Category Archives: Matt Damon

Leaving Miami

When I started working with the DEA, I really tried to change my ways. But I kept finding myself in the same dark place with the same people, doing the exact same things (drinking and drugs), which were leading me … Continue reading

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Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance PG stands for Parental Guidance suggested, which is a guideline from the movie industry, letting parents know that they might want to pay a little extra attention to whether their child should watch the film. In real life … Continue reading

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Special Agent Johnny.. My handler

CAST OF CHARACTERS Over the next few weeks, I’m going to introduce you to the cast of characters in my forthcoming book about my years as a drug smuggler and then a confidential informant for the DEA. (To protect their … Continue reading

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Special Agent David My Handler

The Cast of Characters David was my other DEA handler. David was an investigator. He gathered the facts and administered the cases I helped with. Don’t get me wrong, he was as tough as they come. David chewed tobacco and … Continue reading

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“Family’s Award”

Hello, bloggers, it’s been awhile. I hope you all are enjoying your summer. In the short period of time that I have been on WordPress, I have found a home where I can talk from my heart and not be … Continue reading

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“About” The Baggage Handler

Why, Do i think I’m the baggage handler. I made the impossible “EASY” in both Worlds! Excerpted from the forthcoming memoir, The Baggage Handler.

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Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom Delinquency starts at home, not in the streets. Growing up, I saw my mother, on a nightly basis, drink herself to shame with all-night, loud parties filled with men. Things didn’t improve much after my brother and I … Continue reading

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Debriefing

In my last blog, I told you about how I was busted in a Walmart parking lot for trafficking in cocaine and then taken to their conclave for questioning. They were trying to get information out of me about my … Continue reading

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I Flipped

I was in a crowded parking lot at Walmart on a typical-for-Miami, hot and humid day. As I opened my SUV to complete a drug deal, suddenly I was surrounded by seven unmarked cars with their silent, flashing lights, and … Continue reading

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“The Very Inspiring Blogger Award”

Joseyphina, thank you for nominating me. I appreciate it very much. And I really believe that everyone on wordpress.com has something special and inspiring to say. Life have given me a lot of valuable lessons, and these phrases are in … Continue reading

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We Broke the Chain

http://onebillionrising.org/livestream/entry/earlier-washington-square-park-new-york-city#.UR_K5Zg4I8I.email “This is my favorite blog” I’ll be back next week JJ One out of three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. There’s something terribly wrong with humanity! Fact! We all come from women! Fact! No means … Continue reading

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” The Interesting Blog Award “

First, let me thank Katie Sullivan : http://wp.me/p3oWn1-3V for nominating me for The Interesting Blog Award. As a follower of her blog, I definitely see why she was nominated, and I’m honored she finds my blog interesting as well. For … Continue reading

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Santeria

First and foremost, I respect all religions. What I’m revealing today is only about my own experience. I’m not saying it’s everyone’s experience. My father, like many Cubans, practiced Santeria, which has its roots in Yoruba, a religion that slaves … Continue reading

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“Sunshine Award”

I’m excited and I’m stunned. Another award has come knocking on my door! I would like to thank Spasmostar http://spasmostar.wordpress.com for nominating my blog for The Sunshine Award. I’m truly honored. It really has been an amazing year so far, … Continue reading

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Old Currency is Still a Big Hit

The Federal Reserve Banks are responsible for collecting old worn-out money and distributing new money to banks and other institutions.        The branch in Miami, Florida, was responsible for exchanging these currencies with Central and South America. To … Continue reading

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Crazy Cuban

Crazy Cuban In a rare phone call from Special Agent Steve, the leader of the DEA team that I served as a confidential informant, he said, “JJ, I’m throwing a bone your way.” This meant he was giving me the … Continue reading

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“Dimelo”

Rookies, fresh from Farm! –the DEA training facility in Virgina When I was a CI (confidential informant), during a weekly debriefing with my DEA handlers, a dozen rookie agents, fresh from completing their training at the Virgina academy, filed into … Continue reading

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Beautiful Blogger Award

What a wonderful week! First, I’m nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, and then when I share my fondest memories, as requested for the award, Jenness Johnston http://jennessjohnston78.wordpress.com/ nominates me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Jenness, your appreciation of my … Continue reading

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” Versatile Blogger Award “

I would like to thank Shruti Srinivasan, http://anushrusrini.wordpress.com/author/anushrusrini/, for nominating my blog, The Baggage Handler, for The Versatile Blogger award. To be recognized by such an awesome site is truly an honor. I gratefully accept the nomination. It feels as … Continue reading

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El Jefe

El Jefe was the boss of our operation. I met him once in Bogota, Colombia, and I spoke to him four times on the phone. I don’t know very much about him — because I didn’t ask. Asking isn’t something … Continue reading

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“Stuffed Flowers”

How the Cartels Bring Their Drugs in Through U.S. Airports Baggage used to be the most popular way to bring in drugs, but due to the reforms in airport security after 911 that is more difficult, but people still try. … Continue reading

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Money Flights

Money Flights In a recent blog, I talked about the two types of airline personnel who steal from passengers: the professionals who target other criminals and the morons who target everyday passengers. The professionals profile their victims. If you paid … Continue reading

