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Bait and Switch
September 30, 2012 10:25 PM   Subscribe

Brian O’Dea is a big time drug smuggler on his way out of the game when he gets a call from his sworn enemy with the deal of a lifetime. Buckle up for an international ride of shady characters, huge scores, and the true tale of a man who always had to keep one step ahead [16:47 min. audio]. From the Trust Me episode of Snap Judgment on NPR.
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear (8 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Great story. Not so sure about why I like a story of a drug smuggling, but it is a compelling story.
posted by lampshade at 12:01 AM on October 1, 2012


Heh, he still talks like a coke-head ... Bet the feds are still keeping tabs on him ...
posted by carter at 3:29 AM on October 1, 2012


That's a crazy, fascinating story!

Snap Judgement is one of the best things on the radio. I'm always enthralled when I happen to catch it (along with the Moth Radio Hour). I should do more to track them down.
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:40 AM on October 1, 2012


I find the money amounts here amazing. But I come from an ancient time when an ounce of pot was "four fingers" and cost twelve bucks...
posted by Benny Andajetz at 5:27 AM on October 1, 2012


I love heist stories, and the boat switchery was just classic. The bits about 110 people and bar coding boxes seemed a little advanced for the trade. Then again, I have no basis for comparison.

Snap Judgement is one of the best things on the radio.

It took me a little while to warm up to Glenn Washington's delivery, but now that I have, I love it. I think Jamie DeWolf's contributions were what really sold me (producer of this story too).
posted by gladly at 6:33 AM on October 1, 2012


Great stuff, thanks.
posted by shivohum at 8:01 AM on October 1, 2012


Heh, he still talks like a coke-head ... Bet the feds are still keeping tabs on him ...

If by "went to prison for years, was released and now helps other addicts to get sober like he is" then yes . . . the feds are still keeping tabs on him and he still "talks like a cokehead . . . whatever that means.
posted by eggman at 11:20 AM on October 1, 2012


The only problem with true crime stories is that you spend the whole story rooting for the crook and then they always get caught. Because if they hadn't gotten caught, there's no way they'd be blabbing about it on the radio.

The only exception I can think of is the documentary One Day In September in which they got an interview with one of the terrorists from the 1972 Olympics in Munich. But that's not exactly a heist caper where you can root for the bad guys.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 11:48 AM on October 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


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