Dark Alliance by Gary Stephen Webb

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In 1996, Gary Stephen Webb was best known for his three part article series, Dark Alliance. Webb exposed The Central Intelligence Agency’s (C.I.A.) drug trafficking operations. These articles were first written for the San Jose Mercury News before later being published into a book. Webb discovered a drug operation between a California drug ring, the C.I.A., and the Nicaraguan Contras. Evidence showed that the C.I.A. had direct contact with smugglers, knowing that the profits being made from the drugs were used to purchase equipment for the Nicaraguan Contras. The San Francisco Bay Area drug ring had tons of cocaine, which they turned into crack cocaine. Crack cocaine was a cheaper version of the drug that was highly addictive. This more affordable drug was distributed to the Los Angeles street gangs by drug dealer, Ricky Donnell Ross better known by his nickname, “Freeway Ricky.” They then sold the product to people in the black communities. By 1994, Freeway Ricky was known as the master marketer mainly responsible for flooding the streets of L.A. with cocaine. Today, Los Angeles is known as the “crack” capital of the world.
Juan Norwin Meneses Cantarero was the head boss over the Bay Area drug ring. Meneses owned a home, bars, restaurants, a car lot, and factories. Though he was never imprisoned, the federal government knew about his drug dealings. In 1996, Meneses was arrested by Nicaraguan police on cocaine charges in Managua. In the series, Gary Webb focused mainly on
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