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The Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" (S02E03) is centered around deranged ex-detective Hank Weldon's hunt for the mysterious Tony Arcaro, who is described by him as

Mr. founding father of cocaine in Miami, Mr. start of the business in 1962, the invisible man.

While Hank Weldon is surely not the most reliable of sources, Tony Arcaro seems to have been some kind of legend or even pioneer of cocaine business in Miami, having started it back in 1962 and actively shaped it until his disappearance after being freed from court in 1979 (having actually been killed by Hank himself, as we learn 6 years later).

I thus wonder if the character of Tony Arcaro is based on some particular real historical figure in Miami's drug business.

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historical-accuracy might not be the most fitting tag, though. –  Napoleon Wilson Aug 18 at 0:23

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