As the award-winning Miami Herald team of reporters shows, illegal gold mines have become a haven for Latin American drug money. The gold is then sold to metal traders and ultimately to Americans who want to find it in their jewelry, smartphones, and investment portfolios. Following in the footsteps of these three traders, Dirty Gold leads us into a criminal underworld that has never been seen before.
In March 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 publicly identified by the authors of this book - had built a $ 3.6 billion metal trading business, mostly illegal Peruvian gold. However, their arrests and subsequent criminal prosecution exposed more than one corrupt financial firm. Instead, Dirty Gold is lifting the veil on an illegal international business that is five times as lucrative as the cocaine trade and arguably more dangerous.