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?
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