A Homegrown Syndicate
Beginning in June 1989, newspaper headlines blaring the phrase “Cornbread Mafia” ran around the globe — all to describe a network of 70 outlaw Kentucky farmers busted on a network of 30 farms, with what law enforcement claimed was 200 tons of marijuana.
These Kentucky men, mostly from Marion County, stunned federal and local law enforcement, who never dreamed that the largest homegrown marijuana syndicate in American history could be in their backyard. Before Cornbread, the DEA assumed that most American pot was smuggled from Latin America or Asia. Little did they know, the most ideal conditions for growing cannabis were in the Bluegrass State.