The Bullet Or the Bribe: Taking Down Colombia's Cali Drug Cartel

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 M10 30 - 320 páginas

For more than 20 years, the Cali cartel saturated U.S. streets with cocaine, ruining neighborhoods and lives while reaping millions in cash. Efforts to combat the influx of drugs from Colombia were often stymied by the careful organization and execution of the drug trade. Through the use of bribery, terrorist structures, and legitimate business practices, the cartel rose to become a serious threat to Colombian society's fragile stability, while providing over 70% of the world's cocaine to various markets. It took more than two decades and a global effort, spearheaded by U.S. law enforcement, to topple this notorious criminal organization.

The rise and fall of one of Colombia's most notorious drug cartels is a story of how organized crime can function at the most sophisticated levels, yet still be taken down by the very forces it seeks to evade. This book vividly examines the Cali Cartel, providing unique insight into the history of international trafficking, organized crime, and U.S. drug policy. Relying on first hand accounts, interviews, and DEA records, Chepesiuk brings the story to life, illustrating how drug traffickers operate and why they are so difficult to stop. In detailing law enforcement's biggest takedown, this book describes how such transnational criminal organizations must be dismantled, and why drug trafficking continues to be an important problem in the United States. The fall of the cartel also provides lessons for law enforcement efforts to combat terrorists and other formidable criminal organizations.

 

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Contenido

Getting Started
17
New York New York
31
Chepe Does His Thing
45
Growing the Criminal Enterprise
59
Heating Up
75
Dirty Laundry
93
Going Multinational
109
The War of the Cartels
123
Submission to Justice
173
The Narco Cassette Scandal
187
A Man of Peace
199
Exit the Senor
215
Takedown
233
The Epilogue
251
What Goes Around
253
A Chronology of the Cali Cartel
265

Exit the King
141
The Fall
155
Breakthrough
157
Selected Bibliography
271
Index
285
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Página ix - Acknowledgments A book of this scope could not have been completed without the help of many individuals who stepped forward and generously provided their time, resources, and sage advice.

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RON CHEPESIUK is the author of 18 books including Hard Target: The U.S.'s War with International Drug Trafficking, 1982-1997 and War on Drugs: An International Encyclopedia. He has also published more than 2,000 newspaper and magazine articles that have appeared in such publications as USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Modern Maturity, and others. He is a Fulbright Scholar and teaches writing in the Journalism Program for the Extension Division of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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