Bureau of Narcotics Covert Intelligence Network

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Abbreviation BUNCIN
Formation 1972
A covert assassination squad used to hide CIA activities from scrutiny.[citation needed]

The Bureau of Narcotics Covert Intelligence Network (BUNCIN) was an intelligence agency and hit squad[citation needed] created under the auspices of Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (which was later renamed the DEA). The official purpose was to covertly gather long-range strategic intelligence and carry out assassinations sponsored by the CIA.[1]

Origins

BUNCIN Officially started in December 1972.[citation needed]

Staff

Lucien Conein was the head of the agency and recruited CIA agent Bob Medell in early 1973 and Grayston Lynch from the CIA to join in early 1974. After Watergate the CIA ‘dirty tricks’ operations were moved to BUNCIN as CIA was under a lot of heat from Watergate fallout. The majority of BUNCIN members were Cuban anti-Castro personnel who were familiar with Medell and Lynch. Medell was a Cuban who was part of the brigade that stormed the beaches of the Bay of Pigs. Lynch was the CIA agent in charge of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Exposure

The group has been written about by Douglas Valentine.[1]



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