Getting locked up abroad is one of my biggest fears, personally, and Future's DJ, Cisco, lived my awful nightmare this year. He was accompanying the rapper to a show in Abu Dhabi, when he was apprehended by airport security officials, who found marijuana in one of their bags.
Cisco gave a first person account of his ordeal to The Fader, detailing how he ended up spending 56 days in a Dubai jail -- where he got to meet a Taliban member? Even when officials from the U.S. embassy stepped in to help, it took them weeks to sort things out.
Kids, don't carry drugs in foreign countries, because, as you'll see from the highlights below...it can lead you straight to hell.
No explanations are given for your arrest:
"You go see a prosecutor. There's no rights. When they arrest you, they don't have to say you have a right to this, you have a right to an attorney, you have a right to remain silent. There's no judge, no jury. They assign you to a prosecutor, and the prosecutor can just do what he wants with you. They don't have to tell you anything. They don't even have to explain what the charge is."
Small crimes and big crimes are all the same:
"So I'm in there with people who had 10, 12, 20 kilos of cocaine from Brazil. There's an old man in there right now, 67 years old, he stole a box of candy from the airport, and he still in there. He's still in there right now because his paper just said he stole something and now he's in the same category as the people who stole 850,000 Dirhams. So there's an old man in there right now, I can see his face, and he's going crazy over a chocolate bar!"
Your defense can only be one answer:
"They give you this paper that tells you in seven days you gotta go to court, but then you only get to say one word. They ask you, did you bring a drug into this country? You don't get to explain. You just get to say yes or no, and you have to say yes because if you say no, then there's a whole 'nother case going on. So you say yes, and then they give you another paper for 14 days. Then you get thrown in Dubai jail. I don't care what you did, how minor it was, you can't do anything for the first 21 days, no matter what."
Jail is very segregated in Dubai:
"In the jail it's two sides. There's the Arabic side and the other side is predominantly African. and it's like a war between both sides. But I could go on both sides 'cause I wasn't neither. When I first moved in, both sides were tryna see who was gonna get the American. And I'm like, I know I'm gonna be cool with them Africans over there, but I need to make sure I'm cool with the Arabic side too."
But at least you learn a lot:
"All of the people there were so far from what I've ever known. People carrying kilos of coke in their stomach. Stuff I wouldn't even imagine doing, these people are doing to try to make it. These folks was living crazy, but I learned from them. Like, there's a difference between North and South Pakistan. I didn't know that in Cameroon they speak French. You learn about Islam. In prison they pray five times a day. They just put me on. I talked to everyone about their government and their language. Like, while I'm here, I got to figure it out."
And everyone is happy for you, if you get set free:
"America! Going home, America!"