Brit Who Snorted Cocaine Off Pablo Escobar's Grave Receives Death Threats
Most people get banned from their local if they're found using drugs - although as we all know, many will turn a blind eye to it.
But one bloke was kicked out of what is regularly dubbed one of the most dangerous places in the world after a prank which he now says has landed him with death threats from criminal gangs.
Yep, it's the return of British tourist Steven Semmens who snorted a line off Pablo Escobar's grave. He says it was meant as a 'mark of respect' to the drug lord - the country didn't seem to take the same view.
The 35-year-old was kicked out of Colombia, leaving behind his girlfriend and kids - and now he fears for their safety.
Since returning to Swansea back in April, Semmens told the Mirror: "My mate asked me to do a line off Escobar's grave and it just went mad. It was funny at the time but I'm ashamed. Everybody said I was a disgrace and I was making the country look bad.
"The president even mentioned me on TV and the police were worried for my safety. It was really scary. I regret doing it so much. People sent me death threats on Facebook.
"They said if they found me they would skin me alive. I can't see my children and that hurts."
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Steven, who moved to the country in November 2017 after meeting a Colombian woman on holiday in Ibiza, is now sorry for what he did.
He explained: "I regret what I did so much and I want to apologise to the people of Colombia.
"I was in a bar in Medellin when the news flashed up on the TV of me doing the cocaine. All the locals were going crazy so I joined in slagging off the guy on TV because I didn't want them to know it was me.
"I went home, shaved to change my appearance and went to the mountains outside Medellín to hide. As soon as I could I went to Cartagena and hid."
He says he travelled to the capital, Bogotá , where police found him and handed him papers with a five-year ban.
He continued: "I was taken to the airport and told not to come back. If I wasn't banned I would definitely have gone back to see my children. But I knew when I got on the plane I was lucky to be alive."
According to the Mirror, Steven is now planning his return to university with hopes of becoming a drugs counsellor.
Featured Image Credit: PA/Steven Semmens
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