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Thai StickSurfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade$
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Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161343

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.001.0001

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Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach

(p.38) 3 Kuta Beach
Thai Stick

Peter Maguire

Mike Ritter

, David Farber
Columbia University Press

This chapter chronicles the smuggling operations of scammers—surfer, hippie, and otherwise—in the Kuta Beach in Bali, part of the Hippie Trail. Although there were plenty of setbacks during any given operation, the payout was often quite lucrative. Even as the U.S. government pressured other nations to crack down on the drug smuggling operations within their respective borders, informal operations such as the ones Mike Ritter conducted were sufficient for maintaining the surfer lifestyle. And while the waves at Bali were ideal for the surfer lifestyle, a chance encounter with Thai sticks at a stopover in Bangkok would pave the way for a new drug hitting U.S. soil.

Keywords:   Kuta Beach, Bali, Hippie Trail, U.S. government, drug smuggling operations, Thai sticks, surfer lifestyle

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