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Meet Sydney’s Most Notorious Ecstasy Kingpin

How to stay alive in the criminal underworld.

VICE Staff

VICE Staff

Steven Valentino was one of the world’s biggest ecstasy manufacturers in the ‘90s. After being busted running a high scale operation out of labs in Western Sydney, he was sentenced to 16 years prison. He served 11 of those years at one of the country’s toughest prison’s, Long Bay, before walking free at the end of last year.

We meet the notorious drug lord who talks about his high-intensity trajectory as a career criminal and how to stay alive in the underworld.

This episode of Violent Times is brought to you by Sicario: Day of the Soldado, in cinemas June 28. In the film, the drug war escalates as Mexican cartels smuggle terrorists across the US border. You can find out more about it here.