John Sweeney

Narco-Millions

The Candy Machine: How Cocaine Took Over the World

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Sir Keith Morris, who was Her Majesty’s man in Bogotá when Pablo Escobar went to spend more time with Santa Muerta (Holy Death) in 1993, put it like this: 

I started to have my doubts immediately after Escobar was killed, when the American machine went into briefing us that ‘We’ve got rid of Escobar, but just as much cocaine is coming out of Colombia, so let’s go on to Cali.’ All these people had died, and Escobar had been killed, but if that effort hadn’t had any effect on the cocaine business, this suggested that it was all much more complicated. 

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