What is Operation Sweetbitter?


Operation Sweetbitter was a customs operation focused on the contraband of sugar in Miami during the mid-1980s. It was discussed by Luis Navia in the context of the lucrative nature of sugar smuggling compared to the cocaine business. Despite extensive and dangerous efforts in drug and contraband trafficking, the operations like Sweetbitter reveal the complexities and scale of illicit trade during that period 1.

Drug Trafficking Realities

Luis shares his experiences in the drug trafficking business, including a customs operation called Operation Sweetbitter, and how there's more money in it than the coke business. Jordan cautions against romanticizing the industry and shares a disturbing anecdote about the senseless murder and human waste that is rife in the business.

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