By Michael Forwell, Lee Bullman
On 29 June 1988 Michael Forwell (aka The Fox) had all of it - speedy vehicles and speedboats, a nightclub in Bangkok, houses world wide. And a boat heading in the direction of California sporting seventy two lots of high-grade Thai marijuana, his final deal sooner than going instantly. On 30 June the DEA seized the send within the largest dope bust in background . . . and intensely quickly Michael had not anything in any respect.
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