The Underground Empire

"There will be no major arrests and no political arrests. The effect will be zero. Within six months (Bolivian drug production) will be back to normal." That gloomy forecast about "Operation Blast Furnace" was offered last week by James Mills, 54, a veteran investigative reporter who has spent the past six years probing the shadowy world of international drug dealing and the seldom effective efforts of U.S. authorities to cope with it. Mills, author of the newly published The Underground Empire (Doubleday; 1,165 pages; $22.95), was in Washington to promote his book and appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Task...

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