| Cocaine |
Cocaine or 'coke' is an alkaloid extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. It is widely used recreationally. Since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, it has been illegal worldwide.
The world's cocaine is produced from coca grown in the Andes in South America. Plan Colombia was officially intended to decrease cocaine production and export to the US. On its announcement, Peter Dale Scott predicted that increased involvement of the US military would have an entirely converse effect. His prediction, that the amount of cocaine produced and exported would increase, proved correct. So much evidence has accumulated that the CIA's name has become synonymous with cocaine trafficking to USA.
The US Deep state has long since dominated the importation of cocaine into the North American continent. The misleadingly-named Iran-Contra scandal may have been a limited hangout designed to try to unseat Ronald Reagan while hiding the cocaine trafficking by the CIA.
Trafficking via Africa
Andrei Fursov stated in 2014 that "Cocaine is transferred to Sierra Leone, where it is exchanged for diamonds. With the diamonds they purchase arms. This triangle - Hezbollah, Syria, Iran - gets in the way of the Americans. They take the view, correctly, that eliminating Syria as an Arab partner of Iran, whether relations with Iran are good or bad, Iran will be weaker, and it will be easier to get an agreement with them. The removal of the Assad regime therefore became objective No.1 for the Americans. Likewise for Saudi Arabia and Israel."
Cocaine powder is easily "cooked" up to a crystalline form, "crack cocaine", which as it is smokable, is reckoned to be more addictive. This form has been available in USA since late 1984. The 1986 [[Anti-Drug Abuse Act] dramatically increased sentences for this form (a 100:1 disparity, meaning 5g of crack was treaded in law as 500g of cocaine powder). This resulted in much longer sentences for drug dealers in the (predominantly, poor, urban) neighbourhoods where crack was sold, and contributed to the racial imbalance among the prison population. The 2010 Fair Sentencing Act modified thi imbalance (down to 18:1) but was not applied retrospectively.
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