Jason Ryan

Jason Ryan is a South Carolina journalist and former staff reporter for the State newspaper. He lives in Charleston. Though born in Connecticut and educated at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he has made his home in the South. Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs, is his debut book.

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a cadre of freewheeling, Southern pot smugglers lived at the crossroads of “Miami Vice” and a Jimmy Buffett song.