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How the Colombia cocaine cartels
made the California connection

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Stolen cars
Peruvian cocaine
New Cali cartel
Bahamas connection
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Nicaragua to California

Mid-to-late 1970s: Peruvian cocaine

Peruvian cocaine was smuggled to Panama, secreted in suitcases and shoes with false bottoms and carried into the U.S. by airline passengers. Points of entry included San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and New Orleans.

Map by Staff Artist Pai Wei

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