Howard Marks, British cannabis smuggler, writer and legalisation campaigner, Died at 70

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Dennis Howard Marks was born on August 13, 1945, and died on April 10, 2016.

He was a Welsh drug smuggler turned author.

Marks achieved his reputation as an international cannabis smuggler through high-profile court cases.

At his highest, Dennis was supposedly smuggling consignments of the drug as large as 30 tons, and was connected with groups as diverse as the CIA, the IRA, MI6, and the Mafia.

Howard Marks was finally convicted by the American Drug Enforcement Administration and handed a 25-year sentence to be served at Terre Haute; he was released in April 1995 after serving seven years.

But, Dennis had up to 43 different aliases, he became known as “Mr Nice” after he bought a passport from convicted murderer Donald Nice.

Following his release from prison, Dennis published a best-selling autobiography, Mr. Nice, and campaigned publicly for changes in drugs legislation.

Howard Marks passed away at 70 yrs old.

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