THE CANDY MACHINE
by Tom Feiling
Gabrielle unwinds at weekends with a line of coke - and also works for a major police force. Juan Pablo is a drugs mule in Bogotá who gets his stash from a sweathouse. Belica started picking coca when she was eleven. Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore, thinks legalization’s the only way…
Cocaine is big business. Governments spend millions on an unwinnable war against it, yet it’s now the drug of choice in the West. How did the cocaine economy get so huge? Who keeps it running behind the scenes?
In The Candy Machine Tom Feiling travels the trade routes from Colombia via Miami, Kingston and Tijuana to London and New York. He meets Medellín hitmen, US kingpins, British crack users and Brazilian traffickers, and talks to the soldiers and narcotics officers who fight the gangs.