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Former drug smuggler to discuss book at NMSU

Former marijuana smuggler Don Henry Ford will discuss his book "Contrabando: Confessions of a Drug-Smuggling Texas Cowboy" at 6 p.m. Monday, March 7 at the Center for Latin American and Border studies on the New Mexico State University campus.

book reveals the deadly facts of the drug business and the economic ruin that makes it a desperate option for so many.

After his first arrest, Ford escaped from prison and hid for a year in rural northern Mexico raising his own crop of marijuana. He nearly lost his life when narcotic trafficker Pablo Acosta and the Mexican army discovered his crop, but Ford was soon captured in the United States and sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Ford chronicles the destructive effects of the drug trade and law enforcement's failed wars against it and the effects on families, towns and economy on both sides of the border.

"Not many drug smugglers write books. Fewer still write good books," said John MacCormack in his review for the San Antonio Express News. "'Contrabando' is the real thing, a drug book by a smuggler who lived to tell the tale."

The Center for Latin American and Border Studies is located in the Nason House on University Avenue across from Kinko's.

For more information contact (505) 646-2842.