Selling Drugs in Glasgow Ross Kemp Extreme World

-van boy, right? For the Evening Times. I remember my pals were selling a lot of drugs in Maryhill. And I come up and they were like, “There’s no better excuse to make 100 pound or something as a van boy.” And I could make triple that in a day.

So I ended up finishing my job. I gave my job in as a van boy to go and sell drugs. So I could have money and stuff like that.

So you were making three times what you’d make doing deliveries for the newspaper.

In half a week I could do that within that day, no bother.

The day.

In a day. And I had all the drugs that I wanted, so it made perfect sense to go and sell drugs.

Well at the time that’s …

How old were you then then?


Sixteen. What time did you stop? How old were you when you started selling?

When I started selling? Say about 12, 13.

Twelve, thirteen.

Years of age.

Twelve, thirteen.

But my addiction started … uh-huh. It started a way before them. I always looked up to the older ones, my big brother and things like that. So they were all smoking hash. So to be part of them I wanted to do that.

And with the drugs, came violence.

I got my hand severed.

That is a good scar.

I got my hand severed and I got my … a scar right down the back here.

Of your ear [inaudible 00:01:10]. What was that with?

That was with a Rambo knife. A guy attacked us with it. Three of them attacked us with balaclavas and that.

I got stabbed in the rectum and ended up with a colostomy bag for a year as well. That was on their “wanna”. That just … I was left for dead.

William, John, and Ross were brought up in some of the toughest areas of Glasgow.

So we’re going to Maryhill, yeah?


Was it ever merry?


It was merry on several weekends, aye.

It was merry on several weekends, was it?

Many a weekend.

I grew up Maryhill. My uncles had a big influence[inaudible 00:01:47] because I was young and stuff like, and I never had much and stuff like. I remember they done a robbery. They done a Post Office and ended up in jail. I remember being young, growing up and thinking I want to rob a Post Office and make a lot of money.

You wanted to rob a Post Office?

Aye. I wanted to be what they were. See they way when they sell drugs and had lots of money, and nice cars, and nice girlfriends and … when you looked … on the outside the life looked good.

Selling drugs. Having girls. Having money in your pocket.


It’s all-

You go straight through-

It just appears glamorous doesn’t it. But the reality, is it that glamorous?

No. It’s not.

But I have to say, to the untrained eye, that doesn’t look bad to me.

Well they’re just all new houses. It used to be all tenements. See the thing is, they look good on the outside, but it’s the same people that’s inside them.

Ross. It’s just like addiction. You can dress it up on the outside, but it’s the inside you’ve got to work on. Isn’t it Ross?

Yep. Exactly.

Yeah. Uh-huh.

If you were put back, say over there, tomorrow Ross, do you reckon you’d go back to drugs?

See today, I don’t think I would. See today, I’ve got a lot of good friends in my life. I’ve got a lot of good support in my corner. A lot … see this is the big difference. See in the past even though it was going on for me, I would use drugs to suppress my feelings.

See two days before Christmas my wee Mom passed away.


So she did. My wee Mom passed away. And it crushed me. But I didn’t need to run away and use drugs. I had people like John and Willie round about me, to talk to. You know, and to encourage me, and pick me up, and you know, and pull me through it, and support me. And just to be there for me.

When you get the sickness, if you don’t take care of it. Can you describe what it’s like?

You would be so sick. You’d be throwing up. Even if you haven’t eaten for days, you’ll be throwing up yellow stuff. You’ll be having diarrhea. You have no energy. Your whole body aches.