In the go-go 1980s, reality in Miami was more strange and intense than a fiction writer could conjure up.  It was the age of “Miami Vice,” the Cocaine Cowboys and the River Cops. The FBI deemed Miami the most-crime ridden city in the United States.

This beautiful city made the Nov. 23, 1981, cover of Time magazine as “Paradise Lost.” The article estimated 70 percent of all marijuana and cocaine imported into the United States passed through South Florida. People all over America were getting high, so it was a lot of dope.

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