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Former cocaine smuggler Pieter Tritton speaks to insider about his experience and how cocaine smuggling works.
Pieter began his journey as a small time drug dealer in the UK. He says that the illegal rave scene in the UK and lack of funding as a university student drove him to sell drugs on a larger scale. Pieter's operation eventually supplied many big time dealers in the UK. He then began importing cocaine from Ecuador to Europe through a cartel connection. Pieter was arrested in Ecuador and sentenced to 12 years in one of the worlds most violent and corrupt prisons. He now works as a public speaker on the dangers of drugs, and also presents a show on local radio station “incapable staircase” every Friday from 4-5:30 pm GMT.
0:00 Introduction
0:48 Cocaine Farming and Processing
3:08 The Trafficking
7:30 The Extraction
8:05 The Buying
9:05 The Supply Chain
9:57 The Aftermath
11:10 The New Market
14:34 The Backstory
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Cat Yatzee
Cat Yatzee Yıl önce
I had a professor who used to send chemicals needed to make artificial sweeteners to Bogota that happened to be a white powder. Every shipment, without fail, was flagged because it was suspected to be cocaine, and every time my professor was like “WHY WOULD I BE SENDING COCAINE *TO* COLOMBIA”
Lilly Lee
Lilly Lee Yıl önce
Candice Yıl önce
It’s Colombia and yes they have to check for that stuff anyways because there is so much trafficking going on and the Colombian government is very strict on what enters and leaves the country, however most of the coke is passed through the ocean among other forms.
kell 2012
kell 2012 Yıl önce
Messy Yıl önce
I hate to be that person, but many Colombians hate it whenever people write it as "Columbia"! So, just a heads up.
Twenty Two
Twenty Two Yıl önce
@Messy In my language we call it Kolumbija. Accept it.
Ryan Yıl önce
For someone who's essentially a hardened criminal, and who has been imprisoned in some of the worst living conditions on the planet, this gentlemen seems extremely articulate, intelligent and very down to earth.
TIOLI Yıl önce
I mean, he wasn't called "Posh Pete" for no reason.
Rara Avis
Rara Avis Yıl önce
I know. He's the epitome of the 'nice neighbor', no one would ever suspect...👀
Northside Yıl önce
Drug trafficking is business. He’s a business man.
Allan Anderson
Allan Anderson Yıl önce
He did go to university
GT Yıl önce
That was a great watch. Very intelligent, well spoken and honest. His points on legalising by taking the financial gain away and therfore the motivation is absolutely spot on. Glad he made it out the other side.
J B Yıl önce
CA & OR have legalized weed. Has that stopped illegal grows and the use of basically slave labor trafficked from Central America? ANSWER...No.
Timothayy Yıl önce
@J B This is one of the biggest bs arguments out there. The reason that there still is a black market is that weed is not legalized federally. Therefore it is less risky to grow in states where it has been decriminalized or legalized, exporting into states with prohibiton. Simple as that. You wouldn't expect a legalization of cocaine in south america to kill off cartels as they can still export, do you?
Serious Cat
Serious Cat Yıl önce
In comparison, problem with prostitution is that the demand will always exceed the legal supply, so there would always be human trafficking. Problem with street drugs is the connection between drug use and social isolation that is independent of any law. See Bruce K. Alexander.
Mike R
Mike R Yıl önce
Why is he “called, posh Pete’s and the people who sell it at street level thugs? I see so many racially tinged comments about the street level distributors, but not with guys like this. Seems like a culture problem with people like Pete.
Captain Yıl önce
I was a trafficker in California, and while I was closer to street level my experiences are similar to this guys. I never got caught because I realized when it was time to get out and took my chance, but he's right about the need to legalize it. Personally, I think it needs to be decriminalized instead, but that's for the public to decide. Just realize that "legal" and "illegal" still creates a market.
st don bosco
st don bosco Yıl önce
They'll never stop it
Jeffery Yıl önce
Of course there will still be an illegal market but it’s undeniably smaller than a legal one would be. There are cities across the US that have been absolutely swallowed by hard drugs with people openly using on the streets. It’s pretty clear that people just aren’t responsible enough to fully legalize drugs. Not only that but there’s little to no practical use for meth, cocaine, heroin, etc.
bryan giron
bryan giron Yıl önce
Legalizing won’t do much because people in Cali still rather buy weed in the streets because how much the taxes are. I agree with decriminalization, I feel it be more effective and if they do legalize then don’t tax it as much.
Kevin McCabe
Kevin McCabe Yıl önce
"Prisons are the finishing schools of crime..." wow, just an incredible quote
Roy Yıl önce
Ask someone who has done a long stretch if they feel the same way. More like a life changing experience. Probably less cruel to kill the criminal.
Lalosamu Yıl önce
@Virvum Juggernaut that's crazy I don't think people serving longer makes it better that you only served 10 years I am 18 and I will probably do like 1 week in juvie in September time to move smarter
thomas meyer
thomas meyer Yıl önce
Go in with a degree in marijuana and come out with a PHD in cocaine.
Shaofat Kalam
Shaofat Kalam Yıl önce
I was mesmerized with the interview of Posh Pete.. He is so down to earth.. He just explained 100% truly why war on drugs can't be won, and how we can stop it forever... Respect.. I wish corrupt government officials would think like him.. *Prisons are the finishing schools of crime* should also be a slogan... Thanks Mr Pieter Tritton and Insider for this awesome interview..
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Yıl önce
Notice how he said countries with harsh punishments and death sentences are a big no no? Yeah, that's how we stop it forever.
