Thursday, January 29, 2015

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

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