Hello everyone, I'd like to introduce you all to Paul Boxer. He's what I'd call a uniquely principled smuggler, if there is such a thing. He helped us put together the "Smuggler's Mystery Box" packages that we sent out last week to the backers that chose that perk. I'll let him take it from here… – Zak
PAUL BOXER: Most people want to know how I got into this business. And frankly, it's not too different from any other business. You have the buying, importing, sales, advertising. I let everyone know when I'm back from South America so they know it's fresh and good. But to me, the cocaine trade is a wonderful game – to meet the different people, to read them – it's like living a movie. Now listen, I'm not a hard person and I'm not even that strong physically, but I can put on a look and I can act like I'm carrying heat. If there's a couple of men behind me I act like they're my back-up. I just make it happen. And of course I get by on an awful lot of luck to pull off a dozen smuggles from South America and not get touched. Some might call it idiot's luck.
So I guess the real question you have is how do I do it? Well… I'll tell you. Every time I'm carrying, I always go through once without anything, using the same method. You always do a blind run. And if that run gets hit, I scratch it. Further, all my scams are designed so that the person carrying the load can walk away clean if the cocaine is discovered. That's why I never hide it under my clothes. How are you going to deny it's yours if you're wearing it?
But hey, enough about me… It's been a pleasure meeting Zak and the team behind this movie. They invited me to put together their "Smuggler's Mystery Box" – a gift that contained some secret files on a USB Key. It was pretty entertaining to see how much fun everyone had with them. Here's a photo that backer Bernie Leinfelder took when she received hers.
As for me, I'm recently back from my 13th trip to South America and I thought I'd share some short video clips. You may notice at the end of each, that I'm a big fan of Michael Caine – even got an autographed picture. And I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't make a little game out of it for you. 24 of you have already followed the clues that a few backers uploaded to Facebook and Twitter from that USB Key. If you can figure it all out, you'll be rewarded with your very first look at Down and Dangerous.
– Paul Boxer
I. GOING SOUTH
II. SNOWBOUND IN MÉXICO
III. AIR TRAFFICK
IV. LOCAL CUSTOMS