Ray Liotta Movie ‘Cocaine Bear’: Bear OD’d on Coke That Fell From The Sky

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ACROSS AMERICA – One of actor Ray Liotta’s last films, “cocaine bearmixes a fictional story of a coke-fueled bear’s murderous rampage with the real-life story of a Kentucky black bear who ate a staggering amount of cocaine – around 70 pounds worth an estimated $15 million. – who fell from a smuggler’s plane.

“Cocaine Bear,” directed by Elizabeth Banks, will be released in domestic theaters on February 24, 2023. It stars Keri Russell, Kristofer Hivju, Alden Ehrenreich, Margo Martindale and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

A movie synopsis on Google states that “After a failed drug smuggling operation, a black bear ingests a large amount of cocaine and embarks on a drug-fueled rampage. Hollywood Reporter describes the bear as a Predator at the top of 500 pounds on a “coke-fueled rampage seeking more blow and gore.”

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There was, in fact, an actual bear that overdosed on cocaine that literally fell from the sky in the 1980s, a time in American history when the Drug Enforcement Administration estimated that 5,000 people tried cocaine for the first time every day.

Smugglers have found increasingly creative ways to bypass DNA and get their product into the hands of their eager clientele, and the story of how the hapless bear stumbled upon it is woven into the often glorified stories of cocaine use by the rich and famous In the 1980’s.

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” Fall from the sky

“It’s the marijuana of the ’80s,” Andrew Fenrich, New York spokesman for the DEA, told the Los Angeles Times in 1985. “The thing is fall from the sky.”

Pilots had prearranged drop locations, and in remote areas “you could land a plane and park it on a road for four days and no one would ever see it”, John O’Neill, at the time an agent for the DEA in charge of the Denver office said, told the Times.

It explains how Fred Myers, an elderly Kentucky man, awoke on the morning of September 11, 1985, to find the body of 40-year-old Andrew C. Thornton II in his yard. Thornton was heavily armed and carried an unopened parachute and body armor; bags containing approximately 35 kilograms of coke and an emergency parachute were found nearby.

Thornton, the son of an affluent Kentucky thoroughbred racehorse breeder, was an Air Force officer, paratrooper and Purple Heart recipient who became a U.S. narcotics officer and attorney. . In 1980, Thornton was charged in a federal indictment to run a drug and weapons smuggling ring known as “the Society” that allegedly involved other former Kentucky police officers, according to rolling stone.

Thornton’s plane, put on autopilot, was found about 60 miles from his body. Authorities believe his parachute failed to open after jumping from the plane. It was reported by the Knoxville New Sentinel that Thornton fell “deadly ill with food poisoning” after eating a parrot in Montería, Colombia, where he had landed his Cessna 404 to pick up 400 kilograms of cocaine found for the States -United.

Thornton’s friends described him as a daredevil and risk taker who liked to free fall and wait as long as possible before opening his parachute, so it is possible that he simply waited too long.

“It Was Chaos”, former Knoxville News Sentinel said editor Tom Chester in a 1990 interview with the newspaper. “Nobody believed it. A dude just don’t falling from the sky with cocaine attached to him. …”

“You Name It, This Bear Had It”

And the bears aren’t just popping their last balloons on cocaine.

Such was the unfortunate fate of a 175-pound black bear found dead in the Chattahoochie-Oconee National Forest just over the Tennessee line in northern Georgia, three months after Thornton’s plane crashed. Beside him were 40 open plastic containers that once held the cocaine Thornton had dropped from his plane.

According to the autopsy, the animal equivalent of an autopsy, the bear died of a cocaine overdose.

“His stomach was literally stuffed to the brim with cocaine“, the medical examiner who looked inside the animal’s stomach said Kentucky for Kentuckya quirky retailer that also sells preserved horse dung of Kentucky Derby champions for the now reduced price of $75 a pot.

“No mammal on the planet could survive this,” the medical examiner said. “Cerebral hemorrhage, respiratory failure, hyperthermia, renal failure, heart failure, stroke. You name it, this bear had it.

Waylon Jennings and the Cocaine Bear

Cocaine Bear was a fine specimen, and the medical examiner sent him to a taxidermist to be stuffed. At that time, the bear was called Pablo Eskobear, or “cocaine bear” in Spanish, he was exposed to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for a while, according to Kentucky for Kentucky.

Then, in the 1990s, an impending forest fire threatened the recreation areas and authorities ordered it evacuated. They packed up Pablo Eskobear and other artifacts and put them in temporary storage in Dalton, Georgia.

When they returned to retrieve the artifacts, they discovered the bear had been stolen. Arrowheads and other Native American culture artifacts were found at a Nashville pawn shop, but the teddy bear had already been sold, according to court documents cited by Kentucky for Kentucky.

Some time later, he resurfaced in Las Vegas as country music legend Waylon Jennings Private Collection of Stuffed Animals, according to the Knoxville Courier Journal. Jennings apparently didn’t know the bear was stolen, but he did know all about Ron Thompson’s Cocaine Bear, like Thornton, a Kentucky blue blood turned Las Vegas hustler.

He said he would be happy to return Cocaine Bear, but he had already given it to Thompson, who was keeping it in his desert mansion. Much of Thompson’s estate was auctioned off after his death in 2009. Among the items on the auction manifesto: “One (1) stuffed North American black bear.”

The trail ended at a Chinese medicine store in Reno, where Cocaine Bear was a store decoration. Kentucky for Kentucky acquired the bear for the $200 required to ship it, the same amount paid by the Chinese immigrant who purchased Cocaine Bear at auction.

Cocaine Bear is now on display at Mall of Kentuckywhere the owners—again the same people who bottle and sell Kentucky Derby horse poo—are undoubtedly having more fun when the movie debuts next winter.

Liotta died on May 26 in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting a movie, “Dangerous Waters.” He died in his sleep.


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