CIA Drug Trafficking Needs Investigating

St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), November 24, 1993 | Go to article overview

CIA Drug Trafficking Needs Investigating


Many of this nation's cities are being overwhelmed by violent crime stemming partly from illegal drug activities. It now appears that Central Intelligence Agency officials have aggravated the problem.

CIA agents bought at least a ton of pure cocaine and allowed it to be smuggled into this country through Venezuela in 1990. Those behind this appalling operation say they were trying to win the confidence of leaders of Latin drug cartels. It didn't seem to matter that the cocaine they bought with public funds ended up on American streets or that the scheme amounted to turning every U.S. taxpayer into a drug trafficker.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it refused to cooperate with the CIA and had urged that the operation be called off. The DEA learned that the plan had been executed only after about 1,000 pounds of cocaine were seized in Miami. A Venezuelan undercover agent who works for the CIA told the DEA that the shipments had been approved by the U.S. government.

This case shows once again why the Clinton administration must scrap foreign anti-drug programs, begun under the Reagan administration. …

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