I Am The Market

How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton and Live Happily

Luca Rastello

Published: 5 August 2010
Trade Paperback, Demy Octavo
135x216mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781847081544

Translated by Jonathan Hunt


This is the cocaine trade.

This is how it's done: with hard work and a good system. With coca made into cubes, dissolved in liquid, hidden in marble blocks or inside electric cable. With willing mules swallowing drugs in ovules (they'll be arrested - this is part of the system). With shipments measured in tons. With money in cash, always. And these are the risks: police dogs, scanners, customs, infiltrators ...

And if you do it right, it will make you rich. And if you don't, you'll spend your life in jail.

A bestseller in Italy, this is the first-hand guide to living well on the wrong side of the law. Luca Rastello gets the story of the market straight from a convicted smuggler: the true, unbelievable story of an illegal trade that supports economies and destroys lives, and of the war on drugs that makes it all possible.

About the author

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Luca Rastello is a journalist at the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and director of osservatoriobalcani.org, a think-tank and website that specializes in the criminal economy and international relations. More about the author

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