“El Griego”

Cast of Characters from my forthcoming book,
The Baggage Handler: El griego
El griego was the third piece of our drug operation.
(The others were Mano and myself.)
Mano shipped the drugs from Venezuela to the U.S. El griego received the merchandise at Miami International Airport. I picked it up and delivered it. Within 24 hours everyone was paid and satisfied. My job was to keep everyone happy and under control.
El griego was Greek but was born and raised in Miami. He was 42 when we worked together, 5’9″, solid build, and spoke Greek and Spanish, in addition to English. He had a short temper, probably because he was addicted to marijuana. When he didn’t smoke, we had a very long day.
I got the blame for El griego’s bust, but it was his own damn fault. I tried to protect him, like I did the rest of my team — none of whom were ever arrested — and told everyone not to call me (my phones were tapped). But El griego didn’t listen. He kept calling, saying he wanted to do another job. I did everything but come out and tell him that my phones were tapped, but he just didn’t get it.
My DEA team was an international team so they weren’t interested in local boys like El griego, but finally, after many such calls, they got suspicious about me — wondering if I was still in the game and double-crossing them, which I wasn’t.
To prove that I wasn’t, and avoid going to jail, they made me do the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with since my brother’s death. They made me take my friend down.
It Killed me to do it, and the fall-outfrom it hurts me to this day.

Excerpted from the forthcoming memoir, The Baggage Handler.

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2 Responses to “El Griego”

  1. wildinvirginia says:

    I’m thinking there have been a lot of people in your life you’d have rescued if you could but you can’t teach stupid and you can’t help some people. Other didn’t go down through not listening to your attempts to tip him off, he’d have been trying to set up something else. I’ve spent a lot of time in Greece – one of my favorite places – and you cannot tell a Greek man not to do something they want to. Which is why they have some of the most amazing history of innovation and philosophy lol And who knows who he’d have gotten involved with or what could have happened to him. Likely he’d have been busted some time anyway and we know there’s worse things than that hey? Who knows what you actually saved him from? Everything happens for a reason.

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