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Book Review Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright

Langit berawan tebal memenuhi langit La Paz, Bolivia saat Tom Wainwright, 34 tahun bersiap menjelajahi pusat perdagangan kokain dunia. Bersama sang supir yang dipanggil bin Laden-karena jenggot hitamnya yang menjuntai sepanjang enam inci melewati dagunya-menaiki Toyota Land Cruiser bercorak abu gelap, keduanya mulai mendaki dari ketinggian 10.000 hingga 13.000 kaki menuju pegunungan Andes, tiga kali lebih tinggi dari Kathmandu di Himalaya. Mobil mereka melaju membela awan-awan, hingga terkadang sekilas terlihat hamparan salju di sisi lain lembah.
I am. Here in the Andes is where the cocaine trade, a global business worth something like $90 billion a year, has its roots. Cocaine is consumed in every country on earth, but virtually every speck of it starts its life in one of three countries in South America: Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru. The drug, which can be snorted as powder or smoked in the form of crystals of “crack” cocaine, is made from coca plant, a hardy bush that…