An unforgettable cocktail of drugs, riots, beatings, murders and kidnappings
Prisoners armed with rifles . . . being gang-raped by police officers . . . a woman's face being shot off . . . a toilet floor for a 'cell' . . . the horrified cries of inmates being stabbed to death . . . mutilated corpses after a riot that left 19 dead. Welcome to The Cocaine Diaries: A Venezuelan Nightmare.
When Paul Keany proceeded through Caracas airport in Venezuela with six kilos of cocaine hidden in his suitcase, he was expecting a holiday in the sun with a pay packet of 10,000 Euros: enough to pay off a bank loan and a few small debts. But when airport police closed in on his haul with a street value of over half a million Euros, Paul quickly realised he was in serious trouble.
Sentenced to eight years in the notorious Los Teques prison, outside Caracas, he was plunged into a frightening world of drugs, violence and murder. Then, just over two years into his sentence - four stones lighter than he was when imprisoned, following a recent hunger strike and a life-threatening virus - Paul bribed his way to early parole and embarked on a daring escape from South America . . .
With the aid of extensive diaries he secretly kept whilst in prison, Paul Keany reveals the true horror of life inside Los Teques: a shocking underworld behind bars where money talks, prostitutes do the rounds and corrupt guards smuggle in vast amounts of cocaine for wing bosses to sell on to inmates for huge profits.
About the Author
Paul Keany was a successful self-employed plumber until the Irish property crash in 2008. An aspiring novelist, he has turned his back on the murky world of drug-smuggling to focus on a life of writing. Born and raised in Oxford, he now lives in Dublin. Jeff Farrell is an independent Irish journalist and documentary maker specialising in Latin American affairs. His work has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. He currently lives in Dublin.
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Comments about The Cocaine Diaries:
wow what a great book and a real page turner,it opens your eyes to what its like in a los teques prison,a must read
out-standing as always
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2012
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.36