Dope-smuggler's "job-wanted" ad

This classified ad from a former marijuana smuggler looking for work was apparently placed in a Toronto paper (the Toronto Star? The Globe and Mail? The National Post?) around 2006 or 2007. It's got a lot of moxie -- certainly being a successful dope runner requires a fair bit of self-starting get-up-and-go and precision organizing. Still, I'm not convinced it's real -- anyone know more about it?

"...participated in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide in a sucessful pot smuggling venture with revenues in excess of U$ 100 million annually(...) expert in all levels of security(...) well-traveled, speak English, French and Spanish(...) references available from friends, family, US District Attorney..."

Best 'Looking for a Job Ad', Ever (via Neatorama)


  1. But was he a gold card carrying member of the Marijuana Growers Association? Without that your just spinning your wheels.

  2. It has been posted, and it’s even less mock-worthy now. This is a guy who is trying to escape the no-win scenario of incarceration (Hi! You can’t vote! You can’t get a job! But we still expect you not to be a criminal!) and all we can do is laugh at him?

    Well, that sucks.

  3. I’m pretty sure Howard Marks wrote this. Went to see him a few years ago, funny guy. He had my sympathies right up until the moment he revealed he laundered some of his earnings through a Thai brothel…

  4. I believe the writer Alan Weisbecker (Cosmic Banditos) had a resume which read something like this ad. He actually landed a writing gig for Miami Vice due to his real world expertise.

  5. Seriously, for a business that would need a big ugly Rottweiler on a short leash, a guy with management skills and no scruples, this could be just what they were looking for.

  6. Hey, at least this guy seems more honest than Madoff or Stanford.
    I wonder if he could be better banker than any other “you can touch me because i´m humoungous rich” Wall Street broker…

  7. I would happily let him run one of our great banking institutions. He obviously can’t do any worse than has been done.

  8. I’d was about to hire this guy, but then I caught the lie on his resume.

    He claims to have managed 120 people in a “successful pot smuggling venture …”

    This guy’s definition of “success” apparently includes getting caught and doing 10 in the can.

    Um. No.

  9. If he’s been in the slammer for 10 years, I have my doubts about the “expert in all levels of security.”

    Other than that, this is a good way to preempt the criminal record questions.

  10. Compare this with Compuware’s recent hiring of Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit convicted of felony perjury, who pled guilty to obstruction of justice, pled no contest to assaulting a cop, and agreed to pay (pay back?) $1 million to the city of Detroit. Compuware hired him 7 days after he finished serving his 99 day sentence.

  11. O’dea (there is no shortage of egocentric O’dea’s in Newfoundland) has been a guest on a national radio show and not proven to be that intelligent nor interesting. Also, his tv series, about haunted houses or some such is a pathetic attempt at tv… he’s a very minor celeb with not much to offer but the notoriety of that ad

  12. I agree w/professormass @3.
    Obviously the guy has cunning, which is a form of intelligence.
    Ask yourself what you would do after a 10 year sentence.

  13. Are you guys serious??

    Now you’re just digging up dust

    This has been around for AGES

    I see it at LEAST once every 3 months on stumbleupon on various sites

    – Cass

  14. “around 2006 or 2007”
    Are you sure ? I was in canada when this guy was trying to use his smugling experience to find legit work, and I believe it was around 1999~2001.

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