cornbread mafia 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/25/13) - Author James Higdon tells all about the largest domestic drug bust in all of America (which happened to take place in Kentucky) in his new book, “Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicates Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History”.
 
The Cornbread Mafia consisted of members from Central Kentucky growing and selling 200 tons of marijuana on 30 farms in 10 states. The book gives the interesting history about the group and also an exploration of why of the 70 men convicted, zero cooperated with investigators in exchange for a lesser sentence.
 
Higdon grew up in Marion County, where the Cornbread Mafia had their headquarters, and he tells his recollections of the mafia and its effects on the community in the late 1980s. Higdon said he was in middle school when people started getting arrested in connection to the drugs.
 
“My classmate’s parents would go to prison (during this time),” Higdon recalled.
 
Higdon, a journalist who has written for outlets such as NPR and the New York Times, also used his knowledge of the mafia in the courtroom. Higdon was subpoenaed to give information about Cornbread Mafia trial.
 
“Higdon’s story is almost as fascinating as the mafia story,” Wes Johnson, of the Daviess County Public Library, said.
 
Higdon has traveled to New York, Boston, and all over Kentucky telling his story and on Sept. 30, he will tell his story at the Daviess County Public Library. The author will give a presentation, show video clips, and have a question and answer session for the audience. John Higdon’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m.
 
To order “Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History”, go to: www.amazon.com.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4319

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 3515

Meth Charge Follows MPD Investigation into…

by SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3475

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
May 05, 2015 3285

School Board Studies Further Spending Cuts

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2954

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15896

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8596

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 05, 2015 3515

Meth Charge Follows MPD Investigation into…

by SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 3285

School Board Studies Further Spending Cuts

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 06, 2015 1544

Gant Chosen as Pupil Personnel Director

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 1170

Madisonville Man Goes to Hospital after…

by SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 1049

Two on Moped Injured in Collision with Car

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 985

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - May 5, 2015

by SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 889

Baptist Health Madisonville Establishes Foundation

by Kristy J. Quinn
May 05, 2015 599

SurfKY Spotlight: First Kentucky Bank

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 533

May 2015 In-House Rabies Clinics' Schedule

by Barry L. Franklin
May 05, 2015 485

Kentucky Lottery Results for Monday May 4, 2015

by Kentucky Lottery