Snippet: Nacho Carretero’s “Fariña”


Nacho Carretero, Fariña [Galician: flour]

publisher’s summary:

Stories and indiscretions from the Galician drug trade

Coca, farlopa, perico, merca, Fariña

Galicia never commercialized a product with so much success. Though now it appears to be a far-away nightmare, in the 1990s, 80% of the cocaine for the European market was landed at the Galician coasts.

Apart from its privileged geographic position, Galicia had all the necessary ingredients to become a “new Sicily”: economic backwardness, a centuries-old tradition of smuggling by land, sea and estuary, and a climate of admiration and tolerance for a criminal culture inherited from the age of the “inoffensive” and “beneficient” tobacco bosses. The mighty and hermetic clans grew in a climate of impunity, entrenched due to the sloth (when not complicity) of the political class and the security forces.

Through the direct testimonies of bosses, speedboat captains, penitents, judges, police, journalists and mothers of drug addicts, Nacho Carretero portrays minutely a criminal landscape that has often been underestimated. In the popular imagination, the kitsch costumbrism of bosses with clogs and gold watches has obscured the destructive potential of a phenomenon that razed the social, economic and political fabric of Galicia.

In addition, Fariña includes an unprecedented review of the clans that continue operating today. Because contrary to the media and popular beliefs -as is shown by this book-, the drug trade is still alive in Galicia.

One must not forget what has not ended yet.

on the author:

Nacho Carretero (A Coruña, 1981). He began on editorial staffs and later fled to be freelance. He published in all written media that came into his shooting range, from Jot Down to XL Semanal passing by Gatopardo or El Mundo. He wrote on the Ruandan genocide, on Ebola in Africa, on Siria, on his aunt Chus, and even on his beloved Deportivo de La Coruña [soccer team]. Telling the history of the Galician drug trade was a journalistic dream encysted in his brain since he was a neno [boy]. In the summer of 2015 he pledged allegiance as a reporter of El Español.

Recently there have been articles in the press informing that the drug trade in Galicia is on the upswing again. There are also articles on the drug addicts in Cadiz, Andalucia, who prowl the beaches for “lost” packages of smuggled drugs from Morocco.

SOURCE: Libros del KO (publisher)


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