(hull was later accused of drug trafficking by costa rican authorities, but fled the country before facing trial he returned to the united states) on april 10, 1986, barger and i reported on the ap wire that the us attorney's office in miami was examining allegations of contra gunrunning and drug trafficking.
The notebooks, as well as declassified memos sent to north, record that north was repeatedly informed of contra ties to drug trafficking in his entry for august 9, 1985, north summarizes a meeting with robert owen (rob), his liaison with the contras.
According to the report, many of the pilots ferrying weapons and supplies south for the cia were known to have backgrounds in drug trafficking kerry's investigation cited setco aviation, the company the us had contracted to handle many of the flights, as an example of cia complicity in the drug trade.
The charges of cia involvement in contra cocaine trafficking were revived in 1996, when a newspaper series by reporter gary webb in the san jose mercury news claimed that the trafficking had played an important role in the creation of the crack cocaine drug problem in the united states webb's series led to three federal investigations, none of which found evidence of any conspiracy by the cia or its employees to bring drugs into the united states. Report of investigation -- volume ii: the contra story (october 8, 1998) — the inspector general's report of investigation regarding allegations of connections between cia and the contras in cocaine trafficking to the united states volume ii: the contra story.
Total coverage: the cia, contras, and drugs the cia-coke connection was detailed long before dark alliance — and the evidence keeps coming eric umansky aug 25, 1998 7:00 am. Under reagan’s policy, at a time when americans were being presented with strong anti-drug propaganda, the cia was in fact an accomplice to a large narcotics smuggling ring in the united states it was in fact reagan’s policies that led to the cooperation between the cia and the contras.
Kerry's vindication in the contra drug case did not come until 1998, when inspectors general at the cia and justice department reviewed their files in connection with allegations published by the san jose mercury news that the contra-cocaine pipeline had contributed to the crack epidemic that ravaged inner-city neighborhoods in the 1980s.