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Avoid all needle drugs. The only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon. Abbie Hoffman
‘I do think that most Americans would be utterly shocked if they knew the depth of involvement that the Central Intelligence Agency has had in the international drug trade.’ America’s War on Drugs I a/s Secret War on Drugs, History 2017
September 1960: 11 years before America’s War on Drugs was declared the story began here in Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel, a favourite spot for one of the era’s most notorious gangsters – Santo Trafficante … he was there to meet with two CIA operatives. ibid.
The CIA undertakes extortion, kidnapping, torture, even murder, plotting assassinations and coups in Iran, Indonesia, the Congo, Guatemala, and now Cuba where the Mafia are their natural partners. ibid.
The CIA has just authorised the purchase of ten kilograms of pure LSD25, enough to dose over half the population of the United States. ibid.
Over the next ten years the Agency doses a cross-section of the American public. ibid.
In south-east Asia a covert CIA war will fuel a new drug epidemic: heroin. ibid.
By 1970 New York City alone will have over 200,000 heroin addicts. ibid.
The Weather Underground breaks Timothy Leary out of prison. ibid.
1969: Nixon’s drug-control budget: $81 million; 1974: Nixon’s drug-control budget: $760 million. ibid.
The French Connection heroin robbery remains the single largest theft in American history and it was done by the police themselves. ibid.
The story of how cocaine took America by storm starts here in a Connecticut federal prison where this man is locked up for car theft: Carlos Lehder … Lehder’s cellmate is an American with a passion for aviation, George Jung, a hippy misfit who specialised in smuggling marijuana from Mexico to the US on small planes. America’s War on Drugs II: Cocaine, Cartels & Crackdowns
Medellin: the home of the man of whom Carlos Lehder and George Jung would revolutionise the cocaine trade: Pablo Escobar Gaviria. ibid.
Lehder is bringing in [Bahamas] $20 million a month. ibid.
Carlos Lehder is now head of logistics for Pablo Escobar. ibid.
‘Pablo Escobar was just a customer of Roberto Suarez.’ ibid. undercover agent
Barbie began working for Roberto Suarez. ibid.
Miami starts to look like an occupied zone. ibid.
Barry Seal: a legend in the world of drug-smuggling … ‘He would smuggle weapons for the CIA; he would fly drugs for cartels.’ ibid.
A small airport in city of Mena, Arkansas. ibid.
CIA contract pilots illegally arming the Contras …also smuggling cocaine to help the cause. ibid.
Under these new sentencing guidelines five grams of crack cocaine, often sold by and to African Americans, carried a mandatory five-year sentence; for powdered cocaine, often sold by and to white Americans, it would take one hundred times that amount for the same sentence. ibid
It’s been 18 years since the war on drugs was declared. Newly elected president George H W Bush has been in office seven months when he addresses the nation live on TV. America’s War on Drugs III: Gangs, Prisons & Meth Queens
1989: US cocaine market from Mexico: 30%; 1999: US cocaine market from Mexico 85%. ibid.
In the early 1990s crack cocaine is devastating America’s inner cities. But in the heartland another drug [Meth], just as powerful, is quietly gaining popularity. ibid.
The most famous drug lord in history goes down for good. ibid.
Heroin chic takes hold. ibid.
‘The war on drugs has perpetuated itself.’ ibid.
It’s been nearly thirty years since Richard Nixon declared the war on drugs. But nearly sixteen million Americas are regularly getting high on illegal narcotics each month. America’s War on Drugs IV: Heroin, Terrorists and Kings of Pain
As Afghan heroin floods the market, back at home the Bush administration pushes through a new anti-terror law that’ll change the face of the domestic war on drugs. ibid.
2001 Afghan opium production: 185 tons; 2011 Afghan opium production 5,800 tons = 3,000% increase. ibid.
After going for the border crossings in the west and east, Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel has come for the ultimate prize: Juarez. ibid.
The pharmaceutical industry also known as Big Pharma – they have hundreds of thousands of doctors on their payroll. In the last decade they’ve spent over $2 billion on lobbying … $3 billion is spend on drug ads each year. ibid.
The doctors were pushing Oxycontin also known as Oxycodone. ibid.
Copy-cat pain clinics began to pop up. ibid.
Drug lords in Afghanistan and Mexico are poised to meet the demand. And epidemic is coming: heroin. ibid.
Drugs stink. Hang ’em high for a clean-living land. Bob Roberts 1992 starring Tim Robbins & Giancarlo Esposito & Ray Wise & Gore Vidal & John Cusack & Peter Gallagher & Alan Rickman & Susan Sarandon & James Spader & Fred Ward & Brian Murray et al, director Tim Robbins, folk song lyrics
I’ve come to the Philippines in south-east Asia to investigate the world’s bloodiest war on drugs. I’ve joined the night shift with some local journalists in the capital Manila. Livvy Haydock, Deadliest Place to Deal, BBC 2017
This time it’s a homeless drug user who’s been shot dead. ibid.
In the past eight months over seven thousand people have been killed in the Philippines. ibid.
‘My campaign against drugs will not stop.’ ibid. president
Drug users and pushers were given an ultimatum by the authorities – surrender or die. ibid.
‘He’s such a monster; he’s a psycho.’ ibid. opposition politician re president
There are many stories of people exploiting this drugs war to frame their enemies. ibid.
They destroy families, ruin lives and they threaten the very fabric of our society. But just who or what is the real enemy in the war against drugs? Is it the user, the dealer, or is it our own government? America’s Book of Secrets s2e8: Drug Wars, History 2013
Mexico is at war with itself. The country is being torn apart by cartels fighting over the $30 billion drug trade. Acapulco was once a glamorous holiday paradise; now, it’s the fourth most violent city in the world. A place where a thousand people were murdered last year alone. Now the army has been deployed on the streets. Reggie Yates, The Insider: Inside a Mexican Drug War, BBC 2016
‘Hepburn Road: They call it Crack Alley.’ Drugsland s1e1: Crack Alley, rozzer, BBC 2017
‘I’ve been around crack and heroin since I was 15.’ ibid. addict
‘2,700 crimes reported in the area.’ ibid. rozzer
‘That’s a bad habit; that’s an expensive habit.’ Drugsland s1e2: Heroin Love Story ***** addict
‘Making money – go to score – do the drugs.’ ibid.