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Old School Blue-Collar Workers

In this blog, I’ve told you about my being a drug smuggler and confidential informant and some of my painful upbringing, but I haven’t addressed my early, happy days at American before I got into trouble. Also, my last blog … Continue reading

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Luggage Thieves

Watch Your Bags! There are two types of luggage thieves: the professional and the moron. The professional works like a ghost. I’ve seen a pro open, search, and close a bag within 40 seconds. These guys are really fast and … Continue reading

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” Liebster Award”

I am so proud to have been nominated for the Liebster award. It’s a big honor and I want to thank everyone involved in this process. Soon everyone around the world will be in tune with my past life. It’s … Continue reading

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Fisherman

The Fisherman My DEA handler, Johnny, and I were the first to show up for a team meeting in the parking lot at the DEA headquarters in Miami. That gave us some time to talk as we ate our lunch. … Continue reading

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South Beach Colombianos

The first thing the DEA asked of me, as a confidential informant, was not to change my cellular number. Well, from out of the blue, a Colombian guy I’d known for years, Lalo, and never suspected of any type of … Continue reading

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Entrapment

                      Entrapment Definition: when a defendant claims that he or she would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing so by law enforcement officials. “Entrapment never happens,” DEA special agent Steve told me once. “There is too … Continue reading

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The Golden Rules

            The Golden Rules He who has the Gold makes the  rules! “Breaking Bad” Once I decided to break bad, I wanted to learn from someone wise, someone who’d been smuggling drugs for a long period of time.  My friend … Continue reading

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“El Maestro”

Characters of The Baggage Handler Pedro El Maestro / The teacher Pedro recruited me and taught me the drug trade. Pedro was born in Cuba and came to the United States at a young age. He spent most of his … Continue reading

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Undercover

PRAY FOR THE BEST, EXPECT THE WORST This was DEA Special Agent David’s favorite quote. Although certainly better than going to jail, being a confidential informant was no cake walk. I was thrown into the fire. First, when CIs go … Continue reading

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JJ Gonzalez “The Baggage Handler”

I was an American Airlines employee for 20 years,  a ramp worker (the guys with the ear muffs) and  also a Skycap before I turned bad — helping a Columbia Cartel  smuggle drugs through Miami International Airport.  I got caught … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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Special Agent Steve “Team Leader”

Cast of Characters: DEA Special Agent Steve, Leader of our International Team. Agent Steve was a natural leader with a commanding presence. He was the planner, street smart,  a no-nonsense kind of guy. He wore his gun like Dirty Harry … Continue reading

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The Satellite TV Guy

The Satellite TV Guy Mano, my contact with the Colombia cartel, and I were hanging out at my home when the installer for a satellite TV company showed up. We all hit it off right away. El Gordo was a … Continue reading

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Captain of the Cartel “Mano”

Introducing the “Cartel” “Mano” was my Colombia connection! He was a Captain in a Colombia cartel. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, which makes him a “Bogotano.” When I worked with him, he was in his early thirties. Despite being … Continue reading

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The Bad Mechanic

The Bad Mechanic Tim was a Lexus dealer service manager, who always gave me first class service. One day we got to talking and he told me that his father was in jail for dealing large amounts of cocaine and … Continue reading

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The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away Perfect girl at the wrong time in life. It’s all about the timing! Penny was my first true love. I was a decade older and much more experienced than she. Our first year together was … Continue reading

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What Broke Me

What Broke Me In April of 2006 my daughter told me that a year before, a new member of her family had raped her in her bedroom in the middle of the day. She finally told me because the predator … Continue reading

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The United States Postal Service and American Airlines

The United States Postal Service and American Airlines    The United States Postal Service uses all major carriers to deliver their mail across the United States and to other countries.    After 911, due to the anthrax situation, the federal … Continue reading

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American Airline Cargo

Drugs in Cargo When I first got to Miami International Airport in September of 1990, AA Cargo was the most notorious  place for drugs and thefts. Cocaine was brought in by the tons on our planes. High-value items like Rolex … Continue reading

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T.S.A. @ Miami International Airport

                How to Protect Yourself from Theft Overall, T.S.A., the Transportation Security Administration, does a good job, but theft still occurs. Below are some tips to keep you and your belongings safe: • Listen to T.S.A.’s instructions and rules and … Continue reading

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SkyCap @ Miami International Airport

Skycapping at Miami International Airport Skycaps are the first to greet and acknowledge the passengers in any airport. They’re the porters outside the doors of the airport, but they’re not airline employees. They work for tips mostly, and are the … Continue reading

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Money Laundering

                                 Money   Laundering There’s a saying in Spanish “no jugar con dinero de gringo,” which means “don’t mess with the white man’s money.” If you do, you’ll encounter the secret service right away! This may sound odd, but the most difficult … Continue reading

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“Unresolved Grief”

/> Unresolved grief and my brother Albert, who was killed at age 28. </ Albert was 10 months older than I am, and the only stability in my life. He had tried to give me a happy childhood, which was … Continue reading

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My Wife Maya

Cast of Characters: My wife Maya Maya and I met in high school. She was always nice to me, but after my freshman year, when I left to go to a Las Vegas high school because of my father’s wheeling … Continue reading

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