QUOTE FROM MEMOIR – “The Clintons were up to their eyeballs in cocaine.”
Roger Reaves grew up a poor farm boy in Georgia and went from making ‘moonshine’ to becoming one of the most prolific smugglers of the 20th century. He covered six continents, transporting 20 ton ship loads of hash, tons of cocaine, and completed more than 100 sorties across the US border with plane loads of marijuana. His friends and associates spanned the globe. From Medellin Cartel kingpins Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar; to “Mr Nice” Howard Marks and the infamous Barry Seal who was Rogers close friend and employee. He escaped from prison on five separate occasions; was shot down in both Mexico and Colombia; and tortured almost to death in a Mexican prison.
Roger Reaves is hardly known. Yet, he was the man who modernized the Medellin Cartels transport operation. He was close freinds and associates with both Pablo Escobar and Jorge Ochoa.
Roger is the man who met and employed Barry Seal. It was Roger who introduced Barry to Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar. It was Roger who paid the $50,000 per landing at Mena, Arkansas by Barry Seal.
Roger is incarcerated in Western Australia for the importation of one ton of cocaine.
Roger is due for parole on a life sentence sometime after 2018.
Roger details the corruption he witnessed. The pay offs and the sheer adventure. Here is a short video and interview with Roger while in jail in Acacia Prison, Western Australia where Roger is serving 18 to life for the importation of one ton of cocaine into Australia -
Barry Seal is being played by Tom Cruise in an upcoming movie that was originally named “Mena”.
The movie’s name has been changed to “Made In America”.
Mena is a little airport in Arkanasa, USA, where tons of cocaine was unloaded in exchange for arms to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua. This drug smuggling operation ultimately involved the infamous Colonel Oliver North and George W. Bush became known as “Iran/Contra”.
Barry Seal was ultimately assassinated on February 20th, 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Roger met with him just a month previously and warned him if he testified the Cartel would kill him. Roger ran for Brazil and took his whole family with him.
You don’t have to agree with Rogers life choices, he accepts his fate. The memoir however is a rollicking adventure, without doubt. It took 15 years to get the manuscript out. Hollywood director James Cameron expressed an interest in a script in 2008 but the manuscript never got released – till recently, with some mammoth efforts.
You will come away with the feeling the whole drug war is a sham. Roger agrees.
Roger loves to recieve mail. You can write to Roger at:
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