October 21, 1996 |
In 1986, when federal and local anti-drug agents raided his Mission Viejo home, cocaine trafficking suspect Ronald J. Lister met officers in his bathrobe and warned that they were making a mistake, that he "worked with the CIA, and . . . his friends in Washington weren't going to like what was going on." According to a Los Angeles County sheriff's report on the incident, when deputies dismissed Lister's claim, he threatened to report them to his contact at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.
May 7, 1988 |
An attorney pressing a suit in Miami accusing Contras and U.S officials of running a guns-for-drugs smuggling ring accused some of the defendants of "running covert operations for Bush" when he was CIA director in 1976. Daniel Sheehan, an attorney for the Washington-based Christic Institute, said Friday that some potential witnesses feared retribution if they testified about the operations.
May 29, 1987 |
The chairman of the House select committee on narcotics said Thursday that he is trying to learn whether there is a link between contra supply flights and drug smuggling but contended the Justice Department and CIA are stonewalling his panel. Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), the chairman, commented after Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III refused to allow Drug Enforcement Agency officials to participate in a private briefing for his committee.
July 29, 1988
A federal drug agent testified he was told that a White House aide leaked details of one of the government's most sensitive cocaine investigations--thus ending it prematurely--in order to expose drug smuggling by the Nicaraguan government. Ernest Jacobsen, an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said that following the leak in July, 1984: "I heard from my superiors the leak came from an aide in the White House."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1996
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno says a preliminary inquiry by the Department of Justice does not substantiate published allegations that the CIA acted in support of a Northern California drug ring that smuggled cocaine from Latin America to South-Central Los Angeles. Last month, the San Jose Mercury News published a series of articles saying the CIA blocked efforts by other agencies to stem the drug ring in the mid-1980s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1996
About 1,000 demonstrators and community leaders participated in a protest Thursday night to attack reports that the CIA may have eased the way for the U.S.-backed Contras to distribute crack cocaine in South-Central Los Angeles. The candlelight vigil was held outside Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where speakers described the devastating effects of crack cocaine on the black community, including homelessness, joblessness, violence and drug-addicted babies. Rep.