Reefer Men : The Rise and Fall of a Billionaire Drug Ring, Paperback

Reefer Men : The Rise and Fall of a Billionaire Drug Ring Paperback

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This is the story of an international group of drug smugglers, their criminal success and the hunt to bring them to justice.

There were sixteen of them, from America, Britain, Australia and Thailand, and together they were called 'The Ring'.

They first began exporting marijuana in the aftermath of the Vietnam war, and over the years they smuggled vast shipments into the USA and Europe, becoming multi-millionaires in the process.

In 1988, they decided to carry out one final heist that would ensure they could retire forever. However, they were intercepted by the police, and the key Ring members all had to flee to avoid being arrested.

With unlimited money at their disposal and contacts in all parts of the globe, they were the ultimate fugitives.

Tracking them down would call for a fifteen-year international manhunt.

Tony Thompson describes their rise, fall and eventual capture in a thrilling, fast-paced true crime adventure.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9780340899359



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A loosely-knit group of smugglers, mainly from the U.S., U.K., Australia, imported over a billion dollars’ worth of Thai marijuana to the U.S. from the 1970s through the 1990s. Known as “The Ring,” they started as a small group of friends in California and expanded over the years until they were bringing in up to 42 ton loads in specially outfitted ships.This is a thoroughly researched book that covers a lot of ground and time. From the U.S. to Thailand, Europe and other parts of the world, Tony Thompson tells of the growing, transporting, selling, successes and failures. Eventually the stories turn to the law enforcement efforts against the group, the conflicts over money and deals gone bad, and the arrests, eventual cooperation and many group members going on the run.A fast moving book that’s even more interesting for being true.

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