Cuba's Regime Facilitating Narcotics Trafficking (Again)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
At the 1991 trial of Panamanian strongman, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, Medellin Cartel kingpin Carlos Lehder Rivas, testified how he met twice in Havana with Gen. Raul Castro, Cuba's then-Minister of Defense, to coordinate cocaine shipments through Cuban territory to Florida.

Two years later, a federal indictment listed Gen. Raul Castro as part of a conspiracy that smuggled seven and a half tons of cocaine into the United States over a 10-year period. However, at the last minute, a recently inaugurated Clinton Administration got cold-feet and squashed it.

Let's repeat that -- Gen. Raul Castro, with whom the Obama Administration is now "normalizing" relations and engaging in counter-narcotics "cooperation," was nearly indicted in the U.S. for leading a major cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

Castro's narco-trafficking links have also been corroborated recently by Fidel's former bodyguard, Lt. Col. Juan Reinaldo Sanchez.

Now fast-forward to today.

We're just learning that Capt. Leamsy Salazar, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez's former security chief, has arrived in the United States and is currently serving as a key witness for the DEA and federal prosecutors.

Salazar has identified Diosdado Cabello, head of Venezuela's National Assembly, as the leader of the infamous drug-trafficking organization, "Cartel de los Soles"

Moreover, he's revealed Cuba's role in the Cartel's narco-trafficking operations, particularly regarding transshipment to the United States.

This is something Gen. Raul Castro has lots of practice in.

None of this should come as a surprise considering Cuba's complete control over Venezuela's security and intelligence apparatus.

Plus bad habits die hard.

Will the Obama Administration "see no evil, hear no evil" again -- like it did with Cuba's recent smuggling of 240 tons of heavy weapons to North Korea?