El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. 237pp. Octavo [22 cm] Red buckram with gilt stamped title on backstrip. Fine/Fine. Introduction by Charles Bowden. Item #13434
Introduction by Charles Bowden, acclaimed southwestern journalist.
For seven years Don Henry Ford, Jr. made his living as an outlaw, smuggling marijuana across the U.S./Mexico border in the Big Bend region of Texas. Millions of dollars passed through his hands. He did business with many of the big-name narcotraficantes of the era like Pablo Acosta and Amado Carrillo Fuentes. After being arrested and sent to prison, he escaped and lived for a year in rural northern Mexico raising a bumper crop of marijuana and hiding out from the federales. Contrabando is a confession, but it’s also an homage to the Mexican paisanos and, indeed, to those outlaws who became Ford’s friends and protectors during his seven years as a smuggler.