The Cocaine Cowboys

In a nondescript shopping mall in the industrial outskirts of Venice, a major new European drug route is taking shape. Antonino Vadalà, a hot-headed man who dominates the room, sizes up his potential partner, a local businessman he hopes will help him import hundreds of kilos of cocaine into northern Italy and Slovakia. The plan is to use legal goods to disguise the drug shipments. “We load bananas, cereal, nuts, we load some bullshit,” Vadalà says. “We ship it to … Continue reading The Cocaine Cowboys