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Smuggling Weed in the Florida Everglades

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In the 1980s, Everglades City, Florida, was raided three times by federal law enforcement. This small fishing town of about 500 people was hiding a complex, highly organized drug smuggling network responsible for running millions of pounds of marijuana from Colombia to Miami. VICE met up with former pot hauler Tim McBride to travel the backwaters and learn more about how it all went down. WATCH NEXT: The Martha Stewart of Marijuana - http://bit.ly/2gnukDd Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag Download VICE on iOS: http://apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: http://bit.ly/28S8Et0
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VICE (1 year ago)
This small fishing town was hiding a highly organized drug smuggling network, responsible for running millions of pounds of marijuana from Colombia to Miami. WATCH NEXT: Meet The Martha Stewart of Marijuana - http://bit.ly/2gnukDd
tika g (28 days ago)
bates motel lmfao
Kronickillness Nikolaos (4 months ago)
Cuz were sooo free in the USA we can't decide wtf we ingest of our own free will what we want to ingest FFS ridiculous! N then it's a passion issue for me cuz it directly affects me I'm legal card owner now but like the price just jumped up to over 8x wtf a gram cost at least DOUBLE for LEGAL weed up to 8x more than the cost of 1gram on the steeet ffs u could get a quarter lb for the price of less than an 8th of the other legal stuff lol. THAT'S FUCKED up! We NEED fix THAT ffs it's NOT ONLY for the rich and typically the sick are the opposite of rich fucksake common damn sense plz this is NOT like a fuckin luxury item it's like something we NEED to live our best life cuz we're in a lot of pain n can't eat can't SLEEP etc! But weed fixes ALL that. I'm not trying to say it's a cure all n make false claims but ffs if it don't work way BETTER than any pill for SLEEP! The pills work for like a week to May be 1mo weed always works. Especially flower which were still NOT allowed to have which is BEYOND stupid it's like a bad joke lol
Mx Harescrambler (6 months ago)
+supreme god leader great Pepe the Frog I know our stuff in Maine is absolutely competitive.
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nick (10 months ago)
VICE awesome to bas they got caught its illegal when they do it but cia been doing it n thats ok for the cia right they can run cojw heroin to fund americqs black opps but cqnt help americans out
Zach Blackburn (1 day ago)
"Former Weed Smuggler" yeah, ok.
1Isbel (1 day ago)
This screams white privilege
Pvt Savage (1 day ago)
Florida is awesome down there. I’ve drove a many of time on ole high way 41 up at the Georgia line.
IRISH Gamer (1 day ago)
🤑
Donald Collins (3 days ago)
theres gotta be more than just letting them go, i mean would they have just let go two black guys so easily.
Jamie ashbourne (3 days ago)
Guy wit a bandanna is a fucking legend no cap😂
Good job now all of us are on the government watch list
Electro Fan (3 days ago)
Ah so he was the source of my weed
Piped my Uncle (3 days ago)
What was the point of the girls
Michael Moran (4 days ago)
Totch Brown 💚
CHAOS 🤬Theory (4 days ago)
Now if they were black they'd be in jail till the rapture and second coming of jesus ...
Sodirty thedirty (5 days ago)
This guy is exactly who i want to be
Matthew Ledbetter (6 days ago)
Then poachers....
Wavy Mvne (6 days ago)
If it was two minority's doing that they would still be locked up smh America always being racist
Bart Fart (6 days ago)
If these guys were black or Hispanic they would be rotting in prison.
blaser51 (7 days ago)
That had to be pretty scary at times. I'm of the same generation and I totally understand.. Your so right about no regrets!!
KC Lange (7 days ago)
Florida, where everyone ends up looking like Mickey Rourke.
nick martorana (7 days ago)
Did you meet Florida man?
nick martorana (7 days ago)
Of course it’s in Florida
BrianVISION (8 days ago)
450 an LB???????
Savage Aj (8 days ago)
I did not imagine his voice to be like that
CherrySpriteYT (8 days ago)
Vice Loves to make Weed Videos
AS Youtuber (8 days ago)
K time to start drug smuggling
Tony Bobay (9 days ago)
John Deacy is the scummiest person in this video
highoffmine (9 days ago)
I wanna meet him 😩
Bigtayallday 74 (10 days ago)
I wish I could pay 450 a lb
Alex Miller (11 days ago)
Build that Wall
alyssark98 (11 days ago)
...it’s a plant....
Giraffe Rider (11 days ago)
he probably still enjoying that cash
D. Edwards (11 days ago)
I wanna do a dab with this guy!!
Nabil Romero (13 days ago)
I wanna smoke one with this guy
John “my lips fell off” decay
Tekk Luthor (13 days ago)
8:55 you mean, they weren't willing to put white kids away for multiple life terms?
