"Wayne Cleveland's house is awash with cash."
True drug-smuggling stories are a fascinating business; men and woman who gamble their precious freedoms for truly insane amounts of money.
Secret worlds, lavish public lifestyles.
It’s a life of spiders and flies.
When the smugglers are winning, they’re spiders, living like Gods of Olympus with a total immunity to justice on earth.
When the cops get a lead, the smuggler become the fly in his own web.
Wayne Cleveland is a forty-nine-year-old surfer from Maroubra who talks with the bellicose growl of a cougar.
He made his name at Puerto, Sunset and, later, Cape Solander, waves he hunted with visceral passion, paying for his lifestyle by utilising the lucrative trans-Pacific cocaine trade.
In this episode of Dirty Water, Wayne explains the minutiae of getting the coke into Australia from LA, how it was cut and how it was distributed.
And, how it all unravelled.
(Watch the Australian Federal Police’s documentary on the sting and then bust, here, “Wayne Cleveland’s house is awash with cash…”)
And, listen, below.