Gringo By Dan “Tito” Davis

What if tomorrow, you had to leave your family, your home, and everything you’ve ever known to become a fugitive in a country where you couldn’t even speak the language? Do you think you’d survive?

Dan “Tito” Davis did. In his real life memoir, “Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive”, written while serving a 10-year prison sentence, he details his shocking story of the 13 years he spent on the run from the United States federal government.

How did it happen? Tito led a quiet albeit colorful life early on in small town South Dakota but that all changed with his introduction into the sale of White Crosses (a form of speed). Tito goes on to a fast paced life at one point selling upwards of ten million pills and making $200,000 profit a week while at the University of Las Vegas using the infamous Banditos Motorcycle Club as distributors; that led to cocaine sales which landed him in jail for a 5-year stint. Once out and looking for something with less risk Tito switched to distributing marijuana, eventually bringing in over $50,000 per week. But when one of Tito’s long time friends was caught and set him up on false charges of selling meth Tito was forced to go on the run or face a 30-year prison sentence.

In one night, he packed what he could, said goodbye to his family, and slipped into Mexico without knowing a word of Spanish.

Tito provides a glimpse into the 13 years of his life spent with the goal of staying alive and out of prison all while living on the periphery of major drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico; crossing the Darien Gap ( the world’s most dangerous jungle passageway on the border of Columbia & Panama), hiding in underground hideouts for the Medillin cartel, sneaking into Germany, getting interrogated in Cuba, time spent in Mumbai, India; and finally building a resort in Venezuela during the rule of anti-American President Hugo Chavez.

From having to enroll in a 3rd grade Mexican public school as a 40-year-old adult to learn Spanish, to witnessing armed cartel hits in the streets of Columbia only a year after the death of Escobar, the years he spent on the run gave him a set of experiences most people would never believe.

And how did it end? Davis was black-bagged (kidnapped by the U.S. since there were no extradition agreements in place) in 2007 in Venezuela where he was building a luxury resort hotel and served 105 months in prison. Released in 2015 Tito now lives in Key West, Florida.

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