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How Mr. Nice used rockstars to smuggle weed

Howard Marks (aka “Mr. Nice”) famously moved 55 thousand pounds of weed through JFK airport in just three years.

 

If you’re a marijuana enthusiast, you probably know Mr. Nice as a sedative indica strain—the offspring of G13 and Hash Plant. But if you were young during the golden age of rock and roll, lighting up at Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd concerts, you may be more familiar with the strain’s namesake—the real Mr. Nice.

Howard Marks, a notorious cannabis kingpin, became known as Mr. Nice after purchasing a passport from a man named Donald Nice. The passport was part of Marks’ elaborate weed-smuggling scheme, which involved sneaking marijuana into the United States in the amplifiers of famous rockers like Eric Clapton, Genesis and Pink Floyd. But that wasn’t the most shocking smuggling method used by Marks.

After all, Marks famously moved 55 thousand pounds of weed through JFK airport in just three years. In order to do so successfully, he had to get creative. So how did he do it? The whole story, as you are about to find out, is truly remarkable.

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