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  • The Cocaine Diaries

  • A Venezuelan Prison Nightmare
  • By: Jeff Farrell, Paul Keany
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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The Cocaine Diaries

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Summary

‘It won’t happen to me. That’s what I thought when I got on the plane to Venezuela. But it did–I got caught.’

Caught smuggling half a million euros’ worth of cocaine, Paul Keany was sexually assaulted by Venezuelan anti-drugs officers before being sentenced to eight years in the notorious Los Teques prison outside Caracas. There he was plunged into a nightmarish world of coke-fuelled killings, gun battles, stabbings, extortion and forced hunger strikes until finally, just over two years into his sentence, he gained early parole and embarked on a daring escape from South America . . .

Aided by his extensive prison diaries, Keany reveals the true horror of life inside Los Teques: a shocking underworld behind bars where inmates pay protection money to stay alive, prostitutes do the rounds and vast amounts of cocaine are smuggled in for cell-block bosses to sell on to prisoners for huge profits. The Cocaine Diaries is a remarkable story, told by Keany with honesty, courage and even humour, despite knowing that every day behind bars might have been his last.

©2012 Jeff Farrell and Paul Keany (P)2023 Jeff Farrell and Paul Keany

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so involving and well told

i loved everything and disliked nothing so interesting and felt like it was me there

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Wow 😲😳

Jeez , that's a crazy story. Imagine living like they do in those prisons. The conditions . Grim . I enjoyed this, good listening. Would recommend it if you like these kinds of stories.

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Awesome

Best book I’ve listened to in a long time. This is a crazy story and if it doesn’t put anyone off smuggling nothing will

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