He would go to Boudin’s Bakery on Fisherman’s Wharf to purchase bread bowls, hole out the break, line the within of the sourdough with meth, then cowl it again up and shrink wrap it, he says, including “some accoutrement from Fisherman’s Wharf, so it appeared like a care package deal,” then shipped it to Boston. Then his prospects would ship again $16,000 in 20 or 100-dollar payments through FedEx.
“No exaggeration, my life was ‘Breaking Unhealthy’ with present tunes,” he says, referring to the television show about an entrepreneurial meth cook dinner. “That sounds enjoyable and humorous, nevertheless it wasn’t. It was that dangerous. There have been weapons and other people getting robbed. Stolen vehicles, individuals getting beat up. It was dangerous.”
Although Billy was by no means caught for the cross-country care packages, he was arrested 3 times over his 10-year drug profession for possession or intent to promote. The primary two instances, he served a month or so in jail, then skipped out on probation. The third time, he bought caught with a half-pound of meth and was dealing with a compulsory sentence in state jail.
The day he was scheduled to go earlier than the choose, he sat in his jail cell at 850 Bryant in San Francisco, desperately bargaining with himself, with God, with the universe: ‘Please, please, something. Is there something you are able to do to get me out of this?’
Billy was escorted to the courtroom in his orange jumpsuit and shackles.
And the choose dismissed his case.
“I used to be launched that day,” Billy says.
The Kamala Harris Twist
This was 2010. Kamala Harris was the district legal professional of San Francisco and her workplace was swept up in a scandal involving the San Francisco Police Division’s drug crime lab: a 60-year previous lab technician was suspected of skimming cocaine out of the evidence room for her own use, throwing the integrity of about 1,000 drug instances into query.
Harris’ workplace, which relied on this proof and the testimony of technicians in drug prosecutions, got here beneath hearth for failing to reveal the contaminated proof to protection groups, and for failing to have a coverage in place for methods to deal with doubtlessly exculpatory data like this.
Although her workplace initially tried to attenuate the variety of instances affected and fought onerous to maintain them alive in court docket, Harris finally determined to drop them.
“It was like Christmas for drug addicts. Everyone was getting launched,” Billy remembers. “I used to be the fortunate beneficiary of a kind of instances.”
To Billy, it was the reply to his prayer. An indication that the universe wished one thing totally different for him. He dedicated that day to cease promoting medication, he says, and he made his approach to rehab.