When entrepreneur Louis Ziskin says, “My best days are in front of me,” he’s not kidding. Ziskin had spectacularly built an eight-figure business in a scant four years and then lost it all in an instant. A crafty, highly capable businessman in the wrong game, he was busted for the largest-ever U.S. government seizure of the drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, more commonly known as Ecstasy.

In 2001, Ziskin and two associates were convicted on charges of smuggling millions of doses of Ecstasy, which they had acquired in Europe and shipped by overnight courier to Los Angeles. Following the verdict, he was incarcerated for 12 years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lompoc, Calif....

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