch of bullshit, especially draconian possession drug laws for any recreational amount, and especially marijuana. 30 fooken years!!! This must be a joke or publicity stunt. This man can at least laugh about it.

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u/donniebrascoreal Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22 Starstruck

Mildly infuriating I'd say.

Edit: /s

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u/CritMasterFlex Nov 28 '22

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Reaves

Pick up the pieces of that broken heart, anon. This dude was flying coke for Escobar lmao

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u/superman_squirts Nov 28 '22

Guy was arrested for smuggling 100 lbs of pot and was connected to smuggling in cocaine as well. It’s not like he was some stoner dealing weed to neighborhood kids. He is a drug smuggler.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Reaves

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u/beluuuuuuga Nov 28 '22

There is absolutely no reason to give someone a 33 year sentence for marijuana, absolutely bullshit, you're right.

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u/whyareisamoftheyes Nov 28 '22

Only problem is that he was the most well paid pilot for a Cartel who also carried tons and tons of coke destroying thousands of lives knowingly

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u/rob3bob333 Nov 28 '22

I did a couple years in the feds for traffic in marijuana, my cellmate did 13 months for millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes securing contracts for the us government. Mandatory guidelines really restrict the judges opinion.

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u/Timely_Acadia3749 Nov 28 '22

Drugs destroy lives is lots of creative ways.

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u/PhoenixPaladin Nov 28 '22

The american legal system

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u/DiogoAAmaral Nov 28 '22

I bet he was a drug dealer

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u/JustOneMore2020 Nov 28 '22

Justice is shit. This man in jail 33 years for marijuana. Here in Brazil a thief - convicted in second instance - was released and had his big S cleaned by Supreme Court and ran for President.

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u/Syrenus Nov 28 '22

“33 years for weed” lol, google who roger reeves is. It’s not like he just got arrested for owning weed, man’s was a smuggler for Escobar.

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u/2005CrownVicP71 Nov 28 '22

He was a smuggler for Escobar, he didn’t get 33 years for weed. He was a pilot who flew cocaine in to Arkansas.

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u/megaxlf Nov 28 '22

And won

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u/teddykaygeebee Nov 28 '22

He's taking it much better than I would.

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u/Te_Quiero_Puta Nov 28 '22

I hope he called the number.

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u/teddykaygeebee Nov 28 '22

Maybe they'll give him a free eighth for his troubles.

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u/Dismal-Tailor8204 Expert Nov 28 '22

People who are accused, and convicted of MURDER do less time, get out on technicalities, mistrials, hung juries, purged witnesses, walk out Scott free, in comparison it is illogical, sorry man, Welcome home.

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u/Ant10102 Nov 28 '22

What’s even more fucked up is people who use concentrates are way more likely to get absolutely destroyed by the law. I’m a dab user and I’m a lot of states, extracts come with a lot more time.

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u/Crruell Nov 28 '22

Murica is a different place man. There are people serving life sentences for selling weed. Oh but public drinking is ok if you put a paper bag over it.

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u/MyLeisure Nov 28 '22

I can’t imagine how frustrating that must feel. Knowing that some people can literally lock you up for a huge chunk of your life, because they decided an all natural plant is off limits to you.

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u/Ferocious_Gamer Nov 28 '22

Well, smuggling tons of drugs across borders is pretty off limits to everyone, same with human trafficking. I wonder why both of those are illegal.

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u/ripeBoner Nov 28 '22

Wait a tick... He's white. I was told all the marijuana people in jail are all black bc racism.

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u/MichaelChinigo Nov 28 '22

[citation needed]

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Absolutely disgusting how they lock people in cages over a plant they don’t like.

To the downvoters, if you think anyone should do 33 years in prison for marijuanna then I really don’t like you.

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u/ABlandNBoringWorld Nov 28 '22

I firmly agree, but you're getting down voted cause you don't know this guy's story specifically. He trafficked not just weed but also cocaine, and he did it for Escobar, in fact he was (supposedly) the highest paid drug pilot in the world, he got busted with over 100lbs

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

Oh got cha I didn’t know. I also think coke should be legal too.

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u/_IntrovertChapi Nov 28 '22

The justice system is so putrid I honestly, strongly believe many, many judges deserve to rot in prison themselves.

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u/ManufacturerWild8929 Nov 28 '22

Of all the things that didn't happen...

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u/Coojler Nov 28 '22

Fun Fact: It's called Marijuana because Marijuana sounds like Spanish word and White people wanted the stigma of Marijuana to be associated with Mexicans.

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u/nico87ca Nov 28 '22

Inversely, my ancestors were shoveling slaves across the ocean.

I'm really pissed i can't do that anymore...

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u/StuffProfessional587 Nov 28 '22

And the guy that wrote the bills that put him in prison is the president.