Norman’s Cay: Playground for Drug Smugglers – Part 1


From 1978 to 1982 this tropical island was a refueling hub for Carlos Lehder and the Medellin cartel’s operation that shipped tons of cocaine into the U.S. via small aircraft. Trafficker George Jung (made famous by Johnny Depp in Blow) described it as “something out of a James Bond movie.” And U.S. drug agents say they realized too late what was going on there.

Here are pictures and a short report…

norman's cay smuggler

With the Bahamian authorities looking the other way, the island became a haven of debauchery for Lehder and his associates. Narco trafficker Carlos Toro remembers, “Norman’s Cay was a playground. I have a vivid picture of being picked up in a Land Rover with the top down and naked women driving to come and welcome me from my airplane…And there we partied. And it was a Sodom and Gomorrah…drugs, sex, no police…you made the rules…and it was fun.”

norman's cay gazebo

If you enjoyed this, don’t miss the much more detailed Part 2

4 thoughts on “Norman’s Cay: Playground for Drug Smugglers – Part 1

  1. Pingback: Norman’s Cay and Carlos Lehder – Part 2 « The Velvet Rocket

  2. What a rush I bet that was. I JUST got back from Norman’s and it was so beautiful and peaceful. I kept thinking wow the most powerful people have walked here! I did get some insisted info about the past & how crazy it was there. Talked to a great guy who grew up there & had to leave during Joe’s arrival.

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