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DEA Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena case still not forgotten

On August 5, 2016, the Baltimore Post-Examiner published DEA Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena case not forgotten.

Premiering on Sunday June 18 and running four consecutive nights the History Channel is set to air the documentary, ‘America’s War on Drugs.’

The documentary will delve into the involvement of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in drug trafficking.

When I heard that the documentary may highlight the CIA’s complicity in the drug trade I knew I had to contact former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, Michael Levine, to inquire if he had any input into the documentary.

Levine is a New York Times best-selling author who has written the books Undercover, The Big White Lie, Deep Cover and Triangle of Death.

CBS’s 60 Minutes called Levine “America’s top undercover agent for 25 years.”

Anyone who has read any of Levine’s books knows that for years since his retirement Levine has accused the CIA and other factions of the US government in not only being complicit in the international drug trade but also compromising major investigations that were conducted by the DEA.

“They interviewed me for four hours or so. I spoke about Kiki’s murder and both the Mexican government’s involvement and the actions of individual DEA bosses to protect the killers from Operation Trifecta, as covered in my book, Deep Cover,” Levine said.

“The question is, how much of that interview, if any, will they show? Remains to be seen,” said Levine.

Levine stated that in 1985 when Kiki Camarena was murdered he was still working for the DEA and when the torture tapes of Camarena surfaced, he asked officials during a meeting at DEA headquarters how was it that the CIA came up with the tapes of Camarena, how did they get them. “I was met with dead silence,”  Levine said.

When I wrote the story last August I highlighted comments that were made in 2013 by former DEA officials, Hector Berrellez and Phil Jordan.

After the murder of Camarena it was alleged that not only were factions of the Mexican government involved but also American Intelligence.

“Camarena was kidnapped and murdered because he came up with the idea that we needed to chase the money not the drugs.” “The CIA was the source of the tapes. They gave them to us. Obviously, they were there, or at least some of their contract workers were there.” “Kiki was sacrificed because it was thought that he was on to them,” Hector Berrellez said.

Phil Jordan said, “the CIA was involved in the movement of drugs from South America to Mexico and to the U.S.”

Former CIA contract pilot, Robert Plumlee, who also spoke in 2013 stated that he and three other pilots smuggled about 40 tons of cocaine into the United States including right into El Toro Marine Air Base in southern California and Homestead Air Force Base in Florida and that the operations were controlled out of the Pentagon and the CIA acted in some cases as their logistical support team.

Chasing down the money in drug trafficking at the time as Kiki Camarena wanted to do, would have exposed Oliver North’s Iran-Contra operation.

Oliver North’s own notes and other documents later revealed that North and other White House officials at the time were fully aware of the Contra’s drug trafficking operations into the United States and supported those operations.

A former US Marine told me last year that Oliver North is the biggest disgrace to ever wear a Marine Corps uniform.

Mike Levine supports what Hector Berrellez and Phil Jordan said.

Levine told me they knew it was true but the mainstream media has refused over the years to cover it.

Levine said Robert Plumlee testified in a closed-door session of Congress, so what does that tell you.

“I’m hopeful that they put in this show what I told them,” Levine said.


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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.
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