Drug Lord: The Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin : a True Story

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Demand Publications, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages
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Pablo Acosta, born in abject poverty in Mexico, became drug czar of Ojinaga across the border from the Big Bend country of Texas. He launched his career by smuggling marijuana and heroin into the U.S., later adding cocaine, and forging an alliance with Columbian drug traders. At the peak, he may have controlled 60% of the coke trafficked into the U.S., according to Poppa. The author shows that Acosta consolidated his power by murdering rivals, corrupting local police and soldiers, distributing money to the poor and contributing generously to civic projects. Eventually, however, he became a coke addict; his iron entrepreneurial grip slipped; and he was tracked down and killed in 1987 by an international narcotic strike force. Poppa interviewed the drug lord in 1986 for the El Paso Herald-Post and bases this enlightening book in part on those talks.

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User Review  - Nate Hendrix - Goodreads

This chronicles the rise and death of a Mexican drug lord. It is entertaining and educational. It is interesting to read about how easy it was to bring drugs and people into the US from Mexico. 9/11 changed a lot of that. Read full review

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User Review  - Beth Morgan - Goodreads

For anyone who is interested in learning what the drug trade in Mexico, this is highly recommended reading. Very thoroughly researched. Read full review


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Terrence E. Poppa is an award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist who owns and operates a private investigative agency. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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