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How the Colombia cocaine cartels
made the California connection

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Late 1970s to 1983: New Cali cartel

Cocaine from the new Cali cartel in Colombia was loaded onto freighters owned by the Gran Colombia line. The freighters were offloaded in the ports of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

Map by Staff Artist Pai Wei


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