Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Haitian Leaders Run Drugs, Diplomats Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Haitian Leaders Run Drugs, Diplomats Say

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Haiti's military leaders have been working with Colombian cocaine traffickers for the past four years to help move hundreds of pounds of the drug each month from South and Central America to the United States, American diplomats and other officials say.

American officials said that much of Haiti's military leadership, including its commander, Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras, had been either actively involved with Colombian drug dealers or had turned a blind eye to their trafficking in cocaine, accepting payments for their cooperation.

For months, U.S. officials have discounted reports of drug trafficking by senior Haitian officers, and some see the sudden turnabout by the administration as an attempt to lay the groundwork for a possible American invasion to restore the exiled Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The American officials are now saying that the Haitian officers are earning hundreds of thousands of dollars each month for allowing their country to be used as a shipment center by the main Colombian drug rings in Cali and Medellin. …

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