Raul Castro's Idea of 'Free Enterprise': Drug Smuggling?
‚ÄúRaul has been in charge of the military and the economy,‚ÄĚ Mitchell explained to the August 2 ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ show audience, calling Fidel‚Äôs younger brother ‚Äúpolitically hard-line but more open than his brother to free enterprise, including foreign investment.‚ÄĚ
She might be on to something, after all.
‚ÄúFederal 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,‚ÄĚ ABC‚Äôs Brian Ross and Vic Walter reported on August 14.
‚ÄúThe 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
Castro‚Äôs involvement is likely ongoing noted Ross and Walter, quoting an unnamed federal law enforcement official saying that ‚Äúthe U.S. Coast Guard can‚Äôt go after them in Cuban waters.‚ÄĚ