Eruntano42 Yıl önce
@Citizen Kane People do drugs there too and it gets smuggled in. It's just that you need a larger operation (i.e. more bribe money) to make it work. He said his was small so he probably didn't have the resources. Harsh sentences just make the criminals think harder and be more creative.
P K Yıl önce
​@Citizen Kane It's amazing how people like you receive all this good information and yet get all the wrong messages from it. Precisely the reason why we can't actually have positive change in this world.
hothotheat3000 Yıl önce
Most crimes are financially motivated. If the gain isn’t there, the motivation is gone. He’s absolutely right.
Андрей Васильевич
Андрей Васильевич Yıl önce
He don't tell about legalizing, just about motivation behind. The thing you wrote in replied is not related well to what he wrote
Andy Yıl önce
what's the point of a statement like this? That's like saying most deaths are gravity related, if the gravity isn't there, the cause of death is gone.
Андрей Васильевич
Андрей Васильевич Yıl önce
It is kinda absurd model, bc but fair enough. The point in that ppl don't tend to do stuff that give them nothing. And the conclusion that "if ppl have one reason less than they stop doing the thing" Is untold. It isn't that clear, bc there are psychos that just love what they doing or effect of their actions and more but. So he just told clear point IMHO. Also if you'll remove gravity you'll for sure remove gravity related deaths, but it'll cause a lot nongravity related death, variation from something-atomic level (idk how particles less than 1/10^3 behave) to just flew away from planet falling apart while all air around you also spreading into space.-.
A A Yıl önce
That like saying if the financial motivation for petroleum is gone then the motivation is gone but people need to drive their cars just like now days people need to get high and smashed. Just the way it is.
B H Yıl önce
He is spot on why the government doesn't actually want to stop drugs. The revenue is to great for them. Drugs have their own economic ecosystem.
NetTubeUser Yıl önce
How do you know that? Do you believe what you just said for a minute? Who are you to say that? What do you do in this life? What is your place in this society to affirm such strong accusations?
NetTubeUser Yıl önce
@punishedexistence _"Umm, the government is not your friend. They don't care about you."_ Well, it depends on what state you live in, man. That's just your personal opinion. No personal projection, and don't make your case and your personal belief a generalization, please.
rin凛 Yıl önce
@NetTubeUser 🤓
john harris
john harris Yıl önce
Government make more in taxes and fines through cps etc for simple things like having a spliff.
Nicole D.
Nicole D. Yıl önce
This is one of the best, eye-opening and honest interview I have ever watched regarding a serious global issue. Congratulations on getting your life back and thanks for sharing your story. Kudos to the Insider team, too, for getting this masterpiece out 👍🏻👏🏻
BadaBoom Yıl önce
I hope the best for this gentlemen, I'm happy that he's able to tell his story and make an impact by telling his story and giving people insight into the destruction and turmoil that these kinds of businesses create throughout all walks of life.
tsmeman63 Yıl önce
Gentleman?! He’s a selfish bastard who was part of a murdering machine that ruined the lives of thousands of people (not just the drug addicts, but their families too). After his first arrest he should’ve used his time in prison to think about the reason he was arrested: his actions caused harm to other people, but he couldn’t care less. He continued his criminal life. He’s no gentleman and doesn’t deserve a stage, or people buying his books or seeing his movie or series! I hope no filmmaker helps him out with this! They should have kept him for life in that prison in Ecuador!
BadaBoom Yıl önce
@tsmeman63 How much suffering does an individual need to have before you're content with the punishment? How much good does he need to offer after the punishment for you to be forgiving? If good intentions concluding the time served aren't enough and you structure your judgment in a way that is motivated simply by an empathetic nature, what's to come of those who do the same crime, get the same punishment but are to be better individuals than this gentlemen? Does that just not matter?
Mio Yıl önce
@BadaBoom its immaturity. hes not on that point in life where you realize that revenge doesnt bring you any satisfaction.
TIOLI Yıl önce
When a former international drug dealer who has seen so much blood, gore, violence and mayhem to the point of developing PTSD tells you that the only solution is full legalisation, you know you're doing everything wrong.
Chris Baten
Chris Baten Yıl önce
There is another way….
moii Yıl önce
@Chris Baten 👀👂
Chris Baten
Chris Baten Yıl önce
@moii Jesus, He has set many people free from drug addiction. The church needs to step it up in the outreach.
Enderguz Yıl önce
@Chris Baten kinda sad that u think that would help ngl
Chris Baten
Chris Baten Yıl önce
@Enderguz Why do you think thats sad? also what does ngl mean?
Annette Elliott-Dunn
Annette Elliott-Dunn Yıl önce
Thank you Posh Pete for articulately explaining this and why drugs should be legalised. Wishing you the best to get past your ptsd and good luck with your enterprises
Caoimhín Ó Caoimh
Caoimhín Ó Caoimh Yıl önce
You can tell this guy is just a real professional, even if he was essentially a drug dealer. No ego about him. Speaks about the whole operation very analytically.
Amir A
Amir A Yıl önce
S Yıl önce
What do you mean "essentially" that's precisely what he was lol.
Lo Yıl önce
It's because drugs are still a business. Professionalism is important
Mary Yıl önce
Ahhh I was waiting for this comment. “Essentially” ?! Like no, that’s EXACTLY what he was - a hard core drug dealer, criminal, and thug. The reason why I was waiting for this comment is because I know people will watch and think about how clear he is in speaking and how plainly he presents himself which makes you think in some way that he is more respectable than other people. I think if he was a person of color and spoke with slang, you would think he was a thug. He does seem like he’s on a better path now though!
