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Millionaire's Nose Collapses From Cocaine Use

A jail-bound British property developer retired at 36, then filled his free time with the drug.

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By McCarton Ackerman

09/26/12

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Need proof of the damaging effects of cocaine? Look no further than the face of British millionaire James Brown. Brown was such a success as a property developer that he was able to retire to Portugal at the age of 36. Nine years later, his nose collapsed from excessive cocaine use and he's been sentenced to five years in prison, after a haul of the drug worth over $286,000 was found hidden in the air vents and folding roof of his luxury Bentley. Police also discovered a cache of illegal weapons and ammunition in his hotel room. In retirement, the London native's cocaine habit led to heart problems, as well as the severe deformity of his nose, caused by the drug eating away at the cartilage of his septum. It also led to extreme paranoia about his personal safety—hence the acquirement of the illegal guns. Brown's attorney John Hipkin says the money for his drug use came from "legitimate means" but clarified that "he'll never return to that form of lifestyle again."

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