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00-00-01 96-08-18 CIA Drug Trafficking of Crack Cocaine to Los Angeles County, By Gary Webb, San Jose Mercury News

00-00-01 96-08-18 CIA Drug Trafficking of Crack Cocaine to Los Angeles County, By Gary Webb, San Jose Mercury News

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Human Rights Alert 
PO Box 526, La Verne, CA 91750Fax: 323.488.9697; Email: jz12345@earthlink.net
 
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00-00-01 96-08-18 CIA Drug Trafficking of Crack Cocaine to Los Angeles County, by
GaryWebb,
San Jose Mercury News
Attached:1) Dark Alliance Day One:America's 'crack' plague has roots in Nicaragua war
Colombia-San Francisco Bay Area drug pipeline helped finance CIA-backed Contras
2) Dark Alliance Day Two:Shadowy origins of 'crack' epidemic
 Role of CIA-linked agents a well-protected secret until now
3) Dark Alliance Day Three:War on drugs has unequal impact on black Americans
Contra case illustrates the discrepancy: Nicaraguan goes free; L.A. dealer faces life
4) Dark Alliance Postscript:Dealer's sentencing postponed
 Lawyer gets time to seek documents on alleged CIA-crack link 
 
 
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America's 'crack' plaguehas roots in Nicaragua war
Colombia-San Francisco Bay Area drug pipeline helped finance CIA-backed Contras
Published: Aug. 18, 1996
BY GARY WEBB
Mercury News Staff Writer
FOR THE BETTER PART
of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring soldtons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneledmillions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. CentralIntelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found.This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and theblack neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the "crack'' capital of theworld. The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America
and provided the cash and connections needed for L.A.'s gangs to buy automaticweapons.It is one of the most bizarre alliances in modern history: the union of a U.S.-backed armyattempting to overthrow a revolutionary socialist government and the Uzi-toting"gangstas'' of Compton and South-Central Los Angeles.
Testimonylinks U.S. todrugs-gunstrade
 Dealers got their 'own littlearsenal' 
The army's financiers -- who met with CIA agents both before and during the time theywere selling the drugs in L.A. -- delivered cut-rate cocaine to the gangs through a youngSouth-Central crack dealer namedRicky Donnell Ross.Unaware of his suppliers' military and political connections, "FreewayRick" -- a dope dealer of mythic proportions in the L.A. drug world-- turned the cocaine powder into crack and wholesaled it to gangsacross the country.
Biographicalinformation onRick RossMore photos of Rick Ross
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The cash Ross paid for the cocaine, court records show, was thenused to buy weapons and equipment for a guerrilla army named theFuerza Democratica Nicaraguense (Nicaraguan Democratic Force)or FDN, the largest of several anti-communist commonly called theContras.While the FDN's war is barely a memory today, black America is still dealing with itspoisonous side effects. Urban neighborhoods are grappling with legions of homelesscrack addicts. Thousands of young black men are serving long prison sentences forselling cocaine -- a drug that was virtually unobtainable in black neighborhoods beforemembers of the CIA's army started bringing it into South-Central in the 1980s atbargain-basement prices.And the L.A. gangs, which used their enormous cocaine profits to arm themselves andspread crack across the country, are still thriving, turning entire blocks of major citiesinto occasional war zones."There is a saying that the ends justify the means,'' former FDNleader and drug dealerOscar Danilo Blandon Reyestestified during arecent cocaine trafficking trial in San Diego. "And that's what Mr.Bermudez (the CIA agent who commanded the FDN) told us inHonduras, OK? So we started raising money for the Contrarevolution.''Recently declassified reports, federal court testimony, undercovertapes, court records here and abroad and hundreds of hours of interviews over the past12 months leave no doubt that Blandon was no ordinary drug dealer.
Biographicalinformation onDanilo BlandonBlandon'stestimony
 100K AIFF 301K WAVShortly before Blandon -- who had been the drug ring's Southern California distributor -- took the stand in San Diego as a witness for the U.S. Department of Justice, federalprosecutors obtained acourt order preventing defense lawyersfrom delving into his tiesto the CIA.Blandon, one of the FDN's founders in California, "will admit that he was a large-scaledealer in cocaine, and there is no additional benefit to any defendant to inquire as to theCentral Intelligence Agency,'' Assistant U.S. Attorney L.J. O'Nealeargued in his motionshortly before Ross' trial on cocaine trafficking charges in March.
Motion topreclude referenceto CIAinvolvement
The most Blandon would say in court about who called the shots when he sold cocainefor the FDN was that "we received orders from the -- from other people.''The 5,000-man FDN, records show, was created in mid-1981 when the CIA combinedseveral existing groups of anti-communist exiles into a unified force it hoped would
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