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How high school wrestlers became opiate drug kingpins

November 5, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
How high school wrestlers became opiate drug kingpins Richard Sullivan, Landon Barabas, Douglas Dodd and Lance Barabas (from left).

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In June 2009, Lance Barabas threw the sort of party that turns college students into local legends. Cocaine was served on silver trays. Opiate pills were passed around in goblets.

The bacchanal was “filled with college kids smoking weed, drinking out of Jagermeister kegerators, and dancing to Top 40 music,” writes Lance’s friend Douglas Dodd in “Generation Oxy: From High School Wrestlers to Pain Pill Kingpins” (Skyhorse Publishing), co-written by Matthew B. Cox and out now.

And yet drugs and booze weren’t enough for Lance, a business-management student making a small fortune working for fellow student Dodd, who had built a massive oxycodone-dealing business in just three years.

Flush with drug money, Barabas needed to go all-out.

Dodd, who was at the party, describes the scene in detail: “Lance spread out one hundred grand on his king-sized bed and let a dozen drunken sorority girls snap photos of each other rolling around in cash before posting them on Facebook. Coeds were getting f—-d up on pills, striking ‘Charlie’s Angels’ poses in nothing but lingerie and holding Lance’s assault rifles and handguns.”

But this would mark the end rather than the beginning of the pals’ spree. That same night, Justin Knox, a “standout wrestler at Cumberland University” who sold pills for Dodd in Tennessee, was arrested and thrown behind bars — the first member of their drug ring to get caught.

He would not be the last.

‘Generation Oxy” is Dodd’s tale of how he and his friends started selling pills for extra money in high school in 2006 and ended up overseeing a nationwide, multimillion-dollar drug ring that was making $40,000 a month at its height.

Dodd, born in 1988 in New Port Richey, Fla., writes that he grew up in a trailer park with a “functioning alcoholic” mom and a philandering dad. He got stoned for the first time at age 10 and arrested, for marijuana possession, at age 13.

Dodd and his friends were athletic, on the wrestling team and prolific weed smokers. He met Barabas and his brother Landon, and their friend Richard Sullivan, at wrestling practice on his first day at Hudson High School in Hudson, Fla., in 2003, describing them as “a bunch of blond-haired, blue-eyed, wisecracking rich kids surrounded by a pool of the underprivileged.”

The four became inseparable, spending all their time wrestling, smoking pot and partying on the weekends.

Lance was the control freak of the group, with Dodd writing that his Adderall was “the only thing keeping him somewhat under control.” Landon Barabas was “a ‘pretty boy’ with Captain America good looks” who “thrived on attention and was so vain he couldn’t pass a reflective surface without looking at himself.” Sullivan was an aspiring porn star whose goal was to “sleep with as many women as possible.”

Read the rest of the article from the New York Post

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