Various Hollywood movies have been made about the illegal drug trade and its social effects on the city it invades. But if you’re looking for a more realistic take on the proliferation of illegal drugs from South America to the United States, you might want to check out the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
Directed by Billy Corben and produced by Alfred Spellman, Cocaine Cowboys tells about the rise of cocaine and the Miami Drug War in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the crime epidemic such events caused in the following years. The production team interviewed local law enforcers, journalists, and lawyers to make the film as authentic as possible. They also talked to leaders of organized crime groups, former drug smugglers, and gang members to provide a first-hand account and/or perspective on what happened to Miami.
According to the documentary, marijuana was the primary drug being imported to Miami and its surrounding areas. When the 1970s arrive, however, cocaine became the drug of choice among smugglers because it was much more profitable and lucrative. As a result, more and more cocaine was smuggled into the United States, which led to a significant drop in its prices and the drug becoming accessible to a bigger market.