06 May 2011

Drug Smuggling is topic of BDC@ The Branches programs May 3rd

One of the duties of the Beaufort District Collection is to share information about non-fiction books relating to the history, culture, and environment of our county in the BDC@The Branches series.

Sometimes that history includes less-than-laudable events, such as smuggling.

On May 16th, the BDC@ The Branches series is sponsoring two sessions about one of the more unsavory aspect of Beaufort's long history.

Topographically speaking, if smuggling is on your mind, then our county's waterways are just about perfect! Liquor or slaves or drugs doesn't really make much of a difference from the standpoint of the topography. But it can make a whole lot of difference in a nation's assessment of what to do about smuggling.

In the 1970s and 1980s, some local people were caught and convicted for running drugs. Jason Ryan, former Beaufort Gazette and The State reporter, investigated. The result is the recently published Jackpot, an exploration of local drug smuggling activities placed in terms of their global context.

Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs Program and Book Signing with Jason Ryan. Free. Open to anyone over age 12 interested in the enduring history of smuggling in our local area.

2 sessions:
BDC@ Hilton Head Branch Library,
Mon., May 16th,
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

BDC@ Beaufort Branch Library,
Mon., May 16th,
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Please note: Topic might be unsuitable for minors. Parental guidance is advised.

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