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  • Higdon, James, III, author.
     
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  • Drug dealers -- Kentucky.
     
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  • Drug traffic -- United States.
     
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  • Marijuana -- Kentucky.
     
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  • Marijuana -- United States.
     
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    The Cornbread Mafia : a homegrown syndicate's code of silence and the biggest marijuana bust in American history / James Higdon.
    by Higdon, James, III, author.
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    Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Incorporated, [2019]
    Subjects
  • Drug dealers -- Kentucky.
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  • Drug traffic -- United States.
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  • Marijuana -- Kentucky.
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  • Marijuana -- United States.
  • ISBN: 
    9781493038497 (paperback)
    1493038494 (paperback)
    Description: 
    xxv, 387 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
    Contents: 
    Preface: -- Tina tells Ike: "it's gonna work out fine" -- Part I: -- 1. A county is born: Catholic migration, the Civil War, Prohibition and John Dillinger -- 2. The hot air-conditioner incident, the Lebanese mayor of Lebanon and the killing of Charlie Stiles -- 3. The dark side of cornbread, starring Garland Russell -- 4. "This is some absolutely dynamite pot here," the police said -- 5. Cornbread in the Tropics, the cops don't trust the DEA and Jimmy Bickett sees Johnny Boone on television -- 6. Growers versus the Drought of 1983, a rash of Raywick killings and a drug investigation gone wrong -- Part II: -- 7. How the Jesuit College at St. Mary's became the first private prison in America -- 8. Johnny Boone becomes "Mr. Grass" -- 9. The DEA wants to know, "where did you get this lion?" -- 10. "The Cornbread" press conference -- 11. "Welcome to the gladiator arena" -- 12. The US Marshals versus James Higdon - 13. Le fugitif Américain.
    Summary: 
    In the summer of 1987, Johnny Boone set out to grow and harvest one of the greatest outdoor marijuana crops in modern times. In doing so, he set into motion a series of events that defined him and his associates as the largest homegrown marijuana syndicate in American history, also known as the Cornbread Mafia. Author James Higdon--whose relationship with Johnny Boone made him the first journalist subpoenaed under the Obama administration--takes readers back to the 1970s and '80s and the clash between federal and local law enforcement and a band of Kentucky farmers with moonshine and pride in their bloodlines. By 1989 the task force assigned to take down men like Johnny Boone had arrested sixty-nine men and one woman from busts on twenty-nine farms in ten states, and seized two hundred tons of pot. Of the seventy individuals arrested, zero talked. How it all went down is a tale of Mafia-style storylines emanating from the Bluegrass State, and populated by Vietnam veterans and weed-loving characters caught up in Tarantino-level violence and heart-breaking altruism. Accompanied by a soundtrack of rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues, this work of dogged investigative journalism and history is told by Higdon in action-packed, colorful and riveting detail. (Publisher)
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    "The full, updated story including the capture and sentencing of Johnny Boone!"--Cover.
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