British drug smuggler describes his two-year hell in the prison of Sao Paulo
Two years in prison in Brazil: British drug smuggler describes how he was beaten with clubs and forced to fight 12 hours against a prisoner in the prison of Sao Paulo
- Craig Gifford spent two years in the Brazilian prison after convicting drug trafficking
- He told about the horrors he endured while sitting behind bars in a prison in Sao Paulo
- Gifford was forced to sleep on concrete floor and had AK47 & # 39; s in his face
- He described that he was beaten with clubs and survived on a diet of beans and rice
A British man who was caught smuggling cocaine to Brazil told about the atrocities he endured during his stay in a prison in Sao Paulo.
Craig Gifford from Runcorn, Cheshire described how he was beaten with batons, guns punched in the face and forced into a 12-hour physical fight with another prisoner.
He was initially sentenced to eight years and finally spent two years in the Brazilian prison, where he said he had to fight to stay alive by holding his head up & # 39 ;.
He described his limited access to water for drinking and washing, forced to sleep on a concrete floor and survive on a monotonous diet of rice and beans.
Craig Gifford (photo) from Runcorn, Cheshire, told about the atrocities he endured while staying in a prison in Sao Paulo after being caught smuggling cocaine into Brazil
The Brit explained how he had AK47 & # 39; s in his face and was told to strip naked and beaten with clubs while trying to run away.
He told the publication: & # 39; In Sao Paulo I had a concrete bed, not a mattress, with a hole in the floor to go to the toilet, lots of insects and mosquitoes … it was unsanitary from top to bottom. & # 39;
Gifford was allowed to & # 39; in the morning and & # 39; only cold water for one hour and wash themselves.
He was once imprisoned in a prison cell with a Nigerian prisoner, and the couple spent 12 hours banging each other through the night, unable to get away.
Gifford, who used to work as a salesman and warehouse worker, was caught in 2014 after he smuggled 6.5 kg of class A medicine in Brazil in his suitcase.
After suffering the loss of his mother at the age of 27, Gifford spent time abroad and met drug bosses who offered him £ 25,000 to sneak to the other side of the world through cocoons.
Gifford explained how he had AK47 & # 39; s in his face and was told to strip naked and beaten with clubs while trying to run away
Gifford admits that he had conducted similar drug mule operations in provinces including Thailand and Vietnam.
He then served in the Sao Paulo prison for two years before being transferred to a HMP Wandworth and HMP Kirkham prison in the UK. His sentence was reduced to six years and nine months.
Speaking of his time in prison, Gifford told the Liverpool Echo: & The conditions were so bad in Sao Paulo, with prisoners running the prison and no one to stop the violence – it's all about gangs … & # 39;
The 33-year-old added: & # 39; If they are drug smuggled in other countries, it is not like England, they don't care if you live or die. & # 39;
However, Gifford, who suffered the loss of both his brother and his mother, said: & I will not let myself be defeated what happened to me, I am still fighting.
& # 39; I only found myself at the end when I was free, and discovered that I could be a good person on the right side of the law. & # 39;
Gifford pictured during his stay abroad before his arrest. Afterwards, Gifford expressed regret for his actions. & # 39; I'm having a hard time, but I'm alive and grateful for it & # 39;
He was released in April and has since found work. However, his working life was hampered by his constant suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Afterwards, Gifford expressed regret for his actions. & # 39; I'm having a hard time, but I'm alive and thankful for it. & # 39;
& # 39; Looking back, I can't believe how crazy and stupid I was, but it was a bad situation in which I found myself. & # 39;
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