Kostas Bert
Kostas Bert Yıl önce
@Mary Why bring up the race card
Michael Holder
Michael Holder Yıl önce
This type of stuff prob persuades more people from doing the drug and/or getting into the involvement of handling it than it will do harm. We need more straight fact access to information like this across a variety of topics. Good work.
mastergwaha Yıl önce
transparency and education about the facts/process is always good and why anything being 'sold' to you will hide them at any cost lol
Wolf Yıl önce
Doing or not doing? Confusing
Kburd 1348
Kburd 1348 7 aylar önce
@Wolf they said from doing.
Blade Yıl önce
What a well spoken intelligent guy. He seems to have very high levels of comprehension. Doesn’t speak and bullshit or fluff. Good to see him applying his skills to legitimate causes now.
David O Donovan
David O Donovan Yıl önce
Well done sir for doing this. As for legalisation of all drugs, after seeing drug addicts on the streets, I doubt any taxation of drugs will make up for the damage that they cause to the addicts, let alone society that suffers from addicts both trying to fund their addiction, and the intimation, destruction of property, and bad influence that drug addicts have on people that have to live in that area. For example, a primary school (kids ages 4/5 to 12/13) here in Ireland, with a park across the street where heroine addicts can be seen out the windows injectioning heroine into their groins. I met a young woman at a house party years ago, she was nice, had troubles in life, but she looked like she was doing pretty well. Two years later I saw her again, completely destroyed by drugs, walking around and looking sort of like she's a zombie. It was disturbing to see how bad the state she was in. I couldn't think of anything to do, besides just watch her look at me and then just walk on.
Hugh jass
Hugh jass Yıl önce
I guess I would just ask how keeping them illegal is better. The thing is still happening, people are just having their lives ruined criminally over it right now, at least here in the US and I imagine it’s similar there in terms of drug laws and views
Hugh jass
Hugh jass Yıl önce
@David O Donovan I don’t deny that some addicts do that. But there’s also plenty of addicts who don’t. Look at alcoholics. There’s alcoholics who function and there’s those who don’t, but we don’t necessarily blame alcohol for that, we blame the person for making their decisions. I’d say we can apply the same attitude to drugs. Drunk driving is a massive issue and kills tons of people, but we have pretty light penalties on it compared to the penalties on drugs. Just another perspective, have you considered what point in someone’s life they have to be at to even begin doing heroin, much less escalate to IV use, and further to harming society. The majority of addicts aren’t doing violent crime, they’re just struggling, and I don’t think they need to be in prison for that. If an addict commits a violent crime that’s a totally different story, but I’d argue it’s not necessarily the drugs fault they do that, just like it’s not alcohols fault people drive drunk. With the stigma that currently exists around hard drugs, you have to already be at a very low point in life to take them, maybe exluding coke since it’s fairly accepted. But healthy well rounded people don’t shoot meth or heroin, or smoke crack, that’s an escalation. By the time you’ve picked up the addiction, that person is, 9/10 times, already what you would argue is a leech on society, the drugs aren’t necessarily what’s making them into that, it’s just the crowd that attracts. As for opiates, a lot of those addicts are people who were prescribed medicine and then yanked off of it when they became addicted with no rehabilitation. And I concede that is an example of well rounded people falling victim to drugs, but again I’d argue it’s not the drugs fault. Those drugs were over prescribed and there wasn’t enough info given to people on the risks. I’m not sure it’s fair to put people in prison because of actions they take to feed an addiction that was given to them legally. Especially if that action is just buying heroin to feed the addiction. I’m not saying we should give addicts free reign or not hold them accountable, but I don’t think the drug itself and possession of it should be illegal, or at least shouldn’t warrant prison time.
David O Donovan
David O Donovan Yıl önce
@Hugh jass I'm Irish. I know functional alcoholics. I blame both them and the alcohol for their actions. Heroine addicts will do anything to get high. If you think they aren't involved in violent crime, then you might be mixing up officially recorded violent crime, with overall crime. Lots of crimes don't get recorded, particularly if it's between criminals. This is the main reason why guns save way, way, way, more lies then they take. Because they are deterrent, and only a fraction of crimes they prevent by just showing a gun, are actually reported. But even those ones by themselves justify legal gun ownership like the USA's second Amendment, or over here, I think it was a 2008 Irish supreme court ruling, basically making it illegal for the police to stop you from buying almsot any gun if you had a clean criminal record, it wasn't a machine gun, and you already owned at least one gun legally. Which basically means that gun laws here in the Republic of Ireland are way freer then over in the USA, in a way.
Carl B
Carl B Yıl önce
As someone who did cocaine 20 years ago, he is indeed correct about the quality of cocaine today. I never knew why however, only theories. Thank you for the info.
J.F.I Yıl önce
What about the quality? All I hear is that it’s nothing like it used to be with the ether
Mike B.
Mike B. 6 aylar önce
Plus now you have to worry about it being cut with fentanol. Not worth it give me a few beers and I'm happy!
Eithne Melee
Eithne Melee Aylar önce
Congratulations on 20 years of sobriety, that's a huge milestone and I wish you all the best.
Richard Olson
Richard Olson Yıl önce
I was going to do some crime, but then you shared my plan with everyone, even the cops. Thanks a LOT.
So no latex tents for you it is, eh mate? Try condoms
Montana Tatum
Montana Tatum Yıl önce
This guy is genuinely a professional, the way he speaks as if he’s describing the operation is like he’s in a job interview describing the duty’s of the job.
Pirate Smurf
Pirate Smurf Yıl önce
He nows his job dutys
LordDabian Yıl önce
Well spoken, I will definitely look into his book
Roger Patterson
Roger Patterson Yıl önce
Well it was his job so there you go.
