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Trafficking: The Boom and Bust of the Air America Cocaine Ring Paperback – April 1, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But it wasn't paying the bills. And as the owner of the company discovered more and more of his planes getting busted for drug runs, he also started getting visits from the DEA. He learned to play both sides, turning in the dead-beat drug smugglers he had for customers that weren't paying him his money, and keeping silent about the others they did pay on time, and would also give them tips if DEA came asking about his good customers.
It's unclear if Rik ever intended to get into the drug business, but when debts kept piling up, he was perfectly set up to do so, he just needed the right connection to get him started. Eventually one of his grateful customers decided to retire smuggling cocaine in from South America, and to show Rik how much he appreciated his service, introduced him to his connections. The Columbians loved Rik and his planes. They were always on time, and not breaking down like so many of the worn out Dixie cup planes that pilots would use just once then throw them away.
Rik revolutionized drug smuggling into this country using his planes. It used to be in the seventies, planes were barely making it back to the southern shores of TX, LA, FL, AL, GA before running out of gas, and sometimes crashing short of their destination. No so with Rik's planes, they were going up to NY or PA and coming in that way. Nobody had a clue.
His once legitimate company became a front for a clandestine cocaine drug smuggling operation with each trip of 300 kilos of cocaine earning him 1.5 million dollars. Towards the ends his company still dabbled a bit in aircraft for legitimate purposes and to launder its money, but its true source of the majority of income in later years owed all of its success to the drug smuggling. And with superb airplanes professionally retrofitted, it was quite all too easy to do, even for average pilots.
By far the most fascinating drug smuggling book I ever read. Perhaps it shared too much information on how to do it. As a pilot, I found it contained a lot of interesting navigational facts with information on how to avoid radar, and little tips on how to disguise your flight, etc. Some of it was just good ole common sense.
No wonder this book commands such a high price on the used-book market. Even if one doesn't ever intend to do anything similar, I certainly don't, but it'll still have you daydreaming about the possibilities.
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