Here in Youngstown…

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I’m here in Youngstown, Ohio. A tough-looking town that appears to have been through a lot.

Apparently the town once had miles and miles of steel mills. That’s gone.

Just interviewed a Mexican trafficker who told me that the guys from his town back home sent hundreds of guys to the US to retail heroin like pizza.

In time, they’d saturate a market and so the heroin pioneers in that market would move on to other places and thus, over the years, they expanded. They’re now in 20 states and cresting on the new markets for their dope created by the waves of addiction to Oxycontin, which contains a drug molecularly almost identical to heroin.

It’s all part of the next book I’m trying to get done.

The opiate of the masses … are opiates.

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  1. Deborah

    Which begs the question: what is a Chinese auction?

    I recently drove through Toledo. My main impression was that it seemed less messed up than Detroit.

    • samquinones

      Zero idea, Deborah, but Wikipedia says: A Chinese auction is a combination of a raffle and an auction that is typically featured at charity, church festival and numerous other events.

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