by Rusty Young
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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San Pedro is Bolivia’s most famous prisonLittle drug dealer Thomas McFadden is inside.Walk in Powder is the story of how he navigated this world of darkness, gangs, drugs and corruption to come out on top.Thomas found himself in a strange world, the prison reflecting all that is bad about South America with society.Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the other solution is to sleep outside and die from exposure), prisoners, women and children most often live inside also, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison.Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers visits to the prison, he became a must-see hiking tour and was named in the Lonely Planet Bolivia guide.When it was said that for a $5,000 bribe of his pain could be reversed, it was the many hikers who had passed through who sent him money.Written by lawyer Rusty Young, Marchant en Poudre – sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, it’s a captivating story of survival.
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