Cocaine Cowboys Documentary Analysis

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The Cocaine Cowboys documentary about drugs, more specifically drug use, drug trafficking, drug smuggling and money laundry in the 1960s and onward highlight specific issues the government has with the infamous war on drugs. Since there was no border control or patrol, as stated by the documentary, drugs came in and out of the harbor in Florida. In 1956, Miami was a quiet. The documentary stated that one police car patrolled Miami at night. There was “no money, no buildings, it was like down south”. However, during the 1960s and 70s, Spanish influences increased significantly in Miami. Spanish speaking people and their culture began to shape Miami. Miami went from a quiet “suburban area” to a club and/or party city. It was stated that “everyone …show more content…
Like the war on terrorism, the fight to control these illicit markets pits governments against agile, stateless, and resourceful networks empowered by globalization”. Naím explains how drugs and the sale of drugs can not only affect the people but also the whole society and government. It’s hard to but borders on people that does not have any kind of boundaries. In the Cocaine Cowboys, it started off with two Latina men being shot dead in a liquor store due to cartel activities and everyone knew it was the cocaine boys. Drugs and crime goes hand in hand as explained by John Roberts in the documentary. John Roberts was a coke trafficker and distributed over two billion dollars’ worth of coke for the Medellin Cartel. Roberts explains that he went to Miami when he was 25 years old with only 652 dollars in his pocket. He started trafficking drugs as a means of quick easy money, out of pure necessity. He would sell an ounce of coke for 800 dollars to lawyers and doctors and their friends. He called them “weekend warriors”, they were the people that worked all week but on the weekend from Friday until Sunday they partied hard and did coke. Roberts states, “If your making 10,000 dollars a year you’re doing good. If your making 25,00 dollars a year you’re doing great. I was making 165,000 dollars a year, that’s an eight-year …show more content…
It shows how drugs can change an area known for being quiet to being a party city known for drugs. It also changes people, John Roberts when from only having a couple hundred dollars in his pocket to a multimillionaire and Mickey Munday also became a multimillionaire as well. However, because drugs were good for business and the economy benefited there were some down falls. For instance, the rise of murders quadrupled in addition to Cubans being sent to America. Not to mention the drug overdoses that went from twice a year to twice a week. The War on Drugs need to be revamped and need to be updated, because when opportunity presents itself to these cartels, who’s going to stop

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