There are some stories that the writers of "Rolling Stone Magazine" handle much better than their more staid and conventional brethren and I think this is one of them. All of the information presented in this article has been presented and rehashed numerous times in various other publications but none as nuanced as this. Guy Lawson's story of this nefarious duo exploits the time tested premise that sometimes truth is far stranger than fiction.
I became hooked on Rolling Stone when I started reading Ken Kesey, William Burroughs, and Hunter Thompson and have been a fan of their prose for as long as I can remember.
great story, reads like the movie it will probably be. only problem is the near complete absence of parental influence. Diveroli took over a shell company set up by his father. he used (presumably) his family's Swiss middleman to broker his deals. His financing came from the family's Utah-based gun-maker/financer. Even had his uncle's wife come in and keep the office straight. One can concede that these stoners were not total puppets and still write some about the obvious boost they must have got from Diveroli's elders. One could even argue that but for those elders, their contacts and experience, these young dudes would still be providing massages and/or flipping burgers, like normal slackers.
The piece reads beautifully but seriously stints on the adult supervision. It must've been there. As is, it's too much like a Charlie Brown comic strip.