The gangster warlords of Latin America

Ioan Grillo | GlobalPost
7:59 a.m. EST January 27, 2016

ganster warlords book coverFormer GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo came face-to-face with violent narcos across the Americas for his new book “Gangster Warlords.” The following is an excerpt based on his reporting in Brazil.

“Cocaina,” the bony teenager calls out, standing on a dirt street behind a table that displays baggies of white powder with price tags. Besides the cocaine are packets of compressed marijuana and rocks of crack. A steady stream of customers pay for the goodies with crumpled Brazilian real bills. There are bags for four dollars, eight dollars, sixteen dollars; all budgets and tastes catered to here.

A dozen yards away, two guys drive up on a motor cycle. The one on the back has an AR-15 assault rifle with a grenade launcher strapped to his shoulder. He makes no effort to hide the weapon. This is their territory. Police only come into this favela in heavily armed convoys, which normally gives enough time for the dealers to run — or shoot at them.

Read more here:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/01/27/gangster-warlords-latin-america/79391870/

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