Raul Castro's Idea of 'Free Enterprise': Drug Smuggling?
âRaul has been in charge of the military and the economy,â Mitchell explained to the August 2 âTodayâ show audience, calling Fidelâs younger brother âpolitically hard-line but more open than his brother to free enterprise, including foreign investment.â
She might be on to something, after all.
âFederal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department officials tell ABC News,â ABCâs Brian Ross and Vic Walter reported on August 14.
âThe officials say Castro, as Cuban Defense Minister, permitted Colombian drug lords to pay for the use of Cuban waters and airstrips as staging grounds for smuggling runs into the
Castroâs involvement is likely ongoing noted Ross and Walter, quoting an unnamed federal law enforcement official saying that âthe U.S. Coast Guard canât go after them in Cuban waters.â