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The Cocaine International

by fpman

Interesting news from Albania.

Former Albanian Communist leader Enver Hoxha’s nephew, Ermal Hoxha, was arrested yesterday during a police raid on a cocaine laboratory in the village of Xibrake, south of the Albanian capital Tirana. Over a 100 kg of cocaine and four tons of additive materials were seized, and two Colombian citizens were also netted in the operation, preceded by a joint investigation of German and Albanian police.

The cocaine originates “from Cuba,” it is reported, although given the presence of Colombians one would think otherwise. Cuba may certainly have served as a transit point along the substance’s route to Europe, on its way towards Germany, though.

Drug cartels began making airdrops of cocaine along Cuba’s shores, for pickup by speedboats headed to Florida, a very long time ago. These drops have also proved sufficient to serve a good part of what domestic market there is for the substance in Cuba. It is small wonder if eventually some Cuban officials got involved and if participation in long-distance trade is a result in what is thus a more permissive environment for related transactions (with officials closing their eyes or actively joining).

If there truly is a link to Cuba in this particular case, a Hoxha’s involvement may possibly be further sign of this trend.

Even though both were Communist countries, Albania and Cuba did not have an entirely convenient link between each other during Communist times. Cuba was backed by the Soviets whom Albanians turned away from (in the post-Stalin period, for a mix of ideological and geopolitical reasons). Cuba and Albania did maintain ties, however, and people from one side may have known people from the other in the past in their case. Which means there may be some ideologically grounded fraternity (or at least the memory thereof) between them. And it also means that some of the people that these people knew in their own respective countries may now know each other, too — and may conspire, although this is purely speculation of course.

Hoxha_StalinRemember Stalin? The late Enver Hoxha at his desk, Stalin’s portrait hanging above his head

Dino Bouterse: Bad apple in the Big Apple?

by fpman

The following story reads like the script for a double episode of a crime show. Its 100% similarity with actual persons and events is the responsibility of those involved.

In the prequel: father serves in the Dutch Army, then goes home to the former Dutch colony of by-then-independent Suriname (1975). Takes part in a bloody coup d’état called the Sergeants’ Coup (1980). Leads a military regime for eleven years, handpicking nominal rulers of the country. While in power as leader of the junta, he is accused of having personally ordered or condoned some dreadful things, including the execution of his political opponents and revolting villagers. He heavily restricts political freedoms and even closes down the University of Suriname. To top this all off, he is, in 1999, sentenced to eleven years in abstentia in the Netherlands for involvement in the cocaine trade. An international arrest warrant is issued for him but he manages to avoid getting caught, and is, in 2010, elected as President of his sovereign country of Suriname.

That is Dési Bouterse’s story. End of Part One – to be continued.

Father has a son, and in the awesome second part we see son Dino get involved in the drugs trade himself, busted eventually in Panama after he offers US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents, posing as Hezbollah operatives, assistance with setting up a training site for Hezbollah in Suriname, in return for $2 million. Even obtains a false Surinamese passport for one of the people who approach him, as eventually he himself admits in court in New York (two days ago).

DinoBouterseDino Bouterse, a former official of the Surinamese government as head of anti-terrorism, seemed to have an inclination to take “anti-terrorism” matters into his own hands (source of the photo, with context)

Father (and President) Dési, “shocked” to hear of his son’s arrest, now says “My son is responsible for his own actions.”

Dési_and_Dino_BouterseFather and son (photo: AP).

Curtains.