Enjoy Crack Cocaine (wide USA) Light Box
In July 2016 I went on a PURE EVIL PICKERS trip across the USA, visiting the following cities;
Austin TX - Denver CO - Albuquerque NM - Santa Fe AZ - Sedona AZ - Las Vegas NV - Death Valley CA - Zabriskie Point CA - Bakersfield CA - Oakland.
Im also discovering big antique markets in the UK and sourcing some awesome signs to paint.
I am addicted to 'rusty gold', old porcelain metal and enamel signs, and I'm starting to paint these signs with my iconic 'Nightmare Series' and with my bunnies interacting with the lettering on the sign.
Each piece is an unique work of art...
Stencil spray paint on perspex in Medical X ray box
68.5 x 87.5 x 12.5 cm
A number of writers have alleged that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in cocaine trafficking during the 1980s. These claims have led to investigations by the United States government, including hearings and reports by the United States House of Representatives, Senate, Department of Justice, and the CIA's Office of the Inspector General. The subject remains controversial. CIA involvement in trafficking is usually alleged to be connected to the Contra war in Nicaragua and the Iran–Contra affair during the Reagan Administration. In 1986 its spokesman acknowledged that funds from sales of cocaine smuggled into the US had helped fund the Contra rebels, but said that the smuggling was not authorized by the US government or resistance leaders.
A 1986 investigation by a sub-committee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (the Kerry Committee), found that "the Contra drug links included", among other connections, " payments to drug traffickers by the U.S. State Department of funds authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies."
The charges of CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking were revived in 1996, when a newspaper series by reporter Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News claimed that the trafficking had played an important role in the creation of the crack cocaine drug problem in the United States. Webb's series led to three federal investigations, none of which found evidence of any conspiracy by the CIA or its employees to bring drugs into the United States.
According to the stories, the CIA and its operatives used crack cocaine--sold via the Los Angeles African-American community--to raise millions to support the agency's clandestine operations in Central America.