From the Publisher: Dec 3 1990

Few social issues are more daunting than the nation's drug-abuse epidemic. That is one reason the war on drugs, despite government claims to the contrary, is in trouble. And that is why TIME is lucky to have veteran investigative reporters Elaine Shannon and Jonathan Beaty reporting on drug problems.

Beaty has been doing it since a 1978-82 stint in TIME's Washington bureau; among other duties, he covered the Drug Enforcement Administration. He first contributed to a major TIME story on drugs in 1981, when we examined cocaine. This week he takes a look at the empire of Los Angeles superdealer Bo...

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