Andrew Richard Barnes was the
man who flew the very first shipment of cocaine for the Medellin Cartel
into the United States, and continued the dangerous trade for almost a
full decade. He survived crashes and gunfire, treachery and betrayal.
He also became the target of a determined assassination attemp by the
Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega - and lives to tell the tale...
very, very broke. The
important thing about Mr. Rubin Montes was not his name or his
veracity, but the fifty hundred-dollar bills he was offering for
Andrew's services, with the promise of much more to come.
It had been a long time
since Barnes had held that sort of money. He knew what he had to do for
it, and that was fine with him. To fly down to Colombia, pick up a load
of marijuana and return, seemed no big deal. Everyone was doing it.
True, it was technically illegal, but that only mattered if you got
caught. And Andrew, who knew a dozen ways of flying into Florida
undetected, had no intention of getting caught. If the morality of drug
smuggling bothered his conscience, it was a small voice and quickly
stilled. At that moment in time, pursued by creditors and with
bankruptcy looming, Andrew Barnes would have struck a deal with the
Which, in a way, is
precisely what he did.
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