please log in to view this image Had the pleasure of meeting the guy many years back. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Marks Howard Marks, the former drugs smuggler known as Mr Nice, has died at the age of 70. After announcing he had inoperable bowel cancer last year, The Guardian reported he had died at his home near Bridgend in South Wales. Friend and former colleague at Loaded magazine James Brown said Marks was a "true modern-day folk hero", who had done "so many funny, shocking, illegal things". Marks had a monthly column at the magazine for five years and released his autobiography, Mr Nice, which detailed his many years smuggling cannabis, in 1996. After years living under as many 43 aliases, he was eventually caught by the American Drug Enforcement Agency in 1988. He was sentenced to 25 years at one of America's toughest prisons - Terre Haute, Indiana - and was released on parole in 1995 after serving seven years. Brown, who hired Marks when he was the editor of Loaded, paid tribute to his friend, telling The Guardian: "He stood for everything we loved. Mr Nice was a thrilling book. "Howard is a bloody great example to us all." Born in 1945 in Kenfig Hill, a small Welsh coal-mining village near Bridgend, Howard Marks went to Oxford University where he earned a degree in nuclear physics and post-graduate qualifications in philosophy.