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No longer is it primarily an exotic and ballyhooed indulgence of high-gloss entrepreneurs. Hollywood types and high rollers, as it was only three or four years ago – the most conspicuous of consumptions, to be sniffed from the most chic of coffee tables through crisp, rolled-up $100 bills. Today, in part precisely because it is such an emblem of wealth and status, coke is the drug of choice for perhaps millions of solid, conventional and often upwardly mobile citizens. Time magazine, July 1981
I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn’t go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar. Boris Johnson, Evening Standard 17 October 2004
I started taking cocaine and drink ... I turned into a babbling fucking wreck. Damien Hirst, On the Way to Work 2001
An ex-British colony. It’s only a small country but it plays a significant part in the international multi-billion-dollar business of cocaine smuggling. Ross Kemp on Gangs s4e3: Belize, Sky 2008
Belize has become a central part of the narcotics highway. ibid.
Belize City, home to some three thousand gangsters ... population of just sixty-nine thousand. ibid.
Belize is a city on the verge of anarchy. ibid.
There are twenty-three gangs in this small city. ibid.
The police coastguard have eight boats to create a deterrent. ibid.
Dog Pound are aptly named because of their reputation for biting their enemies. ibid.
One of the most feared gangs in Belize City: George Street. ibid.
Los Solidas’ biggest money-maker though was the sale of cocaine and crack. Gangland s3e4: Blood in the Streets, History 2008
There’s a new front line in the War against organised crime: in southern Italy’s rugged highlands a previously unknown criminal group meets ... Europe’s biggest cocaine traffickers. John Dickie, This World: The Mafia’s Secret Bunkers, BBC 2013
Cornell also began to develop a market for an uptown drug: cocaine. American Gangster s3e4: Cornell Jones, BET 2008
Hanover Place became known as DC’s first open-air market for cocaine 24/7. ibid.
A little coke money doesn’t hurt nobody. Scarface 1983 ***** starring Al Pacino & Michelle Pfeiffer & Steven Bauer & Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio & Robert Loggia & Miria Colon & F Murray Abraham et al, director Brian de Palma, Chico to Tony
This is Grade A 100% pure Colombian cocaine, ladies and gentlemen. Blow 2001 starring Johnny Depp & Jesse James & Penelope Cruz & Franka Potente & Rachel Griffiths & Paul Reubens & Jordi Molla & Cliff Curtis & Max Perlich et al, director Ted Demme, opening remarks
Senor Pablo Escobar – for those of you living on the moon for the last twenty years he was it, the boss of it all. ibid. George
Cocaine exploded upon the American culture like an atomic bomb. ibid.
I snorted ten grams in ten minutes once. ibid.
By 1987 London was covered in a white blanket. The Business 2005 starring Danny Dyer & Tamer Hassan & Geoff Bell & Georgina Chapman & Linda Henry & Roland Manookian & Camille Coduri & Andy Parfitt et al, director Nick Love
We’re now partners. Cocaine straight to Hong Kong from now on. Infernal Affairs II 2003 starring Anthony Wong & Eric Tsang & Carina Lau & Francis Ng & Edison Chen & Shawn Yeu & Hu Jun & Joe Cheung & Arthur Wong & Teddy Chan et al, directors Andrew Lau & Alan Mak, Thai guy to Hon Sam
I’m not a gangster; I’m a businessman whose commodity happens to be cocaine. Layer Cake 2004 starring Daniel Craig & Colm Meaney & Kenneth Cranham & George Harris & Jamie Foreman & Sienna Miller & Michael Gambon & Marcel Iures & Tom Hardy & Tamer Hassan & Ben Whishaw & Burn Gorman et al, director Matthew Vaughn
Cocaine is America’s cup of coffee. Blood In, Blood Out 1993 starring Damian Chapa & Jesse Borrego & Benjamin Bratt & Enrique Castillo & Delroy Lindo & Victor Rivers & Geoffrey Rivas & Tom Towles & Carlos Carrasco et al, director Taylor Hackford, inmate
The big bucks are in drugs. Especially in selling coke. Cidade De Deus 2002 [City of God] starring Alexandre Rodrigues & Leandro Firmino & Phellipe Haagensen & Douglas Silva & Jonathan Haagensen & Matheus Nachtergaele & Seu Jorge & Alice Braga et al, directors Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund
The business now belongs to Li’l Ze. And that we’ll be selling coke. ibid. Li’l Ze takes over
The City teemed with addicts and Li’l Ze grew rich. ibid.
After three hours I gave up my career as a rapper and went back to selling Coke … it was like minimum wage. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 2005 starring Curtis 50 Cent Jackson & Marc John Jefferies & Terrence Howard & Joy Bryant & Omar Benson Miller & Bill Duke & Viola Davis et al, director Jim Sheridan
I think I’ll put some powder on my nose. Farewell, My Lovely aka Murder, My Sweet 1944 starring Dick Powell & Claire Trevor & Anne Shirley & Otto Kruger & Miles Mander & Mike Mazurki & Douglas Walton & Ralf Harolde & Esther Howard & Ernie Adams et al, director Edward Dmytryk, client to Marlowe at club
Hey, Frank, how’s the cocaine business? Oh that’s right, you’re not a drug dealer, you’re an importer. Murphy’s Law 1986 starring Charles Bronson & Carrie Snodgress & Robert F Lyons & Kathleen Wilhoite & Angel Tompkins & Janet MacLachlan & Lawrence Tierney & Richard Romanus et al, director J Lee Thompson, Bronson to geezer in restaurant
Cocaine and nicotine – New World substances – found in Egyptian mummies from 1000 A.D. Who Really Discovered America? History 2010
The CIA – the Cocaine Import Agency. Meria Heller
The main reason the CIA deals drugs is to support the US economy. Mike Ruppert, The Truth and Lies of 9/11
Castillo documented CIA drug smuggling in DEA records in 1985-6. He was told to ‘leave it alone; it’s a White House operation’. ibid.
[Colonel James E] Sabow was murdered on 22nd January 1991 after discovering CIA C-130s flying cocaine onto the base [El Toro Marine Station]. ibid.
For the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of LA and funnelled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the CIA. The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America. It is one of the most bizarre alliances in modern history – the union of a US-backed army attempting to overthrow a socialist government and the Uzi-toting gangstas of Los Angeles. Gary Webb
The connections piled up quickly. Contra planes flew north to the US loaded with cocaine, then returned laden with cash. All under the protective umbrella of the United States Government. My informants were perfectly placed: one worked with the Contra pilots at their base, while another moved easily among the Salvadoran military officials who protected the resupply operation. They fed me the names of Contra pilots. Again and again, those names showed up in the DEA database as documented drug traffickers.
When I pursued the case, my superiors quietly and firmly advised me to move on to other investigations. Celerino Castillo, DEA agent, Powder Burns, 1992