A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 11, 1983

On a tennis court in Miami last fall, West Coast Bureau Chief Benjamin Gate commented to Caribbean Bureau Chief William McWhirter on the huge increase he had observed in the use of cocaine among middle-class Americans.

McWhirter responded by citing estimates on the growing traffic in the drug through his South Florida territory.

Says McWhirter: "We realized we were talking about two ends of the same pipeline. Like oil, cocaine had become a major commodity. I had the suppliers, he had the consumers." From there, under Gate's coordination, reporting this week's cover story...

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