Narcotopia

In Search of the Asian Drug Cartel That Survived the CIA

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Pub Date 30 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 29 Jan 2024

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The gripping true story of an indigenous people running the world’s mightiest narco-state—and America’s struggle to thwart them. 
 
In Asia’s narcotics-producing heartland, the Wa reign supreme. They dominate the Golden Triangle, a mountainous stretch of Burma between Thailand and China. Their 30,000-strong army, wielding missiles and attack drones, makes Mexican cartels look like street gangs.
 
Wa moguls are unrivaled in the region’s $60 billion meth trade and infamous for mass-producing pink, vanilla-scented speed pills. Drugs finance Wa State, a bona fide nation with its own laws, anthems, schools, and electricity grid. Though revered by their people, Wa leaders are scorned by US policymakers as vicious “kingpins” who “poison our society for profit.”
 
In Narcotopia, award-winning journalist Patrick Winn uncovers the truth behind Asia’s top drug-trafficking organization, as told by a Wa commander turned DEA informant. This gripping narrative shreds drug war myths and leads to a chilling revelation: the Wa syndicate’s origins are smudged with CIA fingerprints.
 
This is a saga of native people tapping the power of narcotics to create a nation where there was none before — and covert US intelligence operations gone wrong.
 
 
The gripping true story of an indigenous people running the world’s mightiest narco-state—and America’s struggle to thwart them. 
 
In Asia’s narcotics-producing heartland, the Wa reign supreme. They...

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