SEATTLE -- For the first time we're hearing from Jason Puracal who is on trial in Nicaragua for a crime he says he didn't commit.
The Tacoma native and UW grad fell in love with Nicaragua after serving there in the Peace Corps. He went back to open a real estate office and says never in his wildest dreams did he think he'd be accused of something he didn't do.
It's hard to put into words...it's very tough, said Puracal.
Puracal sits in a dilapidated Nicaraguan prison where he's been for seven months.
They didn't let me call my family. They wouldn't let me call my attorney. They wouldn't tell me why they were there or what they were looking for, said Puracal.
He's now on trial for drug trafficking, accused of using his real estate office to launder drug money.
Puracal is a husband and father who says he has no idea how any of this happened.
It's like something out of a movie. But all you have to do is look at the facts. They're accusing me of international drug trafficking without any drugs and they're accusing me of money laundering without any money, said Puracal.
Brandi Kruse with KIRO-FM radio traveled to Nicaragua and waited six hours outside the courthouse to interview Puracal.
At the beginning of this he had a lot more hope and over time he's kind of lost that hope, said Kruse. He's someone who is relatable, he is very smart. When he looks you in the eye you want to believe him...and it goes back to how calm he was.
Puracal says the only thing keeping him calm in prison are thoughts of his 4-year-old son Jabu, his wife and family who are fighting for his freedom.
My wife continues to suffer emotionally and physically, my sisters work day and night to get me out of here...I love them all, said Puracal.
Day three of Puracal's trial is set for next Tuesday. The judge could give a verdict as early as next week. Puracal faces 30 years in prison if convicted.