Mur phy (13 days ago)
“Facing years sentences for smuggling a plant “
Caleb Rich (10 days ago)
Mur phy ok not against weed but I understand the severity and why they punish The main reason is because it lowers property values when there is a lot of weed in that area, causes death from when people steal it from dealers, they are loosing billions I tax money from the illegal money, it will eventually get down to middle/high schoolers I mean there’s a lot more then it’s just a fire lant
Notorious Vince (14 days ago)
Guy smuggled weed into the US gets violently arrested and given 4 years. Guy smuggled pure Cocain into the US gets a talking to then only serves 21 months...smh
Mr. sir (14 days ago)
pounds of shieet
Julius Bawasanta (14 days ago)
Man hes one happy guy
Hshsisb Nejej (14 days ago)
I had to stop watching cuz the beer they drink
joshua jannenga (15 days ago)
this show is just a mockery to the police lmao
Cadehayes (15 days ago)
Holy shit its a real life version of the truth from gta
MusicTube (15 days ago)
The government needs to relax about weed. The main problem is cocaine, heroin and meth. Weed is less dangerous than tabacoo.
Justin Tice (15 days ago)
Hopefully in gta 6 it’s set in Miami and you could like travel to the Everglades or some shit
Mad bro show (16 days ago)
He a Real American gangster he made moves and didn't snitch he properly spoke on how the operation ran to cooperate but didn't reveal the bigger organization smart move because for all he knows the feds were involved as well smart guy smart guy god bless him for real
Roderick storey (16 days ago)
6:12 Why legalisation makes sense - people are already doing it, just not paying their dues to the govt. After they get the additional tax money, they could fund police investigation for more harmful drugs, fund healthcare or education , or simply further line the pockets of those in government.
Novo_M8 (16 days ago)
Why weed is allowed in some states and not others is just completely backwards and stupid
A Lil Kangaroo (19 days ago)
Makes we wanna smoke up 🧶
Juggathon Games (21 days ago)
They was bringing in that Punta Roja if you know you know.
Alex Miller (11 days ago)
Columbian red
Adrian (21 days ago)
Their not willing to put WHITE kids aways for life is what you meant to say
THC CHRONICLES (21 days ago)
Nice headbands. Stay Stoned bro!!
Bos ZAy (23 days ago)
Black folks serving 29 yrs for a crack thou same timeframe
RipLegends (24 days ago)
I wanna go to Columbia buy a few pounds and smoke it to myself
rozes (24 days ago)
hate to do life for just smoking green wtf
Trey Moore (25 days ago)
Honestly who gives a shit about pot yeah other drugs should be banned but pot is like super strong tobacco 😂
Adolf Hitler (25 days ago)
he should make around 120mil for 15 tons even at $10 a g
Lacaranite (26 days ago)
reggie weed foe sho tho
Jack Thornton (29 days ago)
If these dudes were black or brown they’d be dead or still in there.... still shoutout to Tim McBride
Adrian Guzman (1 month ago)
They lowkey still smuggling
Joshua Sabatino (1 month ago)
He still in the game....
Html. Anthony (1 month ago)
Mafia 3 type beat
David Milewski (1 month ago)
Long live Vice! Wicked good video . Is weed 100% legal yet?
Mike F. (1 month ago)
now they live in small ass houses lol. I wish it was this easy to make millions nowadays
William Walker (1 month ago)
I've never come across any articles or archives saying agents seized large sums of cash. I bet more than a few of these smugglers were smart enough to shut up, do their time, get out, and DIG up their money.
Valentine TV (1 month ago)
*Thanks Donald*
M.C Wide (1 month ago)
*boomer intensifies*
Nellie Rutten (2 months ago)
Why would you stay in a place so suspect if you make millions, why not get out of the business and leave with the proceeds and go abroad. How about you get yourself a blue water capable sailboat and sail to Hong Kong or some other place that has no problem with you bringing in millions in cash to deposit in their banks and go live a little?
Dumb Azz (2 months ago)
its okay kim Kardashian would have slept with trump and got you out by now lol
Micah Baptisto (2 months ago)
Hes probably smoking that gatorkush
Gabriel Scholtes (3 months ago)
What an amazing story😍
Max Ehrmann (3 months ago)
Saltwater Cowboy book is a good read. If you can read.
Connor Goodwin (3 months ago)
These men are American hero’s
Ryan Chase (3 months ago)
Check out "Square Grouper" Documentary
Tragic (3 months ago)
Y’all know damn well if they were black they would’ve been put away FOREVER
Lean Man (3 months ago)
4 years for 15 mill+ Worth it
Braden Bagby (3 months ago)
I live in Florida
BossBros105 (3 months ago)
Only in Florida
kylerudy10 (3 months ago)
I need to meet this man before the end of my life
Safi Rouhi (4 months ago)
This dude looks like a hippy Viking
ttgk (4 months ago)
Not that easy nowadays
FarAboveTheGround (4 months ago)
I highly recommend Tims book its a great read!!
