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  •  Have you seen the film Cocaine Cowboys? (2+ / 0-)
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    akze29, trueblueliberal

    If this topic interests you, there's a fascinating documentary about Miami is in the crazy drug days. At one point they show a news report that shows a chart the cash reserves of the banks of the miami area and the national average.

    Two former traffickers are interviewed.  One is a half-a-wiseguy from New York and the other is Florida redneck.  They  were strictly transportation and they made a certain amount per kilo delivered, but never "sold" any drugs themselves.

    They mention one small Florida police department who was quite willing to help them load and unload and store their merchandise, a couple of deputes in uniform just loaded it into the back of a cruiser and delivered it where ever they asked.  Later every single member of that police department was arrested on drug charges down to the secretaries.

    •  The DEA Agent in Charge of the task force for (1+ / 0-)
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      Operation Grouper went down shortly after we did. The temptations were too great, the money too good, and, the best part, he got less time than any one he busted (there's this bullshit about "putting a cop in prison is a death sentence, so needs to be avoided").

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:09:15 AM PST

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