Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South Americas Strangest Jail by Rusty YoungRusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivias notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the young Australian journalisted went to La Paz and joined one of Thomass illegal tours. They formed an instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomass experiences in the jail. Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time. The result is Marching Powder.
This book establishes that San Pedro is not your average prison. Inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants. Women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments, while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation. Violence is a constant threat, and sections of San Pedro that echo with the sound of children by day house some of Bolivias busiest cocaine laboratories by night. In San Pedro, cocaine--Bolivian marching powder--makes life bearable. Even the prison cat is addicted.
Yet Marching Powder is also the tale of friendship, a place where horror is countered by humor and cruelty and compassion can inhabit the same cell. This is cutting-edge travel-writing and a fascinating account of infiltration into the South American drug culture.
Peruvian Prison Nightmare
Sign in. Get a quick look at the the week's trailers, including Villains , Countdown , Like a Boss , and more. Watch now. Title: Peruvian Prison Nightmare 24 Jul Californian Tom Hanway takes the hippie trail to South America where cocaine is cheap and available. He plans to take hits of LSD with him and trade it for a kilo of coke which he'll bring back to the States.
Krista and her friend Jennifer had originally met through a friend who ran a modeling agency. They wanted us to bring something, a little bit of cocaine. I was scared to death. The Oscar-winning film Midnight Express, told the story of year-old college student Billy Hayes, his imprisonment for drug smuggling and his escape from the infamous Turkish Sagmalcilar prison in Istanbul. However, neither the film nor the book authored by Hayes, was completely accurate. As part of the National Geographic series, Haynes is able to tell the full story of his imprisonment and eventual escape. Not in Turkey, not in Peru and not in Bangladesh.
February 18, When two Peruvian men asked Krista Barnes and Jennifer Davis if they wanted to go to Peru to pick up some cocaine, the Los Angeles roommates thought it sounded like an easy way to make money. And they were told nothing would happen. But things didn't go as promised. On their way back to the States, moments after arriving at the Lima airport, they were detained by customs officials who used knives to tear through the false bottoms of their suitcases, revealing their secret cargo. Since then, their week-long trip to Peru has turned into a month incarceration in an overcrowded women's prison on the outskirts of Lima, where they are still waiting to be sentenced.