Demons Amongst Men
Demons Amongst Men Yıl önce
This man, explains almost everything, explains literally how the governments CAN "end the war on drugs" but won't because of the monetary gain and employment 😐, greed runs the world not money. anyways everyone in the world should watch this
flowerhour Yıl önce
Greed runs the world...therefore greed is the root of evil. Not money.
James Johnson
James Johnson Yıl önce
Damn my man got balls to be talking about all the ins and outs of the business and show his face at the same time.
tyc Aylar önce
Call me whatever, but I thought he was an actor. Well explained anyway.
Robin Nyo
Robin Nyo 29 gün önce
I'd imagine most if not all of the things he's talking about, governments already know about. This is more educative for us the citizens.
Cliche Guevara
Cliche Guevara Yıl önce
I also have "Complex PTSD". It's a _nightmare_ to deal with and in many aspects, it's far worse than normal PTSD. I hope he's getting the help he needs for it.
Brad T
Brad T Yıl önce
in some aspects it's better though
Emma 3 aylar önce
@Brad T troll
Chilena Promedio Антифашист
Chilena Promedio Антифашист Yıl önce
Very interesting. I feel really bad for him going through CPTSD because of the conditions of prisons in Ecuador, it shouldn't be that way. I'm glad he make it out alive and I agree with his view of legalization of some of the drugs. For some reason it doesn't surprise me he had a fellow Chilean partner and that the Chilean wasn't a grass.
Braindead Bogan
Braindead Bogan Yıl önce
I don't feel bad for him at all. Of all people, He knew the risk involved with this kind of work. He made his choices. And I'm sure he's learned from them. But he doesn't deserve, and probably doesn't even care for my sympathy for him, if I had any. As for the prisons in Ecuador, yea, It shouldn't be that way, indeed.
Jesús Malverde
Jesús Malverde 9 aylar önce
I 100% agree with him about the war on drugs only ends when theyre legalized and taxed
oztriker026 7 aylar önce
But unfortunately as he very well says it, it does benefit to a lot of people/companies/ governments as is
sirskeptic Yıl önce
"There's a huge business in keeping it illegal" - the most thought provoking line in the video.
MsSpyNoodle Yıl önce
You never thought of that?
Justin Manser
Justin Manser Yıl önce
Oliver North, if you remember the Iran Contra investigation... It was stated that he did indeed trade weapons for cocaine, the media kinda focused on everything else
Agni Das
Agni Das Yıl önce
in Canada that is why weed was being kept illegal for so long. Some people in the highest places of government were busted in a large distribution ring bust with thousands of kilograms of weed being moved regularly...
Ana Beatriz Apse Paes
Ana Beatriz Apse Paes Yıl önce
oh dear. i wish him well this time around. not everyone gets a second chance, it’s nice to see him making good use of his.
JB9 Yıl önce
I used to buy from this guy back in the 80s till an ex girlfriend told on me. Good bloke to have on your side!! Much love Pete!! Glad to see you're doing well!!!
Deborah Barry
Deborah Barry Yıl önce
Cool, I really like Pete!
Courtney Yıl önce
Loved that he mentioned the destruction of the crops. Often in the poor countries the “destruction” of the crops would make us in the US 😮. Pretty much ensures any farmers around that weren’t growing for the cartel will start.
S H Yıl önce
Very well articulated. "A very violent year" is a good lesson of always being honest and loyal in business. Then the outcome is a happy ending. I suppose I'm now starting to realize what goes around comes around.
triple5 Yıl önce
I like how he said Dealers look for clean cut people to mule the drug. I was searched on return from Peru for 3 hours and I got so fed up I said “I’m unkempt, surely only clean cut people smuggle cocaine”. They ignored me and continued. They detected cocaine via a swab of my bag. No idea how I’ve never even seen cocaine in my life. They finally gave up and let me go.
nickodevoe Yıl önce
Absolutely loved this video. He's honest, extremely well spoken, especially in the conclusion around the war on drugs. Great job
Anthony Cox
Anthony Cox Yıl önce
Yeah but he’s a snitch! He probably works with law enforcement now giving them information
big belix
big belix Yıl önce
posh pete delivers still to this day but in another way
Retotion Yıl önce
@Anthony Cox You say that as if there's anything wrong with snitching on other criminals.
Ussopah Yıl önce
@Anthony Cox And you are just a civilian. Why tf would you even care if he works with law enforcement?
Mikel Hawk
Mikel Hawk Yıl önce
I grew up in Miami, FL and was there throughout the 70's and 80's and saw the changes cocaine had on the city during this period. I was always too chicken to even try cocaine, or any other drug for that matter, thinking it might take hold of me and create a monster so I avoided it like the plague but over the years I saw many a person ruined by it, while others seemed to manage it quite well, only using it occasionally. Apart from the drug wars of the 80's and the extreme violence resulting from it, Miami in the 80's was the best time of my life and I didn't even use drugs.
Dave P
Dave P Yıl önce
Dave P
Dave P Yıl önce
@greenrefrigerator ok yeah whatever but you saw my comment right?
Gee Mo
Gee Mo Yıl önce
Not doing drugs doesn’t mean you’re a chicken - it just means you can have fun in other ways and have a well developed sense of self preservation.
Joelendeavour Yıl önce
Seriously, who does law enforcement believe still buys the idea that the "war on drugs" is for our own good anymore? Getting involved in crime like this is always the worst thing someone can do to themselves, until it's one of them that's caught.
kandi2047 Yıl önce
U.S. on the side of war that's *for* drugs, not against
Lizzie Sangi
Lizzie Sangi Yıl önce
For all this cat did, twelve years is a DREAM! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 The real reason why drugs aren't legalized - politicians, judges, "they", would lose so much money it's disgusting.
