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

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"Drug Lord is the real thing. Raw, immediate, indispensable."—Don Winslow, author of The Power of Dog and California Fire and Life

"The [drug smuggling] business goes on, the slaughtered dead pile up, the US agencies continue to ratchet up their budgets, the prisons grow larger and all the real rules of the game are in this book, some kind of masterpiece."—Charles Bowden, from the introduction

"Pablo Acosta was a living legend in his Mexican border town of Ojinaga. He smuggled tremendous amounts of drugs into the United States; he survived numerous attempts on his power—and his life—by rivals; and he blessed the town with charity and civic improvements. He was finally slain in 1987 during a raid by Mexican officials with the cooperation of US law enforcement. Poppa has turned out a detailed and exciting book, covering in depth Acosta's life; the other drug factions that battled with him; the village of Ojinaga; and the logistics of the drug operation. The result is a nonfiction account with enough greed, treachery, shoot-outs, and government corruption to fascinate true crime and crime fiction readers alike. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

Terrence E. Poppa, an award-winning journalist, was a finalist for a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his investigations into the connection between crime and government in Mexico. He was featured in Standoff in Mexico, a PBS production about fraudulent elections in Mexico. Due to his unique insights into the world of Mexican drug trafficking, Poppa has been widely interviewed on radio and television, including Larry King Live and The O'Reilly Factor.


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Drug Lord was first published in 1990. The new version is an essential update with never before published information about Pablo Acosta's partner, Amado Carrillo Fuentes. Carrillo Fuentes, the infamous "Lord of the Skies," took over where Acosta left off and built the greatest narcotics smuggling organization ever in the Western Hemisphere. The new version, about 100 pages longer than the original work, also tracks the career of the fearsome Comandante Calderoni, the Mexican federal police commander who killed Acosta. Calderoni later defected to the United States, gaining asylum here after spilling his guts to the FBI about the involvement of the Mexican presidential family in drug trafficking.

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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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