Sometimes I just have to wonder if anybody actually investigates anything anymore – Honduras becomes hub for cocaine in Central America. Have they ever looked at a map of Central America?
You can read the article about Honduras here.
Lets take a looks see at what the reporters say the drug trafficking guys are doing.
So what the US Government (through the Associated Press article) is saying is that the drug trafficking guys are going straight from South America, bypassing all the islands along Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and going directly to Honduras on the Caribbean side of the country.
That’s close to a 1,000 miles in open water in a high-speed boat.
Now, having been in Panama and looked into going to Columbia by sailboat, that is a 3 to 4 day journey, depending on the winds and how many islands the captain decides to stop at.
Why would drug traffickers go all that distance without re-fueling along the way at one of the islands?
Whoops, then I read this article in Time World – Narco-Dividends: White Lobsters on the Mosquito Coast. Seems Bluefields, on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, has hit squads for the drug traffickers.
Why did the US Government not mention this nor the article by Associated Press?
Then the article goes on to say the drug trafficking lanes are becoming two-way lanes, because of the increased tourism is Costa Rica and Panama – drugs coming into those countries to feed the habits of the expat Americans, Europeans, Australians and Canadians.
LOL – the war on drugs is such a stupid idea.
Anywho, getting back to Honduras.
So, the area it’s being shipped into is around Trujillo. There is one decent road into that town. The other roads are in terrible shape – and not paved. So, if the drugs are going into Guatemala, there is one road to take.
Those yellow lines on the map are the roads going from Trujillo to San Pedro Del Sur, then to Copan Ruinas, where the US Government states the drugs go into Guatemala. (The other two roads heading south-westerly, are in terrible shape. I was told if I saw a hat in the road, it was probably some guy in the bed of a pickup truck that was stuck.) There are just not that many options coming from the mosquito coast.
I really have to laugh – there is only one road – and a simple road block ends the game for the traffickers. How can they get by that much of security on a single road?
No doubt about it – there is a problem of drugs going through Honduras.
I think, though, that the reason for the article is three-fold.
1) They fired the guy who was going around the President of Honduras and submitting his proposals directly to the Congress. This would be like a Cabinet Member submitting a bill to Congress without letting the President know about it. The guy they fired is now in the USA someplace, thanks to the US Government.
2) The President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both argued that the removal of the ex – president of Honduras was illegally. (He was used to give intel on what Chavez was doing in Venezuela. But, it turned out he was a double agent – he was letting Chavez know what the US was trying to do)
Yet, the Supreme Court of Honduras insisted that since the former president’s activities were unconstitutional, it required his removal. The National Police arrested him and put him on a plane to Costa Rica.
The Honduras constitution requires action of the Supreme Court to ask for the removal of the president when his actions go against the laws of the country. All parties involved followed the laws of the Honduran constitution.
3) The ex-president has returned to Honduras, and an election is going to take place within the year, I believe. Guess who the US Government wants back into power?
So, I find it interesting that the Associated Press decides to run this article about Honduras.
Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast is having very similar problems – with drugs going North and South.
Then you can investigate a little of Costa Rica and their islands along the Caribbean. I will bet the “white lobster” is alive and well within that locale as well.
Then you have the Darien District in Panama – the area that has no roads and stretches from Panama into Columbia.
If a person wants to go into that area by boat or plane, a special permit has to be obtained. This is an area that is “off-limits” according to the State Department. It is not because the locals are not friendly!
Drug traffickers use this route too, when moving drugs up to North America.
It just strikes me as odd, that this article would be printed now. The whole Caribbean side of Central America is used to move drugs. All the countries along the eastern side of Central America have to try to stop the flow of drugs, which is an impossible task.
Ron Paul has it right – legalize it all, tax the daylights out of it.
Honduras is a hub for cocaine, Nicaragua is a hub for cocaine, Belize is a hub for cocaine. The countries that are hubs, their citizens are too poor to buy the stuff!
It is all destined to America, and America ought to put an end to the trade and “the war”.
It is a “war”, that after 40 years, should end. Legalize it, dispense it and put a high tax on it.
Common sense needs to take the place of the political games that occur when “fighting the war on drugs”.
Cheers for now.