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I went from Brit nerd to drug kingpin dubbed Bank of England… I dodged mafia hit & faced 200 years in US's toughest jail | The Sun
SHAUN Attwood is not the sort of person you’d expect to become one of America’s biggest drug dealers.
Growing up in Widnes, Cheshire, he started dabbling in shares at the age of 14 and he was taught economics at university by Margaret Thatcher’s former advisor Sir Patrick Minford.
By his early twenties, Shaun had earned a million by working as a stockbroker in the United States, and seemed to be set for life.
But a keen business mind and lethal drug habit led him into the deepest, darkest and most dangerous parts of US society.
Shaun, 54, only just dodged a mafia hit, smuggled ecstasy, had his door battered down by an armed SWAT team, faced a 200 year jail sentence and survived one of the most notorious prisons in the United States.
It was the cold hard reality of prison that made him realise drugs wrecked lives.
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Shaun tells The Sun: “Only when I sobered up in the jail, I looked back and thought ‘what on earth have you done, how on earth are you still alive?’”
Since being released from prison in 2007 and deported back to the UK, he has dedicated much of his life to warning others about the dangers of illegal substances and shining a light on harsh prison conditions.
He has visited hundreds of schools, written 16 books and interviewed over a thousand guests on his podcast, including Robbie Williams and Kerry Katona.
When I ask Shaun what his future is, he goes to collect his one month old son Ziggy and places him proudly on his knee.
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