Billy Corben's documentary Cocaine Cowboys (2006) was a compelling portrait at the evolution of the drug business and its effect on Miami. The director talks to the early pioneers of drug smuggling, distribution, and laundering of money as well as public officials, policemen, and reporters who were active during the era. . One of the most noticeable changes was how Miami changed almost overnight in the 70s and 80s from a place where old people went to die to the excess of luxury cars, jewelry, and discos fueled by drug money. And then it was the murder capital of the world. Things got worse during the Mariel boatlift, where Cuba's Castro emptied his jails and mental institutions and Jimmy Carter gave them refugee status-there was an immediate rise in murder and rape in the city. Then in the Reagan years the war on drugs was stepped up and Miami started getting the resources they needed to fight the war. A fascinating portrait of Miami and the drug business.