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Chasing the Dragon. Into the Heart of the Golden Triangle by Christopher R. Cox

By Christopher R. Cox

A Boston bring in reporter's trip into Burma/Myanmar to interview the mysterious drug lord, Khun Sa.

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Chasing the Dragon. Into the Heart of the Golden Triangle

A Boston bring in reporter's trip into Burma/Myanmar to interview the mysterious drug lord, Khun Sa.

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Pictures of Barry with 1979 Playmate of the Year Monique St. Pierre. ” Of Barry in the jungles of Burma with General Khun Sa. “He’s not a nine-to-five person,” said Debbie Flynn of her brother. “I’ve been around,” said actor Paul Cavonis, a friend of Flynn’s since the early 1970s. “I’ve known a lot of people and the most interesting madman I ever met was Barry Flynn. No one surprises me more, time after time, than Barry. S. officials in the heroin trade, Bo Gritz described Flynn as his Bangkok station chief.

Beneath their burden, the women smile. There will be opium enough to barter for salt, sugar, tobacco, and cloth. They know not where the opium goes, only that it brings merchants to their distant huts, that the fruit of their fields is coveted by the powerful men whose soldiers walk the dragon-toothed mountains. They know their hard, simple life will endure another year. Their ancestors knew the same rituals, endured the same risks, kowtowed to the same unseen, omnipotent warlords. It has always been thus in a land as wild as the waves of a raging typhoon.

But rules two and three clouded Sullivan’s mind. This was a land of smiles, façades, and surprises. As we neared Chiang Khong on a hot September afternoon that held the humid residue of the 1991 monsoon, Sullivan opened his wallet and pulled out a Roman Catholic prayer card he had carried for most of his adult life. The crinkled, laminated card was an invocation to Saint Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. Dear Lord, Sullivan thought, just give me a sign. Chiang Khong was a two-wat town, with a main street that looked to have been paved sometime before the French abdicated Indochina.

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