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redbeard posted a topic in Cannabis NewsOrganizaional skills and a reputation as someone to be trifled with it is not true today are indispensable if you want to smuggle large quantities of drugs.Managing shiploads contraband amid both a war on drugs as a war on terrorism is not a piece of cake. I can imagine that it is relatively difficult to deter other criminals from which shiploads, given the catch-as-you-catch-can mentality of the modern world of drugs. In the sixties and seventies, however, it was a different story. A few of the key people were 'gentleman smugglers ", members of high society who risked everything for a little excitement and a bit of adventure on the high seas. They were not particularly well organized and do not meet the stereotype of the typical violent criminal. Francis Morland was such a smuggler. He was the heir to an industrial fortune, and therefore seemed the young Francis totally not that of the typical drug traffickers today. His mother was a renowned contemporary artist, his father was a prominent physician and his family visited often dinners with the British Princess Margaret and other prominent figures. Moreland followed in the footsteps of his mother and became a leading member of the sculpture movement 'New Generation'. Then he transported huge quantities of drugs all over the world, and he became the first recognizable drug lord of the country. I spoke to him to find out why someone with this background was such an important criminal. VICE: How did you first engaged in the smuggling Francis Morland: I started buying drugs for friends. Then came a friend of mine returned from Morocco with some drugs hidden in a Citroen, and I wanted to do something similar. One thing led to another, and then it just grew. There was not really a drug scene at that time, and there was a sense of excitement and enthusiasm around it. I loved there always been to take risks, so it appealed to me. Was money a motivating factor? Part of the excitement stemmed from the fact that you could make a lot of money to smuggle. When I started the yield was very high - you earned your investment back thirty times - so much you fucked it too, you could still earn a lot. I was concerned about the risks, but at the same time regardless. What were the main smuggling methods did you use? I had a number of different methods. I hid drugs in accordions and sculptures to smuggle it to America, I hid it in Citroens to smuggle through Europe and I used yachts to transport it. Eventually you had to serve your punishment in America. Why was that? We did business with an American who said we had to bring drugs to the US Virgin Islands to hide it there. He told us that it was American territory, so he could couriers from New York to [the island of] St. Thomas forward to pick it up, and they would not be checked on the way back. When we arrived at the islands, we discovered that it was a tax-free zone, which means you may be searched. That meant we could not use that route. The American then stole twenty kilos, hid it in a Land Rover and used a completely stoned junkie to transport it. Surprise, he was arrested and told police and customs which I did.They were looking for us when we arrived in New York, so I only had five days there. I was trying to fix my boat in the marina on 79th street, when the customs came. I had no time to unload everything. The crew made their heels, because I had made the mistake to pay them before they had finished unloading, so I had to unload everything myself, put it on a cart and bring the car to a rented apartment. Then I had to take it to the people in town to whom I would sell it. It was a logistical nightmare. Did anyone in the art world what you did before it happened, whether it came as a total shock? I think some people had some idea. I can not imagine that you had a lot in common with the other prisoners, because you came from a different world. You have to understand the American criminal justice system. They have federal and state prisons there. Murder is not a federal crime, so there were people there who had committed murders, but not people who were convicted of murder. For example, you had the Mafia, and bank robbers, because bank robbery is a federal crime, and those who sat for kidnapping, smuggling, cannibalism, the shooting of an American eagle - which are in fact all federal crimes. I was exactly right, because I was not part of a group. I was not Italian American, not a Polish American, I was not black, did not come from Detroit or New York, so I could sit down with anyone. How different the smugglers world as to how it is now? It was chaotic, amateurish and disorganized . The drugs of today are so complex, and there are so many different types. When I was there alone smuggled cannabis and heroin, and heroin we did not know much. I have heard that there is still a lot of hashish bury yours is a Caribbean island. Is that true? It is Fallen Jerusalem [one of the British Virgin Islands]. It is now about 45 years and is likely to be completely worthless if there even anything left of it.What's it ended up in the first place? I solved a ton and buried it in the sand.When I left I also have forty kilos buried separately, elsewhere on the beach. If all went wrong, I knew I had at least that.What do you do now that you've turned smuggle back?I am increasingly concerned with pottery. I return to my roots. Your artistic style is rather unconventional. Do you think your life has affected the way you work? Yes, I take aesthetic risks in making my sculptures. They are not necessarily what you are "safe" would call. Smuggling also gave me the opportunity to be free of financial worries. That meant that if I wanted to have a picture, I always could make or cause to it. How do you feel about your smuggling time, if you look at it afterwards? If I had known what would happen, I would have obviously not done. But you're a product of your experience, and I can not imagine who I would be today if I had chosen a different path, that's all hypothetical. Thank you, Francis. http://www.vice.com/nl/read/beeldhouwkunst-smokkelroutes-en-begraven-hasj-een-gesprek-met-een-van-de-eerste-grote-engelse-drugssmokkelaars-892