CIA/Drug trafficking

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Exposed by Bo Abbott, Celerino Castillo, Michael Levine, Gary Webb
Interest of Bo Gritz
SubpageCIA/Drug trafficking/Premature death

Drug trafficking by the CIA has been a huge source of funds for the CIA/Black budget over the years. Joël van der Reijden names this area as one of the most important covered up conspiracies of all time. A relatively ad hoc affair in the days of the Vietnam War, the process has been upscaled in recent years and now appears well integrated with US/Foreign Policy.

Official narrative

Wikipedia has a page entitled "Allegations of CIA drug trafficking", as if there were any doubt as to the matter. As of 2018, there was also a page on "CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking"[1] a limited hangout, the lead paraggraph of which concludes that "The subject remains controversial." The official line still promoted as of 2017 by corporate media such as the BBC denies that the CIA has been systematically trafficking in drugs for decades.[2] This is an highly selective interpretation of the available evidence, which Eric Umansky summarised in a 1998 Mother Jones article under the headline: "The CIA has a long and sordid history with drug traffickers. And it’s all in the Congressional Record."[3]


CIA spooks have been connected to drug traffickers even before the agency was formally set up,[4] but the Vietnam War was by many accounts a tremendous boost to its scaling up of operations.[citation needed]


The late Gary Webb did more to break the news of CIA Drug trafficking than anyone else, compiling exhaustive evidence in 1996 which was put on WWW and named names of those involved. The commercially-controlled media and the establishment in general showed little interest, even when he published the material in 1998 as Dark Alliance. On November 15, 1996, Mike Ruppert dramatically confronted CIA Director John Deutch and testified that he has personally witnessed CIA complicity in drug trafficking.[5][6] After a moment of confusion, Deutch asked for Ruppert to submit evidence, and promised to follow up - Ruppert submitted evidence, which was again ignored.

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Full article: “Iran-Contra”

The events misleadingly dubbed "Iran-Contra" by the corporate media featured large scale drug trafficking centered on a remote airport in Mena, Arkansas. This was orchestrated by a team of deep state actors as Barry Seal, Felix Rodriguez, quite probably on the initiative of George H. W. Bush[citation needed]. Ex-CIA Terry Reed admitted to involvement in training contra pilots, but states that he originally knew nothing of the drug angle until he found tonnes of cocaine moving through his warehouse.[7]

Michael Levine, a 25-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration, stated that:

"I have put thousands of Americans away for tens of thousands of years for less evidence for conspiracy with less evidence than is available against Ollie North and CIA people... I personally was involved in a deep-cover case that went to the top of the drug world in three countries. The CIA killed it."
CNBC-TV, October 8, 1996[8]

Pilot whistleblowers

Bo Abbott and Tosh Plumlee have admitted to flying drugs for the CIA by the planeload into USA.[9] Others such as Celerino Castillo and Terry Reed have provided detailed and sworn corroborating testimony. A 1996 affidavit by Chip Tatum claims the same thing and names William Barr, Buddy Young, Felix Rodriguez, Oliver North, Joe Fernandez, Manuel Noriega and Mike Harari. He further claimed that George H. W. Bush, Oliver North and Bill Clinton were in the loop via satellite phone.[10]

Mega busts

Full article: Rated 5/5 2006 Mexico DC-9 drug bust

Various CIA linked planes have been involved in shipping cocaine into US by the ton, most notably the 2006 Mexico DC-9 drug bust ('Cocaine 1') and the crash in 2007 ('Cocaine 2'). (Former) CIA ownership of the planes is certainly telling, as is their use for "extraordinary rendition" but even more clear has been the failure to prosecute, investigate or even report basic details of these events, suggesting that their owners have the de facto ability to control the commercially-controlled media. The most recent of these deep events was Western Global Airlines N545JN, flying cash to South Africa.

Premature deaths

Full article: Stub class article CIA/Drug trafficking/Premature deaths
Bo Abbott, who appears to have disappeared after testifying about his drug smuggling flights

Dozens (at least) of people connected to the CIA drug trafficking have suffered premature deaths of one sort or another. Prominent among these is Gary Webb, the journalist who broke the story with his 1996 Dark Alliance expose. Officially, depression lead him to shoot himself twice in the head. Various CIA pilots have suffered sudden death, sometimes just before or after testifying. A leading CIA pilot, Barry Seal, was assassinated when confined due to his bail conditions. Edward Cutolo died a supposedly accidental death after having signed an affidavit that helped expose Operation Watchtower. Bo Abbott, who also testified, appears to have disappeared.

Drug routes

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Gary Webb detailed many import routes from South America to USA, increasing in volume over time. Many witnesses have stated that the hub of CIA cocaine delivery in USA used to be Mena, Arkansas. The USA's invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 saw a huge rise in the cultivation of opium. Sibel Edmonds states that most of this is shipped in military planes via Turkey.[11]

Extraordinary rendition

Planes used for "extraordinary rendition" have also been used to traffic drugs (see for example Cocaine 1 or Cocaine 2), suggesting the possibility that they might be used for both purposes simultaneously, that extradition routes might yield insight into smuggling routes.

Money laundering

Drug trafficking operations tend to require money laundering of some kind. One CIA connected plane that might provide insight into this process is Western Global Airlines N545JN which landed in Harare with a dead body and 67 tonnes of fresh banknotes. As with the 2006 Mexico DC-9 drug bust, no legal proceedings ensued and the plane was allowed to proceed unhindered.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Affidavit of William CaseyWikiSpooks PageWilliam CaseyAn admission by William Casey, DCI, that he approved smuggling of cocaine into USA, having chosen Mena, Arkansas as a shipment point, with the support of Bill Clinton and Bill Weld. Casey names a range of names, including John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, Oliver North and William Colby, the CIA, NSA and ASA.

Related Quotations

Michael Levine“I have put thousands of Americans away for tens of thousands of years for less evidence for conspiracy with less evidence than is available against Ollie North and CIA people... I personally was involved in a deep-cover case that went to the top of the drug world in three countries. The CIA killed it.”Michael Levine8 October 1996
Oliver North“Honduran DC-6 which is being used for runs out of New Orleans is probably being used for drug runs into U.S.”Oliver North9 August 1984