Iprodeltaelite (4 months ago)
This guy is the coolest smuggler
AD FO (4 months ago)
Now these are some ogs
Jimmy Anderson (5 months ago)
I would bet Tim could tell some stories dude is a legend. I'd love to hang out with him and smoke some of his product with him bet it would be a blast.
Denny (5 months ago)
Those who stay humble remain humble ;) Once in a life time deal lol says the men who got caught not the onesssss who are still doing it lmfao
mentaltfladdrig (5 months ago)
Check out Square Groper in Netflix for more info about these guys in the Everglades
SuperRichboy101 (5 months ago)
666k views 😭
Gyro scope (5 months ago)
God bless you boys
Superior Deja (6 months ago)
So these are the unexplained mansion owners 😳
https://youtu.be/4H9L6bqMlIY
Debts Without Regret (6 months ago)
Dam he just made me want a beer.....lol
jeff lawrence (6 months ago)
Y’all should do a documentary on weed coming from humboldt county California and how it gets moved around into places like Seattle and unloaded and then sold on the streets! And the life of a pot dealer! Of course now pot in Seattle is legal so the life of a outlaw pot dealer is pretty much gone but people’s memories live on! I’ve got plenty of memories growing up in Seattle
George Soros (6 months ago)
White privilege at its finest!
David Renwick (6 months ago)
I lived and worked in Miami in 1982-3 and one day while I was working for $6/hour as a labourer on a downtown Miami building site the crazy alcoholic foreman asked me if I wanted to buy some weed. I said Ok and when he asked me how much I wanted I suggested an Oz but also asked how much he had to sell. "Could you manage 250 lbs?" he asked. That was a fun place to be in.
Lars Bohr (7 months ago)
Cool
Earl Sweat (7 months ago)
They should get help from the Basques who smuggle over the France border from Basque-French country into Basque-Spanish since World War 2. Also have ties to Columbian cartels
Sideways Horizontal (7 months ago)
+VICE....I grew up in Carol City.."MIAMI" W/O a father!!... Im white and 61 yo!!... do the math!!...I lived and partook in this story!!... I was neck deep in it too!!.... 1st smuggling I did was when I was 14 yo....every summer I worked the shrimp fleets in Ft Myers when school was out for the summer, thats where I was first recruited, we ran pot and coke into the mangrove tributaries into the glades or other places from the gulf side W/O problems for years, until the FEDS got serious...Made alot of $$...but not as much as I should have!!...I was just a kid then....One time we were in the glades waiting on a twin screw to push a load out, on the signal fire we built for them, and the stupid fucks dropped the shit right on top of us, and killed a guy that was with us, it broke his neck, but we composed our-selfs, loaded the shit onto the air-boats and got-er done!!.. it was like the wild west at that time in history down there, and only lasted a brief 12/13 years, but what a time it was to grow up in and experience it, that makes adrenalin weep out your pores!!....I later joined the Corp, and ironically was attached to units down in SA that were part of Reagan's "War on Drugs" = What a joke!!...anyway after jacking a load of coke from a cartel in the bush down in Columbia and while loading it into unmarked Helos, I recognized the narcos mark on the bundles, and realized I had smuggled the same product into Miami years earlier during my dirty years as a young man!!....But I wouldn't trade anything for a once in a lifetime experience, that made a man outta me and stiffened my spine, and broke my cherry as a young man forever from being scared of anything, not to mention, the fellas I worked with were first rate guys, like family!!....My GrandKids ask me now what it was like growing up down there, and all I say with a big grin is: " It was exciting and interesting"....My daughter knows everything, and between that, serving my country in the Corp, being a father, and living to the ripe age I am, I wouldn't trade anything for the experiences and a life lived without safety nets at all!!.....Ironically I now live in the OKEFENOKEE swamp in Southern GA...S Fla's a shit hole now, that I left for good after I joined the Corp!!...But I sure do miss the early times I had and the Keys, sail fishing, and a life that had no limits during my first 18 years as a young man = "SIGH"!!....I knew dudes just like this, but there all dead now, or just gone like me!!...BTW Bro excellent video, It brought alot of memories back, that Ive almost forgotten, until today!!....BTW...my main crew was outta Captiva Island and we lived and smuggled outta the Mucky Duck restaurant, those mangroves saved our asses many times!!....Well Done Mate!!
Andy Botwin (7 months ago)
Fake
Chris Dutton (7 months ago)
Sadly DuPont is still around but William Randolph Hurst is Long Dead 👍👍👍👍 ✌️❤️😁
person4211 (5 months ago)
kids are still alive and they have his name...
Behzey (7 months ago)
These guys rich. Good for you guys. Cheers
swaygfx (7 months ago)
why y'all showing vice this shit man... lol

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