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13th August 1945

Howard Marks

Welsh author and drug smuggler

Dennis Howard Marks was a Welsh drug smuggler and author who achieved notoriety as an international cannabis smuggler through high-profile court cases. At his peak he claimed to have been smuggling consignments of the drug as large as 30 tons, and was connected with groups as diverse as the CIA, the IRA, MI6, and the Mafia. He was eventually convicted by the American Drug Enforcement Administration and handed a 25-year sentence to be served at Terre Haute; he was released in April 1995 after serving seven years. Though he had up to 43 different aliases, he became known as "Mr. Nice" after he bought a passport from convicted murderer Donald Nice. After his release from prison, he published a best-selling autobiography, Mr. Nice, and campaigned publicly for changes in drugs legislation.

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  • Lived from
    1945 - 2016 (Died age 70)
  • Birthday:
    13th August 1945
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Star Sign:
    Leo
  • Place of Birth:
    Kenfig Hill
  • Country:
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland