How Two Bumbling Stoner Kids Became The Pentagon’s Favorite Arms Dealers

efraimdiveroli00_guns_local_embedded_prod_affiliate_56It sounds like the plot of a John Hughes ’80s teen comedy. Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz were a pair of underachieving kids from Miami (interests: football, “whisky”, and “chilling with the boyz”) until, as part of the privatization effort, they somehow landed a $300 million contract from the Bush administration to provide ammunition for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Then things soured: greed pitted the friends against one another, all they could give the military were defective, Chinese-made munitions from Albania, and now Diveroli is in jail. Rolling Stone has the barely-believable saga:

Reassured by the e-mail, Packouz got into his brand-new blue Audi A4 and headed home for the evening, windows open, the stereo blasting. At 25, he wasn’t exactly used to the pressures of being an international arms dealer. Only months earlier, he had been making his living as a massage therapist; his studies at the Educating Hands School of Massage had not included classes in military contracting or geopolitical brinkmanship.

But Packouz hadn’t been able to resist the temptation when Diveroli, his 21-year-old friend from high school, had offered to cut him in on his burgeoning arms business. Working with nothing but an Internet connection, a couple of cellphones and a steady supply of weed, the two friends — one with a few college credits, the other a high school dropout — had beaten out Fortune 500 giants like General Dynamics to score the huge arms contract. With a single deal, two stoners from Miami Beach had turned themselves into the least likely merchants of death in history.

Read the rest at RollingStone.com.

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  • jinsk

    Only in US!!!!

    • mrtastycakes

      . . . but mainly in south Florida.

  • jinsk

    Only in US!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAPUJHWIYQJWKN7HUCSCVHKVTQ David Meadows

    I should have gotten in the “Arms Business” if these schmucks are my competition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAPUJHWIYQJWKN7HUCSCVHKVTQ David Meadows

    I should have gotten in the “Arms Business” if these schmucks are my competition.

  • reubenavery

    inb4 george w bush

  • Anonymous

    inb4 george w bush

  • John Jr

    Someone needs to make this into a movie. :D

    • DeepCough

      They did: it’s called “Lord of War,” the best Nic Cage movie you’ll ever see (with the exception of Con Air, of course).

      • duude

        I think Goodjohnjr has in mind something like pineapple express. But the actual story. It would be epic. As a matter of fact i’m working on it.

        • John Jr

          I have not seen Pineapple Express yet, but I was thinking of an Action/Drama/Part Comedy (Maybe). ;)

          You are working on it! Great, good luck. :)

          It is crazy & sad that stuff like this is happening in the real world, but I think it would translate to film well enough. :D

      • John Jr

        Interesting, I never heard of that film before, thank you. :D

      • Hadrian999

        raising arizona trumps them all

  • Goodjohnjr

    Someone needs to make this into a movie. :D

  • Masshole_Sports

    god bless the U.S.A.

  • Anonymous

    god bless the U.S.A.

  • Hadrian999

    more proof this world is too fucked up to take seriously, it’s like living in a Leslie Nielsen movie

  • Hadrian999

    more proof this world is too fucked up to take seriously, it’s like living in a Leslie Nielsen movie

  • DeepCough

    They did: it’s called “Lord of War,” the best Nic Cage movie you’ll ever see (with the exception of Con Air, of course).

  • duude

    I think Goodjohnjr has in mind something like pineapple express. But the actual story. It would be epic. As a matter of fact i’m working on it.

  • Marklar_Prime

    Amerikkka would be a funny place if the joke weren’t always on us.

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    Amerikkka would be a funny place if the joke weren’t always on us.

  • Goodjohnjr

    Interesting, I never heard of that film before, thank you. :D

  • Goodjohnjr

    I have not seen Pineapple Express yet, but I was thinking of an Action/Drama/Part Comedy (Maybe). ;)

    You are working on it! Great, good luck. :)

    It is crazy & sad that stuff like this is happening in the real world, but I think it would translate to film well enough. :D

  • mrtastycakes

    . . . but mainly in south Florida.

  • P’colaPanhandler

    This is cool… Florida just elected a Republican Guv that made billions in the health care biz as CEO of a Miami based corporate empire, but decided to resign instead of being indicted for receiving millions in Medicare fraud. Now, two bros from So Fla face indictment for millions in arms fraud. Shouldn’t they get the same deal? After all, they are CEO’s of their own arms distribution business.

    Our country, gotta luv it! It’s an ongoing, real time reality TV show – pass the popcorn & don’t bogart that blount.

  • P’colaPanhandler

    This is cool… Florida just elected a Republican Guv that made billions in the health care biz as CEO of a Miami based corporate empire, but decided to resign instead of being indicted for receiving millions in Medicare fraud. Now, two bros from So Fla face indictment for millions in arms fraud. Shouldn’t they get the same deal? After all, they are CEO’s of their own arms distribution business.

    Our country, gotta luv it! It’s an ongoing, real time reality TV show – pass the popcorn & don’t bogart that blount.

  • Hadrian999

    raising arizona trumps them all

  • http://drwho.virtadpt.net/ The Doctor

    United States international politics is indeed one part _The Illuminatus Trilogy_ and one part _Hey, Vern, It’s Ernest!_

  • Anonymous

    United States international politics is indeed one part _The Illuminatus Trilogy_ and one part _Hey, Vern, It’s Ernest!_

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