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How the Colombia cocaine cartels
made the California connection

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Stolen cars
Peruvian cocaine
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Nicaragua to California
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Mid-1970s: Stolen cars

Luxury cars stolen in California were driven to Nicaragua, where they were officially imported by the Nicaraguan military to avoid stiff excise taxes, and sold to wealthy Managuans.

Map by Staff Artist Pai Wei


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