Rod Fast
Rod Fast Yıl önce
Read the book , I m gonna get you. I can t remember the name of the author.
D.Russ Yıl önce
I've always thought writing laws to stop people doing things to their own person is weird. If they wanna do drugs they're gonna do it regardless of its legal or not. Why not legalize it and tax them.
Ian Rothmann
Ian Rothmann Yıl önce
This guy is awesome. Love the way he bounced back after everything.
Kaust Shroff
Kaust Shroff Yıl önce
What he says about monetary gains and how illegality of drugs is actually makes it even more lucrative all sides, is absolutely SPOT ON.
Marisol Valerín
Marisol Valerín Yıl önce
Thought so too! Super interesting as well to gain this perspective
Firework Freedom
Firework Freedom Yıl önce
The war on drugs is as well a way to sell more, in the Netherlands we still havent legalised weed, and 3 parties said: if we legalise cannabis we think the export wil increase 20-80%, we think 80%! While in a world where export is the whole industry and getting economical growth is so much wanted, it isnt a fair argument... And thus it stayed illegal, while i feel like someone literally handed those 3 parties a paper written what they had to say.. And its logical, pay 3 party leaders 1m each to save your yearly revenue of 50-500 million.... Sadly money buys you everything
chinesechicken20 Yıl önce
Since pot is now legal in Canada, the price is half what it was 5 years ago. Its now more lucrative to grow tomatoes!
dmoneyas24 Yıl önce
He also said he avoided countries that harshly sentenced or killed traffickers. Don’t ignore that part
Blue Angel
Blue Angel Yıl önce
What he says about how to fight drug-business is totally accurate, best wishes for your books & may they be turned into A Netflix series, having as adviser somebody who was an insider would be very precious for the story & screen-play, all the best of luck !
Turk Wendell
Turk Wendell Yıl önce
Ummm nope.... In the history of time where there has been demand there has been supply and that has never been stopped or even close.
Rks Aylar önce
This guy was a nobody in the grand scheme of things though
Brian Freeman
Brian Freeman Yıl önce
I am someone who is not in that world in any way at all and I am also endlessly fascinated by human ingenuity. This is where those two fields meet and I have to remind myself that the ingenuity can be used for good or ill.
Armin Islam
Armin Islam Yıl önce
He is def not the image of a drug dealer i had on my mind all this time- like just look at him- he straight out spits wisdom
Armin Islam
Armin Islam Yıl önce
@Dan Croitoru that's kinda cool tho- (pls take it as a joke)
Alex Kazzeo
Alex Kazzeo Yıl önce
More honestly spoken than when listening to a banker, a realtor or a hedge fund manager.
My Name
My Name Yıl önce
Around 13:00 this man just hits us with some truth, delivered with the cold gaze of experience and the weight of surety.
Clara Mendoza
Clara Mendoza Yıl önce
He had a HUGE and VALID point made. It's coming straight from a veteran in that past area of expertise. Brilliant content Insider. Kudos to Pieter for keepin' it all straight now.
jumpinjohnnyruss Yıl önce
I guess the "tax it heavily" point was just rhetoric because if it's taxed much, it'll be considerably cheaper to get it illegally.
prince wembo
prince wembo Yıl önce
@jumpinjohnnyruss 😭 bro fr
TooMuch Time
TooMuch Time Yıl önce
@Dodgy Todger you know nothing
Silver Storm Rifleworks
Silver Storm Rifleworks Yıl önce
I am legitimately curious how it would work on a national level if hard drugs like this were legalized and just heavily regulated and taxed, it sounds good on paper to reduce the amount of users, but I would just be concerned if there would be any serious repercussions, other than the overdoses and deaths.
Ploppy JR
Ploppy JR Yıl önce
@PaulieW portugal did it and it went fine
Dr. Vincent Ortega Jr.
Dr. Vincent Ortega Jr. Yıl önce
Way less than keeping it illegal
Ashwin Kumar
Ashwin Kumar Yıl önce
What a fascinating man! He really knows what he's speaking based on his own experience. Loved the vid
DorianLS Yıl önce
He seems like a nice fellow. It's hard to imagine him taking the chances he took.
Lena Banx
Lena Banx Yıl önce
I live in the US & through my own firsthand experiences with drugs, addiction, and the market surrounding it I have come to the exact same conclusion - legalize all drugs! Regulation & taxation takes all the power away from the cartels and will literally save countless lives in so many ways. Via cartel violence, keeping people from wasting away in the prison system for a mental health disorder, and most of all through regulation of drug production that would replicate how we approach a modern day prescription filled by any pharmacy. It would half the overdose deaths instantly and people could trust what they are ingesting without hot spots, or having to guess if what they have is from a new batch and how strong that batch may be. Giving people access to safe & clean forms of ingestion, while also increasing their access to health care workers who can provide whatever services is necessary. People look at me like I’m crazy at first but I’ve been able to convince a surprising amount of people just by discussing it with them and hearing their concerns and having points to counteract said concerns. In the end - if you want to decrease drug use you have to increase livability standards, reduce the stigma around drug use and allow those who are suffering a chance to come back without the shame and guilt. Most of all , you have to treat the underlying reasons of why people want to use! It is not in our dna to want to check out of life and live in squalor and abandon any functioning kind of life. There is always a reason. Sorry for the rant y’all.
