I became an addict at the age of 14, and my drug of choice was methamphetamine

“I became an addict at the age of 14, and my drug of choice was methamphetamine”

I was raised poor in a little Texas town called Krum. I became an addict at the age of 14, and my drug of choice was methamphetamine.

After a few years I became so addicted I sold small amounts of meth to support my habit.

When I was 24, I sold $25 worth of methamphetamine to an undercover cop and got a 32-year sentence in state prison. This has stolen my entire life and caused me more pain than I can put into words. 

While in prison I have lost all five of my brothers, my sister, mom, dad, stepdad and two of my nieces. I have been unable to have children myself due to being locked up so long, and the War on Drugs is the reason I was sentenced so harshly.

I have been treated like no man should ever be treated, with the most disdain you can imagine. Nothing I have done to rehabilitate myself has done one single bit of good, because no one cares what classes I take or vocations I master or how I have changed my life, because I sold $25 worth of meth to an undercover cop. 

I often wish I was dead too, so this would all be over, but I know it will end in 2033, and then I will be on probation for the next five years. I will be 68 years old, and I will be 73 when I finally get “off paper” for this crime I committed.

I know I should have been punished for my crimes. I am not trying to minimize this in any way. 

But what happens to my bloodline now that I am the only one left in my family, and I am too old to have children, and what if I could? I would not be around to see them grow up, in all probability.

My family suffered from the time I was arrested until their dying day. I remember my mother telling me not to become bitter over all this, but it is very hard to live in this type of place for years after years with no end in sight, all the while seeing my loved ones die along the way. 

I feel so ashamed being who I have become.

At the age of 48 Franks was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute or dispense less than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas. He plead guilty and received 180 months or 15 years in prison. Franks is now and in failing health. His full bio is here.

At the age of 48 Franks was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute or dispense less than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas. He plead guilty and received 180 months or 15 years in prison. Franks is now and in failing health. His full bio is here.

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