Important People in Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones
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The Xalisco Boys

A name coined by a Denver narcotics investigator and borrowed by Quinones, the Xalisco Boys are referenced throughout the text as a group of heroin traffickers from the small rancho of Xalisco in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. The Xalisco Boys, in Quinones' eyes, differentiate themselves from other Mexican migrants primarily because of their loyal adherence to rancho culture defined by pride, work ethic, and adventure: "the system operates on certain principles... and the Nayarit traffickers don't violate them" (45). The Boys' system is as unique as it is profitable; unlike other criminal organizations, the Xalisco Boys actively avoid violence, drug use, and wholesale operations; "The cells compete with each other, but competing drivers know each other from back home, so they're never violent. They never carry guns. They work hard at blending in. They don't party where they live. They drive sedans that are several...

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