My name is Simon McCoy, I am the author of the To Live Outside The Law series of books that recount my real life adventures as an outlaw. If adventure and daring are your thing. If there is still a little bit of the rebel in you. You are going to love sharing these stories with me.


My name is Simon McCoy. For longer than Pablo Escobar, I smuggled cocaine. I’m an outlaw, not a criminal. I never handled a gun nor dealt with those who did. Coke, Snow, Blow, Charlie – you’ve all heard some of these nicknames for cocaine. But have you ever wondered how that gram got to your mirror? To Live Outside the Law recounts the smuggling career of myself and my partners from the Eighties to the Twenties. ‘Finding my Mojo’ is the first published book in the Bolivian trilogy and joins me at a turning point. Moving serious amounts of pure cocaine across six continents, I broke the law and escaped detection. When that failed, I fought and won my freedom. Caught red-handed with thirty kilos, Rio’s Press branded me as ‘Brazil’s Cleverest Smuggler.’

The night my not guilty verdict came down, Rio’s two most violent rival gangs joined forces to celebrate with me in jail. When British Police declared me ‘British Mafia’ to the Paraguayan Press and my Judge, I had to buy a new judge and escape South America’s notorious Tacambu Jail. I’ve done it all, and it wasn’t all fun and games. I spent nights having to count money and days processing mountains of glittering cocaine. I was an outlaw, not a criminal. If you have a sense of humour, if adventure and chutzpah are your thing. If there is still a little bit of the rebel in you. You are going to love sharing these stories with me. Don’t just take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

About the Book

To Live Outside the Law, Bolivia Two “Finding my Mojo” is Simon McCoy’s first published book in a series of twenty-five. It is also the second book in the Bolivian trilogy. There are no ‘Smuggling 101’ courses, no ‘Dummies Guides to Smuggling’. Up to now, Simon had got by through sheer balls and luck. This book marks the place where Simon steps up to the plate.

He has a method that works consistently, and reliable contacts, to a degree. With his new partner Stephen, a witty man with parallel values, they skate over thin ice in style. Creating a credible front business, they charm their way into La Paz’s straight and criminal worlds. You meet a range of characters and situations that put you right there with them. Experience the terror of picking up nine kilos of the world’s best Cocaine in La Paz’s shanty town and driving through the police roadblock on the way back to the city.

The joy of watching fist-sized rocks of opalescent crystal crumble in your hand and flutter down onto a growing pile. Walking through the security controls in El Alto, the world’s highest airport and Cocaine hotspot loaded with three kilos in plain sight. While these extraordinary events take place, there are the more everyday challenges of living half a world away from home and partners. In this world so far from South London or Rotterdam with its alien culture and people, the lads learn as much about themselves as they do about the wider world.

Simon McCoy Author
About the Author

Simon McCoy was born in Lambeth, the heart of London’s east end. He became an Essex boy before the Essex girl was invented. Simon joined the merchant navy after being expelled from grammar school at fifteen. Then he jumped ship at seventeen in New Orleans, hitchhiking across hippy America in the early seventies, the original gap year.

Married at nineteen, he got a mortgage, settled down and built a small group of companies in his twenties. The recession of the eighties unsettled him, and he decided the game was rigged.

Simon spent most of the next four decades making up for lost time, having great adventures making and losing obscene amounts of money and searching for happiness in all the wrong places. Married twice with two children, he’s an ordinary bloke who’s led an extraordinary life. They say ‘history is written by the victors’; The ‘To Live Outside the Law’ series is his way to buck the trend.

A practising Buddhist, Simon now lives in the tropics.

Read Chapter One
As the plane descended through the clouds towards “El Alto,” at 4,016 meters in altitude the world’s highest airport, Los Andes laid out its immaculate, white-crystalline welcome mat. Like the Conquistadors before me, I had come to Bolivia to get rich. In my case, by putting my business into other people’s noses and I wasn’t arriving on horseback but a half-empty Aero Lloyd Boliviano 727. The flight to La Paz had been a nervy four-hour journey from Rio. There before me was the first hurdle on this steeplechase, I needed to slide into the country unobserved.

But I am getting ahead of myself; first I had to get in alive. I had chosen my plane seat in Rio only after inspecting the rear toilet facilities thoroughly and with good reason. Aero Lloyd’s safety record had recently hit a deadly speed bump. Last month, one of their 727’s was blown up by terrorist flying from La Paz to Santa Cruz. Narco-terrorists had planted. dynamite in the rear toilet. A one-off or the start of something? Perhaps I was about to find out?


“McCoy is funny, he’s smart, he’s articulate. The book is real eye opener, though surely not beyond a little artistic license. If he is the real deal, which no one is going to dispute he lived a unique life. I am hooked and cannot wait to read the next book.”

Corrine Williams

“This is a hilarious, mind-boggling, fascinating, as memoirs go. His life was colourful which made me want to know more. Highly recommended, whether you particularly care about his subject matter cocaine or not.”

Susan Forgie

“McCoy deliciously blends the intensity of a life on the edge with comedic respite that shows the frivolous nature of being in such a precarious situation. A fascinating insight into the mechanics of a subculture that came to define latin America in the late 20th century.”


“Reading Simon McCoy’s memoir was like being transported from my living room to a world of adventure, danger, and just the right amount of debauchery. I recommend it for anyone looking to escape the ho-hum.”

Gina DiPiero