A cautionary tale:

From 1975 to 1986, Anthony Edward Dokoupil distributed at least 50 tons of Colombian and Mexican [marijuana] north of the Mason-Dixon line. At his peak in 1986, my father led a team that smuggled some 17 tons of Colombian pot on sailboats from the Caribbeanenough to get every college kid in America stoned. He says he raked in around $2.5 million altogether - $6 million today. Today, [Anthony Dekoupil] is a 62-year-old pensioner who still uses crack occasionally, a man who blew his riches on hookers and hotel rooms, hit my mother, slept under bridges, and bottomed out so completely that he was actually grateful when the U.S. marshals finally came calling.

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