Crazy movie recaps
Crazy movie recaps Yıl önce
It really won't help that much. If you legalize it and impose heavy tax then the dealers would basically do what they do now and smuggle it so they can avoid taxes and sell them cheaper in the streets .And it will become more common and the more common it is , the more people would use ,and the next thing you know 7 people out of 10 in a community are drug addicts. I was raised in a community that's drug free, I'm not sure I'd be the same person today if I was raised somewhere else where a certain drug is so abundant because I'm sure I'd be easily influenced into drug use
cliffontheroad Yıl önce
@Crazy movie recaps you give points to ponder. :)
Kata Yıl önce
To my local DEA agent: no, im not trying to watch a tutorial about smuggling cocaine, i just watch a man telling his story, thank you
Robin Yıl önce
He is just about the most unlikely kind of guy you'd expect to be heading up a multimillion pound cocaine trafficking ring. He looks like someone who'd run the local PC repair shop.
8291mm Yıl önce
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God the rightousness of God is available through faith in Jesus Christ. there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgivness of sins according to the riches of His grace.
Daniel Cohn
Daniel Cohn Yıl önce
For those reasons, he's actually more or less exactly what I'd expect
big city
big city Yıl önce
He didnt look like that 15 yrs ago.
Jake Cloney
Jake Cloney Yıl önce
Its why the most valuable lesson in life is never judge a book by its cover. The least expected will be the one to blast your wig off
Gargoyle Yıl önce
@big city they showed a picture of him when he was younger in the video
Tony Haven
Tony Haven Yıl önce
Thanks for this video, it will really help my career transition from weed to a more sustainable income for my family and kids education in California, we need more like this
Basthord Yıl önce
I think it would be much more feasible to remove the incentive for crime rather than financial gain from drugs. It simply has to be cheaper to produce and distribute drugs legally than it would be to combat the entire legal system. If you tax a product too much, you will inevitably generate a black market for it.
Zack Godwin
Zack Godwin 28 gün önce
Currently starting in the business, video really helps thank you for the info! ☺️
Steve Suy
Steve Suy Yıl önce
A movie needs to be made about this guy.
No question, drug laws increase violence. Very informative video. Thank you!
ike lewis
ike lewis Yıl önce
This guy is sooooo spot on. The only way to stop the war on drugs is to take the financial gain out of it. That’s the reason why so many people are involved in it. The money is astounding.
Vitor Rodrigues Olstan
Vitor Rodrigues Olstan Yıl önce
Or death penalty, as he said saud arabia, Indonesia and the Philippines are a "no no"
Alex Yıl önce
It's really hard to solve this problem, legalising physically addictive substances will cause an epidemic and lead to innocent people and communities facing violence. Not legalising them leads to gang violence and violence in foreign countries. It is not as simple as legalise and tax because lots of people cannot be trusted to be responsible with substances.
Nico Strappazon
Nico Strappazon Yıl önce
@Alex tell that to Amsterdam
David Cardinal
David Cardinal Yıl önce
All the cartels will end up doing is upping the ante on other illegal activities like human trafficking. What needs to happen is completely dismantle and eliminate the cartels by whatever means necessary. It would also help to provide financial security for these poor countries so the people involved have something to do. Though I suspect that won’t help much because criminals typically don’t follow rules of society but it would likely help to prevent future aspiring criminals.
Alex Yıl önce
@Nico Strappazon decriminalisation for users isn't the same as legalisation, so clearly they already know this.
Bart Sullivan
Bart Sullivan Yıl önce
This guy makes a ton of sense. The funny thing is I have less sympathy for those Indian scramming criminals than I do these hard core drug trafficker's. I think he is right they would have to legalize every drug and control it that way and tax the crap out of it to really win the drug war. Like marijuana legalization it has kind of been a win win overall in the states. Do these harder drugs have a downside of course. But we have such a bad homeless problem on the west coast with meth it wouldn't even matter at this point. Pieter seems very honest with his story.
Nicholas Hayden
Nicholas Hayden Yıl önce
Chapter 7 is where it's at. Explains the entire reason for "war on drugs". Legalizing drugs the way he explains would be much like alcohol. Possibly even better in my opinion.
BigMedic Yıl önce
I can tell this guy loved and was passionate about his work
Fae Marie
Fae Marie Yıl önce
It's astounding, the lengths that criminals will go to because of the amount of money that can be gained.
AJ Elliott
AJ Elliott Yıl önce
As someone who was a drug addict for nearly 18 years and involved in selling drugs on the streets. I totally agree with what he said about "the war" on drugs need to legalise it and get it done.
xrayban2 Yıl önce
It's a drug addict point of view. As a non addict, I don't agree : I don't think I would be strong enough to stop if I started - and I probably would have if it was legalised.
AJ Elliott
AJ Elliott Yıl önce
Im not gonna argue with u just my perspective all around the world things have got worse. This is why it has to change i have children myself now and its the last thing i want for them.
Chris Pekel
Chris Pekel Yıl önce
@xrayban2 you don't just take drugs and turn into an addict. If that was the case, everyone would be addicted to cigarettes or alcohol. The addiction really only effects a percentage who can't stop, like alcohol
Katherine Hewitt
Katherine Hewitt Yıl önce
So nice to hear someone who knows the business acknowledge that legalizing all drugs and producing it legally is the only way to win. Agree 100%.
Grant Richards
Grant Richards Yıl önce
I doubt it will help much. Here in Oregon and in other states that have legalized weed, there's still a thriving illegal market for it. Part of the reason is that they have imposed high taxes (as he suggested), so it's still cheaper on the street than from a legitimate retailer.
James Yıl önce
You would think... But they would tax it so much just like weed people will get it underground because it's cheaper.
