Smuggler's Blues - A True Story of the Hippie Mafia
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
This gripping and trippy true account of international drug smuggling, the hippie underground, and the war on marijuana is a “wild, entertaining ride” (Kirkus Reviews). Richard Stratton was not what most people would think as a drug kingpin. He was a clean-cut young man from Wellesley who came from a normal, middle-class family. That all changed when, on a trip to Mexico, his search for a joint led to him smuggling two kilos of dope across the border in his car door. And with that successful deal, Stratton became a member of what came to be known as the Hippie Mafia. He was a new breed of criminal: travelling the world to keep America high, living the underground life while embracing the hippie credo, and rejecting hard drugs in favor of marijuana and hashish. His adventures sent him from New York’s Plaza Hotel to Lebanon’s war-torn Bekaa Valley and beyond, sourcing and smuggling high-grade hash and coming face to face with celebrities like Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Norman Mailer, as well as cold-blooded killers like the infamous mob boss Whitey Bulger. All the while, Stratton was tailed by his relentless nemesis—a philosophical DEA agent who actually respected Stratton for his good business practices. A true-crime story that reads like fiction, Smuggler’s Blues brings to vivid life an important chapter in pot’s cultural history, and is sure to “get under your skin, enter your blood stream, and mess with your head” (T. J. English, New York Times–bestselling author of The Savage City).
Available since: 04/05/2016.
Print length: 320 pages.