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The Real Midnight Express

Billy Hayes (actor) with the hash taped to his body. In 1970, he tried to smuggle two kilos of hash back to the USA. Billy was one of the first casualties of Turkeyโ€™s crackdown on drug smuggling and was sent to the infamous Sagmalcilar prison.

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The Oscar-winning 1978 film "Midnight Express" told the story of 23-year-old college student Billy Hayes - his imprisonment for drug smuggling and his escape from a prison in Istanbul, Turkey. But for legal reasons, neither the film nor the book, authored by Hayes, was completely accurate. Now, Billy tells the full story of being sent to the infamous Turkish Sagmalcilar prison and eventually escaping.