Druglord: The Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 Colombian 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. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
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 U.S. law enforcement. Poppa, a news reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work on this story, 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.-- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780886875619
  • Publisher: World Almanac Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Pages: 320

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    Highly recommend!!!!

    This book in unbelievable. I read this 500+page book in three-days. I can't wait for Terrence Poppa's next book. I felt as if I was watching every gun battle described in the book. Pablo Acosta is the Mexican version of John Gotti.

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