MplsMark Yıl önce
Nobody ever points out that if people would just stop consuming these narcotics, they would go away. Make me angry when politicians dump on the poor countries blaming them for illegal drugs. All the while their own family and constituents are using! Rolling over and letting all drugs run rampant would be ugly, crime would be out of control. The legalization/taxation isn’t working from what hear either. Fighting the war is the only answer, giving up will be worse.
Toby Pearce
Toby Pearce Yıl önce
@MplsMarkpractically the one rule about illegal drugs is you can't just stop consuming them. Wherever there is people there will be drugs and with that there will be a market and with that people who will buy it. The idea that eventually everyone will decide to stop is way too idealistic and while im not saying personally all drugs should be legalized, its clear there will never be a victory in the war on drugs
Rayaz Khan
Rayaz Khan Yıl önce
Seems like a real genuine guy. Good on him for going straight.
JustAGuy Yıl önce
That was straight up fascinating. Guy explains this masterfully.
Foxford Yıl önce
This dude is still so proud of his enterprise XD He really put a lot thought into it and worked hard. As bad as it is thats dedication
Allright Yıl önce
He comes across more like a social studies teacher than a cocaine cowboy. I am sure that with this intelligence he can also be successful in legal matters
Ignacio Munoz
Ignacio Munoz Aylar önce
Holly cow... omg. I am in awe. What a down to earth story. Thanks for sharing. So much.
Orri Yıl önce
Finally an honest explained video. So many of these people exaggerate or lie to make themselves look good. But this guy just says the facts, he didn’t do this or that simply because it wasn’t a good strategy. While others would have lied some ethical reason
sean howISetNoLastName
sean howISetNoLastName Yıl önce
It's worth noting that the reason they may cling to that reason is that it justifies their past and lets them live in a world (even if it's just imaginary) where they aren't the villains in their story. This is a strong psychological bias that everyone has. So yeah, they're lies but they're also lying to themselves not just us.
SweetJohnnyCage - Narrated Guides & Walkthroughs
SweetJohnnyCage - Narrated Guides & Walkthroughs Yıl önce
You should check out "The War on Drugs" by Vice. They upload a new episode every couple months, and echo a lot of what this guy is saying, but in more granular detail.
Orri Yıl önce
@SweetJohnnyCage - Narrated Guides & Walkthroughs Yeah I think I've watched some of those videos. Vice really makes interesting stuff
Francisco Yıl önce
I bet this bloke is living the consequences of his action. He may have gotten away from the legal part, but the actual effect on his life is yet to be revealed either in his health or finances.
Brendan Gainey
Brendan Gainey Yıl önce
He probably has money stashed away
admirallightningbolt Yıl önce
Well if you can say one thing about this guy it’s that he’s got the entrepreneurial spirit
Fariha Mohamed Hilmy
Fariha Mohamed Hilmy 4 aylar önce
From a drug dealer to owning a chocolate company, I'm astonished how that turned out. Good thing he is no longer doing crimes anymore
Joshua Gould
Joshua Gould Yıl önce
Hey, he had to learn the lesson the hard way, but at least he learned. It's great to see that his entrepreneurial spirit wasn't broken.
Egrin Targ
Egrin Targ Yıl önce
I have yet to see an older person look back at his life of crime and then say "Oh yeah man, that was definitely worth it!"
Leela Ma
Leela Ma Yıl önce
When I was a counselor in a drug rehab I taught classes in anger management, stress reduction etc, and I always said to the group of 40, many who were dealers and long-term jail heads, "You can be an addict or have peace of mind, but you can't have both, AND you can be a drug dealer or have peace of mind, but you can't have both." This guy confirmed the second half of my statement, describing the fear and paranoia that defines the dealer's lifestyle.
Pedro Lunardi
Pedro Lunardi Yıl önce
That really depends on what drugs you are dealing, where in the chain you are and for whom you are selling.
z Yıl önce
Yep because any addiction takes you out of the present moment and that moment is peace and gratitude… addiction has you think about the future or past which is anxiety not peace
Steve McQueen is King of Cool
Steve McQueen is King of Cool Yıl önce
What's the difference between politician, addict and dealer?
jelen Yıl önce
@Steve McQueen is King of Cool power
za zu
za zu Yıl önce
@z thanks i needed to hear that
He got an adrenaline rush just talking about it, it’s a thrill, he loved his job
ijemand Yıl önce
Damn didn't know being a dealer would be this tough. I should call mine to thank him for his service
Chris Pekel
Chris Pekel Yıl önce
Lol he was big time, if your dealer is low level he will be ok
Carlisle Panting
Carlisle Panting Yıl önce
I agree totally !! The WAR on DRUGS/ cocaine is a losing battle for many years because too many people are connected to the cocaine trade and trafficking including leaders of many countries
John Rybock
John Rybock Yıl önce
This made me think of a girlfriend I had who got federal jury duty on a drug case in Baltimore... so to set up what they were charging the defendant with, they went through how the drug trade worked to the jury, which she told me felt like she took a college class in selling drugs and could possibly have a second career once the case is done.
JL D Yıl önce
"Prisons are the finishing school of crime" and "The war on drugs can only be won by making them legal and taxing them for health services" really sunk deep.
