The CIA is alarmed: Chavez may soon become one of the major drug lords in Latin America. On February 9, former Mexican president Vicente Fox accused him of assisting the Mexican drug mafia which flooded the States with cocaine.
According to an old fighter against drug trafficking, Vicente Fox, the inaction of Venezuelan President Chavez in countering illicit drug trafficking to the north of the continent is caused by certain agreements with the leaders of drug cartels, including Mexican ones.
However, the former head of Mexico is not quite right. The issue is more serious than Vicente Fox imagines. Chavez is not inactive in countering drug trafficking, rather, he nearly openly encourages it.
It seems that Chavez has nothing to do with the cocaine problem. After all, it would seem that the main producer of cocaine was and is Colombia, the main U.S. ally in Latin America. The country accounts for nearly half of the total cocaine produced in the world.
However, it is worth noting that over the past 20 years hard-core mafia was noticeably pushed by the militants-revolutionaries. In some ways they work together for the good of the local cocaine industry. Nonetheless, much of the production and export of cocaine is controlled by FARK militants who Chavez lovingly takes care of.
There has been sufficient evidence to it in recent years. Colombian riot police carrying out raids in the jungle against these either revolutionaries or drug traffickers have repeatedly received evidence linking FARK and the Chavez regime. The rebels received money and gear from it, quietly sitting out the "hot season" in Venezuelan territory.
Colombian cocaine is smuggled into the U.S. and Europe in different ways. Mexico accounts for a significant portion of drug traffic (90 percent) totaling $40 billion. While the Mexican "villains" take a significant fee for their mediation in the difficult task of dispatching drugs, most of the cargo reaches the U.S. consumer safe and intact, which cannot be said about the sea and air routes across the Caribbean Sea.
Despite raising all sorts of walls on the border and active fight of the CIA against drug trafficking, there has not been a visible progress in anti-cocaine battle yet. Despite the fact that Mexico is one of the leading oil-producing countries in the world, the majority of its population lives in poverty. Therefore, the drug mafia has no shortage of drug traffickers.
But that is not all. We know that not only Colombian cocaine gets to the United States. Honorary second and third places are taken by Peru and Bolivia. While in 2008 Colombia accounted for 430 tons of white powder, Peru accounted for 302 tons (where a considerable share of control is taken by leftists connected to Chavez), and Bolivia accounted for 113 tons.
We must also add that the latter is governed by the "younger brother" of violent Hugo, Evo Morales. He is the one who proclaimed the slogan of complete legalization of coca, whose use is a "National Indian tradition that helps to withstand hunger and fatigue".
In addition, Morales and Chavez do not hide their relationship: in return for fuel supplies to farmers (who are growing narcotic raw materials among other things), Evo generously provides his older brother Hugo with coca. Most of Bolivia's cocaine comes to Venezuela, from where it is sent either to Europe through "African" traffic, or to Mexico for the American consumer.
The United Nations Office on Drugs is concerned, saying that "cocaine money" is flowing not only to Mexican drug lords, but also to their accomplice Chavez. In fact, the International Committee for Narcotics Control Board (INCB) to the UN shares the same view. It is very difficult to fight the Venezuelan traffic. For example, Americans have no right to stop Hugo's ships. In addition, they cannot intercept light airplanes over the foreign territory.
Furthermore, the CIA experts are concerned that the alleged cocaine profits allow Chavez to lobby solutions beneficial to him in the upper echelons of the American power. Many believe that it is the intercession "from the top" that allows for proper operation of the "great cocaine way."
George Soros is named as one of the main lobbyists who invested up to $100 million in the Fund for Drug Policy (DPF) that in the U.S. is considered to be the main lobbyist for the legalization of the drug business in Congress.
Chavez has long been leading subversive activities against the U.S. and not only with his fiery speeches denouncing the crimes of the American imperialism. This has to do not only with the fact that cocaine brings fabulous profits, although some experts do not rule out that now the export of cocaine is the second most important source of Chavez's income The main thing is that using drugs he can destroy the U.S. much more effectively than support the various Latin American upstarts who swear by anti-Americanism.
The more junkies are in the United States who think only about the next dose from the south and unable to bring American democracy nothing but harm, the better it is for their opponents.
It is not ruled out that sooner or later under this scenario Chavez could become the major Latin American drug lord. However, it would be dangerous for him to overdo it in this regard, especially if we remember the story of the Panamanian dictator Noriega.