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The explosive story of the illegal gold trade from South America, and the three Miami businessmen who got rich on it

In March of 2017, a team of FBI agents arrested Juan Granda, Samer Barrage, and Renato Rodriguez, or as they called themselves, "the three amigos". The trio - first identified publicly by the authors of this book - had built a $3.6 billion dollar business in metals trading, mostly illegal Peruvian gold. 

Their arrests and subsequent prosecution laid bare more than a corrupt finance firm, though. Instead, Dirty Gold lifts the veil on an illegal international business that is five times as lucrative as trafficking cocaine, and arguably more dangerous. 

As the award-winning team of Miami Herald reporters show, illegal gold mines have become a haven for Latin American drug money. The gold is then sold to metals traders, and ultimately to Americans who want it in their jewelry, smartphones, and investment portfolios. By following the trail of these three traders, Dirty Gold leads us into a criminal underworld that has never before been in full view.

©2021 Jay Weaver, Nicholas Nehamas, Jim Wyss, Kyra Gurney (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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Unknown World

Was fascinated to learn so much about the hidden world of “dirty” gold, and the effect through out the world’s monetary markets. Very well written and read. Highly recommend this book!!

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Gold schemes & broken dreams

Interesting story of gold smuggling in LatAm and into the US. The story covers many people and sites-- it's easy to get lost in the audiobook format. A little more aggressive editing might also have helped as the book is unnecessarily long-winded/detailed at times.

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And some people think Bitcoin is the problem, lol

Great book! Incredible story

Narrator said every other with a thick Spanish accent which was super annoying and distracting.