Aaron Reed accepted an International teaching position at a prestigious prep school in S.E. Asia, and in 2006, he and his wife relocated their lives to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Soon after the birth of his daughter in 2009, he found himself swallowed into the belly of the city's drug scene with a raging meth addiction. Within months he was recruited as a drug mule working for both the Nigerian and Khmer cartels, running kilos from S. America to S.E. Asia to support his habit. He lost his job, his wife and his child. In Bogota, 2015, he was finally arrested while muling three kilos onto a plane and was thrown into Colombia's most feared and treacherous prison.
The prison experience proved to be the worst and best experience of his life. He has been sober since 2016 and has since published a true crime novel, "Another in the Fire", detailing both his downward spiral into addiction and his road to recovery.