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How the Colombia cocaine cartels
made the California connection

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Bahamas connection
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Nicaragua to California

Early 1980s: Bahamas connection

Cocaine was flown from Colombia to the Bahamas, where it was loaded aboard small planes and flown into Miami. From there, couriers took it to California aboard commercial airliners.

Map by Staff Artist Pai Wei

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