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I'm Brett Douglas, author of The Golden Gate Smuggling Company: A San Francisco Marijuana Empire.
About the Author
I served as captain and navigator aboard several commercial fishing boats that were involved in the largest marijuana smuggling operation in San Francisco's history. Now retired from the sea, I still count the characters in this book—Bruce, Harley, Geppetto, Surfer Bob, and Bobsan—among my closest friends. I currently live quietly in California with my wife of fifteen years.
About my latest book, The Golden Gate Smuggling Company: A San Francisco Marijuana Empire
In 1979 I was a twenty-eight-year-old Marine Corps veteran working as a commercial tuna fisherman in California. That year a young man named Bruce Perlowin came looking for professional seamen and found a few, including me. The fishermen he recruited from Moss Landing became a tight-knit crew that played an integral part in smuggling more than 250 tons of marijuana that FBI agents later credited to the "Perlowin Conspiracy." The Golden Gate Smuggling Company provides a true, behind-the-scenes story of "The Company." In the early 1980s, commercial fishermen used long-range tuna boats specially outfitted for the eight-thousand-mile round-trip between San Francisco and Colombia. Each boat carried at least thirty million dollars worth of marijuana to the Company's private pier in the San Francisco Bay. I lived through it all and was involved in this adventure from load number one to the federal courthouse in San Jose four years later.This story chronicles a laid-back California-style drug smuggling empire that operated free of Hollywood clichés: no guns, no violence, no dramatic shoot-outs or car chases. Our world revolved around tuna boats, the Pacific Ocean, and marijuana. Lots of marijuana...