Weed Man: The Remarkable Journey of Jimmy Divine
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: John McCaslin
- Publish Date: 2011-10-17
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that Americans in theÂ early 1970s were smoking upwards of 35,000 pounds of marijuana per day.Â By the time the decade drew to a close, Time magazine reported that reeferÂ had become âthe most widely accepted illegal indulgence since drinkingÂ during Prohibition.â
You can thank Jimmy Moree for helping to feed Americaâs insatiable potÂ habit. Nicknamed âJimmy Divineâ for his teetotaling ways, he would becomeÂ one of the most successful marijuana traffickers of the 1970s, smugglingÂ high-grade South American weed across the tempestuous seas into NorthÂ American ports of call.
He was born and grew up poor in the Bahamas. ThatÂ life was forever changed on a morning jog when Jimmy literally stumbledÂ onto several million dollarsâ worth of prime Colombian grass. He disposed ofÂ the weed with a little help from a law-enforcement friend and was surprisedÂ to earn over three hundred thousand dollars for his trouble. It was the firstÂ deal of many. The money was easy, and the perks fantastic. Jimmy went onÂ to make?and give away?a fortune.
And now award-winning journalist John McCaslin is telling JimmyâsÂ story. Several of the characters are identified by their actual names or byÂ nicknames. Identities of others have been changed to protect the guilty.Â Rest assured, youâre in for a white-knuckle ride on the open seas whereÂ adventure, enterprise, and entire fortunes go up in smoke.
âMcCaslin brings his exceptional reportorial talent to bear in aÂ fascinating exposÃ© of the drug trade.â âG. GORDON LIDDY
âTold in a breezy, witty style, McCaslinâs book captures momentsÂ in relatively recent Caribbean history when it was . . . possibleÂ to make a fortune by the ability to steer a boat stealthily throughÂ dangerous seas.â âMARK BOWDEN
I'm delightedÂ to seeÂ that John McCaslin has climbed out of hisÂ political trench in Washington long enough to set sail on thisÂ astonishing journey throughÂ the precarious Caribbean reefs, and beyond.Â Somehow,Â inÂ typical McCaslinÂ fashion, he manages to bringÂ his readersÂ back toÂ theÂ nation's capitalÂ in aÂ chapter thatÂ will certainly haveÂ official tongues wagging in Washington.Â -- Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and formerÂ co-host of NBC's Today
This story is so compelling . . .Â John McCaslin has put it all together in a way that simply made me want toÂ just keepÂ on reading. Wow.Â --Wolf Blitzer,Â anchor and host of the CNN newscast The Situation Room
For years everybodyÂ in Washington has turned to John McCaslin'sÂ Inside The Beltway column for the inside skinny onÂ what isÂ going on in our nation's capital. Now, in Weed Man: The Remarkable Journey of Jimmy Divine,Â McCaslinÂ brings his exceptional reportorial talent to bear in a fascinating expose of the drug trade.Â --G. Gordon Liddy,Â Watergate figure and nationally-syndicated radioÂ host