Testimonies

Testimonies collected during the writing of 'The Candy Machine'.

 


 


View The Candy Machine: Interviews in the cocaine trade. with all the testimonies at Google Maps.

Since many of these interviews were conducted in London, Bogota or New York City, those cities are crowded with tacks on the map below. To see the full gamut of interviews, use the scroll up/down and zoom in/out functions in the top left hand corner. Having clicked on a tack, you might find that the first part of the interview has been cropped by the top edge of the map - scroll north and you should be able to read the interview in full.

COLOMBIAN TESTIMONIES

Daniel - indigenous coca chewer, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
David - launched coca soft drink Coca-Sec, Cauca
David - author of a report on cocaine use, Boston
Francisco - Colombian Vice President, Bogota
Than - US fumigation programme, Bogota
Lucho - fumigation pilot, Bogota
Kevin - heads US Military Group, Bogota
Luis - congressman, Caqueta
Blanca - coca picker, Meta
Dora - victim of paramilitary violence, Meta
Islena – teacher, Meta
Nicolas - former FARC guerrilla, Bogota
David - British banker kidnapped by the FARC, Bogota
Happy - cocaine laboratory worker, Bogota
Helman - former anti-narcotics policeman, Bogota
Rodolfo - cocaine dealer, Bogota
Jose - cocaine smuggler, Miami, Florida
Christian - former cocaine smuggler, Miami, Florida
Sir Keith - former UK ambassador to Colombia, London
Cele - former DEA agent, McAllan, Texas

 

AMERICAN TESTIMONIES

Steven - DEA press officer, Washington D.C.
Doris - former cocaine addict, New York City
Judge Jim Gray - Orange County, California
Kenneth - former crack addict and dealer, Dothan, Alabama
Kurt  - former mayor of Baltimore, Maryland
Louis - poly-drug user, New York City
David - former narcotics police officer, Los Angeles
Pam - former cocaine addict, Detroit, Michigan
Lou - former poly-drug addict, Los Angeles
Mark - former cocaine dealer, New York City
Ricky - former crack cocaine dealer, Los Angeles
Luis - former gangbanger, Los Angeles
Eric - Criminal Justice Foundation, Silver Spring, Maryland
Alex - Homies Unidos, Los Angeles
Jack - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Medford MA
Lance - former cocaine wholesaler, New York City
Russ - former narcotics police officer, San Jose, California
Ted - cocaine dealer, New York City
Tony - served life sentence for dealing cocaine, New York City
Rusty - former narcotics dog handler, Houston, Texas

 

JAMAICAN & UK TESTIMONIES

Jah Bones - fisherman, Bluefields, Jamaica
Sharon - former drugs mule, Kingston, Jamaica
Angela - former drugs mule, Kingston, Jamaica
Nick - cocaine dealer, London
Bethany - bar manager, London
Phil - advertising executive, London
Carl - security guard, London
Gabrielle – police officer, Edinburgh
Mick - film-maker, London
Jim - former crack user, London