American Drug War: The Last White Hope is a 2007 documentary by writer/director Kevin Booth about the War on Drugs in the United States.


The film states the War on Drugs has become one of the longest and most costly wars in American history. Inspired by the death of four family members and close friend Bill Hicks from legal drugs,[citation needed] Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to prove his claim that the Drug War has failed. Three and a half years in the making, the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. There is also extensive treatment of CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US. The film analyzes imprisoned drug trafficker Ricky Ross, described by a Los Angeles Times reporter as the "Wal-Mart of crack dealing." After being arrested, Ross discovered through the work of journalist Gary Webb that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA.

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