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Recounts the cocaine-trafficking activities of Air American employees operating between Columbia and the United States and how Federal agents used inside informants to break the case
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Many recent books have dealt with the cocaine trade; most concentrate on the Colombian drug cartels or the effect of drugs on society. Rice now adds to the literature with a fascinating and detailed account of some white-collar workers in the trade: the pilots of the Air America company who flew cocaine from Colombia to the United States for distribution. These pilots rarely saw the violence or misery cocaine causes in Colombia or on American streets; they only transported the drug, over ten tons of it, and made millions of dollars for themselves. Rice does an excellent job of portraying the people involved--such as Rik Luytjes, head of Air America and sometimes informer for the Drug Enforcement Agency--and shows how their lust for money and excitement turned them first into criminals, then into federal prisoners. A very interesting look at another facet of the drug trade; highly recommended.
-Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From 1980 to 1984, pilots for a Scranton, Pa., aircraft company flew more than $2 billion's worth of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S., earning an estimated $40 million. The freight company was named Air America, conjuring up images of the CIA's Vietnam-era front in Southeast Asia, and leading many to believe that the outfit was affiliated with the government. The pilots, products of upper-middle-class families and college educations, were apprehended when in 1984 one of them, Peter Cooper, became a Drug Enforcement Agency informant. Rice ( The C-5A Scandal ) is particularly effective in his analysis of motives--greed, he asserts, and also a sense of romance and adventure. Alarmingly, the author maintains that few of the pilots feel remorse; if anything, they are indignant at being imprisoned with "criminals." Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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