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NCJ Number: 119381 Find in a Library
Title: Kings of Cocaine
Author(s): G Gugliotta; J Leen
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 389
Sponsoring Agency: Simon and Schuster
New York, NY 10020
Publication Number: ISBN 0-671-64957-4
Sale Source: Simon and Schuster
Publicity Manager
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book traces America's cocaine epidemic back to its chief source -- the Colombian drug-smuggling group known as the Medellin cartel -- chronicling its evolution and profiling its leaders.
Abstract: Evolving from a small group of young Medellin street thugs, the cartel has come to control more than half of the world's cocaine supply. This book examines the multinational network that has saturated the United States with cocaine, rocked Colombia's government, and sown corruption throughout Latin America. Based on firsthand reporting inside Colombia and sources within the cartel itself, chapters recount the cartel's escalating violence in an attempt to eliminate its enemies, including Colombia's justice minister, antidrug police commander, a dozen Supreme Court justices, and Barry Seal, the most important informant in the history of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The book also profiles the DEA agents and Colombian police who battle the cartel. Chapter notes, subject index. (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Cocaine; Drug smuggling
Index Term(s): Colombia; Economic influences; South America
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