C- Yıl önce
Like he said, a death sentence for all trafficers and there are no more drugs
Lex Maslennikov
Lex Maslennikov Yıl önce
@C- 6:13 literally counts countries that have their way to be a NO-NO to go to with drugs
Ryan Grange
Ryan Grange Yıl önce
@BoxStudioExecutive yes because illegal alcohol is a massive issue since the end of prohibition of alcohol, therefore the same would be true for drugs... Oh wait that's not true at all
1weck1 Yıl önce
This guy is absolutely correct. Mexico once sent tons of weed a day to the us. Now that you have legal weed in Cali and pockets of growing everywhere, the flow of weed has slowed and even reversed back into Mexico
Owen Schafer
Owen Schafer Yıl önce
Very interesting guy, I must say. Seems like a nice fellow. Good luck to him in his book, screenplay, and chocolate endeavors!
I like this guy, It is funny that he s starting a business involving a processed product and farming and transportation ,just like cocaine but legal and funny When a person close to me was involved in this kind of things, I said to him that he was really good operating with ppl , deals, sales, transporting ,organizing, he was good in that and those skills can absolutely be translated in something else, that gave him a new perspective about what he was doing and helped him turn around
Bebe88 Yıl önce
I've to admit, he's an interesting guy and quite well spoken !
Casey 10 aylar önce
This guy’s testimonial is all I need to reaffirm my stance on drug death penalties.
SoFloAntonio Yıl önce
This guy is a legend. Love to see him the way he is now. Prison in Ecuador seems like a life changing place. Must have been so miserable & chaotic. :/
Amir A
Amir A Yıl önce
Exactly I’m surprised he survived
dvtofk Yıl önce
Is this not the way he is now.....?
S Yıl önce
i mean he did the crime so.
Skankhunt420 Yıl önce
I was in there overnight and people somehow had hand guns and knives in there. They didn't even take my phone off me. The place stunk and the cells and toilets were never washed
Nessy Edwards
Nessy Edwards Yıl önce
You actually think a drug smuggler is a legend, there is something wrong with you for sure
derin111 Yıl önce
Governments don’t want to “win the war on drugs”. There is far too much at stake socially, politically and financially in keeping it going!
Chrisy Chris
Chrisy Chris Yıl önce
^ Exactly ^
Tweety Kid
Tweety Kid Yıl önce
The people putting their hands directly into chemically laden products is another view of how terrible this is. They will surely have negative health effects, and they are probably doing it for very little pay to support their families.
Sandra Yıl önce
Finally someone that has the exact opinion as me! The war on drugs will never be won through criminalization.
Ki Adel
Ki Adel Yıl önce
Basic truth.
yolo swag
yolo swag Yıl önce
It's always one of these well spoken British guys somewhere at the top of every hierarchy. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
MangoMang Yıl önce
What a lovely guy, hope the series/film and chocolate ventures go well for him!
Anthony Mills
Anthony Mills Yıl önce
It's brilliant that he's shared his message. It's a brilliant insight and is probably the best way to end the war on drugs
Dáithi O'Cinnsealach
Dáithi O'Cinnsealach Yıl önce
This has been an argument for a long time. It has already been implimented in Portugal.
Lindzee SouperOCD
Lindzee SouperOCD Yıl önce
Please don't lie
Oliver Yıl önce
Drugs won a long time ago
Jimmy Yıl önce
There will never be a drug-free society
D. Diggler
D. Diggler Yıl önce
He comes well minded and intelligent. I think he would had been an almost any business endeavor in life.
Akhgchgfxutfcuyfc Yıl önce
I don’t support the capital punishment, but this man just verified that it prevented crime.
jaybles cashews
jaybles cashews Yıl önce
Very interesting and genuine guy. I hope they make a movie about him
GrumpyCat Yıl önce
What a smart, educated well mannered ex-drug dealer. Everything he said was spot on about legalizing drugs and taxing the heck out of it. BRAVO MAN!!
Top Cane69 (Marine69)
Top Cane69 (Marine69) 2 aylar önce
13:28 kudos to the set of balls it took to say this. Definitely put a red dot on his head. His honesty could possibly backfire on him. I wish him the best and appreciate the knowledge I gained from this video.
Chillin With Brody
Chillin With Brody Yıl önce
I remember being a little kid around 5 or 6 years old and seeing the police kick in our door and completely destroyed our house. Even after they found what they wanted on their way out they busted out all of our windows and they broke all kinds of unnecessary things around the house. My father was a drug dealer and I didn't see him again for nearly 20 years. I know the impact the drug game can have on the families first hand. It also bread a hatred of police into my mind at a very early age. They only reported half of what they actually found but it was still enough to sentence my father to LIFE in prison. He got out a little early as life in the early 80's was only 20 years. Edit - The police were crooked and had been doing this for months. They would only report half of what they actually seized and they'd sell the rest on the streets. They were later caught and arrested themselves. I saw alot of people asking why I would hate the police and this is why, and yes I also hated my father too.. Not only were they breaking the law themselves but they'd terrorize the families in the process.
sigerfjording Yıl önce
sorry to hear bro, hope life was fair to you after all
Oldbatwit Yıl önce
Zero sympathy.
Oldbatwit Yıl önce
@GROVE4LIFE98 I'm not a great person, just a drug addict. Sober since 2008.
Jonathan Chester
Jonathan Chester Yıl önce
Wonder what Pieter's life might have been had he gone down another path. 12 years (or whatever he actually served) in an Ecuadorian prison is punishment enough 10 times over.
Vincent Henk
Vincent Henk Yıl önce
feel kinda bad for him, seems like a nice guy, good to hear that he turnt his life around and helping the farmers do something els dan cocaine
Ekramul 7 aylar önce
i used to have this cousin who used to be a chemist teacher and turned into crime and started manufacturing methamphetamine with his knowledge. legend
Sujit Das
Sujit Das Yıl önce
Brilliant narrative; honest and candid view of this subject.
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