Latest Honduran headlines – cocaine hub for Central America

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.

Drug traffic map from south america

South America to Honduras

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.

Drug Smugglers lanes

Map of drug smugglers routes

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.

About John Wilson

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11 Responses to Latest Honduran headlines – cocaine hub for Central America

  1. Gar says:

    Yesterday, in answer to eight separate petitions with over a 160,000 signatures on the “We the People” White House website requesting the legalization, control, and taxation of marijuana Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, posted an answer speaking for President Obama. Here is the link:

    If you don’t want to read it, I can tell you what it said, “Not NO! HELL NO!”

  2. When I was on Utila scuba diving, I heard about the special ops unit Nicaragua has stationed on the tiny island to combat the drug planes flying through. It is such a big problem for that part of the world.

  3. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for your input Gar,
    Ron Paul is correct – legalize it, tax it, and dispense it.
    Typical mind set of the powers that be that control the citizens of the USA.
    Glad I left – it will get worse before it gets better.
    John D. Wilson

  4. John Wilson says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Yes, big problem for drugs heading to the USA. If it was not for that demand from the USA, it would not be much of a problem.
    19 Billion dollars spent on “education” and “rehabilitation in Obama’s administration.
    Does not include monies spent to try and stop the flow of drugs.
    Something has to change after 40 years of a “war” that has been lost. MOre drugs than ever are flowing into the USA.
    US government needs a leader to change the whole policy.
    Notice they put restrictions on getting US currency in Argentina – something to do with taxes not being paid by 40% of the population. Interesting!
    John D. Wilson

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  6. stevie says:

    I totally agree: the war on drugs cannot be won. Legalize and tax it, then spend the revenue on education, rehabilitation, community outreach programs, job creation, healthcare, the arts….you know, good things that empower people so they don’t want to do drugs.

  7. John Wilson says:

    HI Stevie,
    You, Tree and I agree on this one, no doubt about it!
    Silly stuff if you read Gar’s link on the response from the White House about legalizing marijuana.
    Big brother protecting us against ourselves – or so the story goes.
    Play nice and travel safely in Peru!
    John D. Wilson

  8. Hi John,

    The inaccuracy of Press Articles sometimes baffles me, and it’s not just articles from low level publications either.

    Just last week I read an article about a new Solar Power Plant investment initiative which is taking place in Namibia. The article opens by saying that Namibia is a country in South Africa…. One glance at a map would have told the author that they were a tad off.

    I wonder if the research is being set aside for the sake of getting something out to press quickly, or if some journos are just plain lazy and ill-informed.

  9. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for taking the time to read the post and leave a comment.
    I think the problems are many for journalists.
    1) Ignorance of geography, life styles and cultures
    2) Relying on outside contacts without doing any investigating.
    3) Laziness
    Look at the fiasco in the financial industry is a prime example – MF Global being the latest “miscall”. Prior to the Monday before filing bankruptcy, CNBC was having guests on their “business news” show, touting how well MF Global was financed.
    Similar to Bush and Bernanke telling the American people that the banking system was fine weeks before the financial bailouts and credit halt.
    Investigative journalism seems to be as extinct as the dinosaur.
    Play nice and travel safely!
    John D. Wilson

  10. Legalizing and taxing makes so much more sense because it puts the money back into our economy instead of in the pockets of some murderous drug kingpin or network of dope smugglers. We’ve seen this before with prohibition, and legalizing and taxing alcohol pretty much took billions of $$ away from organized crime cartels and forced them to find other ways to make money. This “war on drugs” is and always has been a joke and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and US resources.

  11. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment
    Greatly appreciated!
    John D. Wilson

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