Before they wound up broke and in prison, the DeLisi brothers figure they grossed $50 million moving marijuana from Colombia to South Florida in the 1970s.
The brothers note with pride that, after all the cargo planes of weed they flew across the Caribbean, their beefs never turned bloody. They never snuffed snitches or killed rival dealers. And the DeLisis refused to smuggle cocaine or heroin.
“There were so many times when they tried to get us to bring the other stuff, the coke and the heroin,” says Richard DeLisi, the youngest and perhaps boldest of the three outlaws. “We would never do it because we knew it could kill people. I feel good about that still today.”
The DeLisi brothers were bit players in South Florida’s cocaine cowboys era, throwbacks to a time before narco-mafia empires and billion-dollar money laundering rings. After he and his brothers were nabbed in a sting operation in 1988, Richard DeLisi continues serving a 90-year sentence.
Now 69 and imprisoned, he wants out: ‘I’m costing them big money keeping me