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The Cuban ConnectionDrug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution$
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Eduardo Saenz Rovner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831755

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888582_saenz_rovner

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The Prío Socarrás Government and Drug Trafficking

The Prío Socarrás Government and Drug Trafficking

(p.75) Chapter 6 The Prío Socarrás Government and Drug Trafficking
The Cuban Connection

Eduardo Sáenz Rovner

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the government of President Carlos Prio Socarras, wherein Cuba's reports to the United Nations continued to maintain that the country's drug problem involved primarily marijuana and a very limited amount of morphine, and that the problem primarily affected lower-class elements of society. The report continued that such findings were hardly surprising, “given that the majority of those using it are from the country's lower class.” The same report indicated that during 1948, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare had destroyed 222 marijuana cigarettes, 15 pounds of loose marijuana, and just 10 grams of cocaine. The document acknowledged, however, that the retail price of heroin was high “due to its scarcity.”

Keywords:   Carlos Prio Socarras, United Nations, drug problem, marijuana, morphine, heroin

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