American-registered drug planes busted in Mexico carrying four and 5.5
tons of cocaine are just the "tip of
the iceberg" in a blockbuster
aviation deal which sold 50 American-registered aircraft to the
Sinaloa Cartel, the
MadCowMorningNews has learned.
According to an indictment released over the
holidays by Mexico’s Atty. General,
Pedro Alfonso Alatorre, already indicted as the cartel’s chief
financier, purchased the DC9 (N900SA) airliner, the Gulfstream II business jet
(N987SA), and 48 other planes not yet identified for Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel
with laundered drug money,
using a company he controls which owns
currency exchanges at major airports in Mexico.
Now we know who bought the
airplanes. The trickier question is: who sold them? The
answer, normally, would be, "Their local counterparts in international organized
But these aren't normal circumstances. Why?
Because the U.S. doesn't even have any Drug Lords. Ask anybody at
the DEA. Apparently, we don't even bother to field a team.
Elusive seldom-photographed American Drug Lords
News of a 50-plane fleet of drug
smuggling aircraft being sold to a Mexican Cartel by mysteriously unnamed
American owners confirms rumors of a mushrooming scandal, one which may
eventually implicate top officials in the U.S., Mexico, and Colombia.
The reason was left unspoken in the Mexican
Atty. General’s statement, because it lies on the American
side of the equation, in the identity of the sellers of the planes...
DC9 and the Gulfstream II, the two American jets now known to
part of a 50-plane sale, share
The stock of two corporations which owned the planes was used in the massive
Khashoggi-led stock fraud.
Khashoggi, currently a fugitive from justice
in the case, engineered the biggest brokerage bankruptcy in America since the
Great Depression, costing investors
and taxpayers over $300 million.
With gas prices over $3 a gallon, you
wouldn't think the Saudi billionaire needed the money. So, what did 'they' do
with the money?
Upcoming Presidential elections, perhaps?
The operation was manned by “retired” CIA and
military intelligence personnel, had close ties to major Bush backers and the
national Republican Party, (Sen. Mel Martinez, until recently the
Chairman of the GOP, flew free on Skyway’s Cocaine One DC9 during the crucial
final two weeks of his campaign in Florida for the Senate.)
And with seeming impunity the
operation engaged in
multi-ton load drug trafficking, as well as
massive financial fraud.
What began as a minor scandal without fanfare
in April of 2006 with the bust of an American-registered DC-9 airliner carrying
5.5 tons of cocaine on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula gathered momentum when a
Gulfstream business jet flying out of the same airport was
busted in the Yucatan 18 months later carrying 4 tons of cocaine.
level of citizen outrage increased with the crash-landing of the second American
plane. With the news that the number of American planes sold to Mexican drug
traffickers was not just one or two planes—but 50—the scandal is
now threatening to mushroom into something much larger.
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brazen fleet-sized sale of American planes to Mexican drug traffickers has huge
"The extraordinary similarity,” to use the
phrase used by Mexican newspaper Por Esto, between the DC9 airliner and the
The American owners of the drug planes have
suffered no adverse consequences whatsoever to date.
If you own
an airliner or business jet discovered hauling
into the U.S., literally by the ton,
authorities are sympathetic. They know the hazards unauthorized charter flights
pose to innocent business owners, and the confusion that can result when you've
inadvertently purchased an airplane from someone known to be involved with
"Our Story Thus Far"
this amazing information begins to sink in—that
owning a drug plane may have little downside and be a terrific hedge against
coming hard times—a
brief recap of "Our Story Thus Far" may be in order.
Two American-registered airplanes with clear
ties to the U.S. Government—a DC9 airliner (N900SA) painted to resemble an
airplane from the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, and a Gulfstream business jet
(N987SA) formerly used by the CIA for renditions—were busted
in Mexico 18 months apart carrying
multi-ton loads of cocaine .
Both planes flew from St.
Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to
Mexico, then on to Colombia, where they loaded the cocaine, before being
caught on their return journey to (supposedly) Fort Lauderdale, stopping
to refuel on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Just before both plane's ill-fated final
flights, the “ownership” papers were shuffled around
like peas being moved underneath shells on a card table in a billion dollar game
of three-card monte by people known as
Bush Rangers, cardboard-thin cutouts
the MadCowMorningNews learned
from an FAA official that neither of
the two “aircraft brokers” bought or sold any other planes during the entire year.
They aren’t really “aircraft brokers.”
Aircraft brokers buy and sell planes.
They’re “cut-outs,” a spy trade
term for the layers of insulation relied on to provide plausible deniability.
They play a critical role in the cover story, shielding the
true owners from scrutiny.
Both busted airplanes give every indication of having
been involved in a “protected” drug trafficking operation. Imagine the surprise and shock
back in the Home Office. No wonder the cover story is, in many
places, exceedingly thin.
Almost two weeks before
the Mexico’s Atty. General’s announcement in early November that both planes had
been used in the same drug smuggling operation,
readers of the MadCowMorningNews
already knew of connections between the two downed American drug planes, and
The "W" Connection
Stephen Adams, a secretive Midwestern media baron and Republican
fund-raiser, owned the Gulfstream II at the same time he was personally
purchasing one million dollars of billboard advertising for George W. Bush
during the 2000 Presidential Campaign.
Adams was also in business, in two separate
companies, with Michael Farkas, the man who founded SkyWay Aircraft, which owned
the DC9. Both men control companies used in Adnan Khashoggi’s $300 million stock
The multi-ton drug busts, as well as the
numerous murders already surrounding the case, are part of a continuing
between rival Mexican drug cartels allied with dueling factions contesting
Mexico's unsettled political landscape.
The contest has so far resulted in more than
2500 murders in Mexico last year.
internecine drug war is a hotter theater of operations than Iraq.
for Equal Justice Under Law
a bank robber steals a few thousand dollars before holing up with a hostage,
does the FBI take more than eighteen months before divulging the name of the
Certain cases involving politically-connected
Americans suspected of involvement in drug smuggling, through ownership of drug
smuggling aircraft, seem to be being treated, not as crimes,
but as urgent matters of national security.
But the American owners of the two airplanes
busted in Mexico do not look like innocent victims of mean and nasty Mexican
drug traffickers, but their American counterparts...
the elusive and almost never-photographed American Drug Lords.
The Gulfstream, for example, picked up its
multi-load of cocaine at the international airport in Rio Negro, just outside of
Medellin. Although the city became famous as Pablo Escobar’s
hometown, today Medellin is known for being current Colombian President Alvaro
Uribe’s home turf…
So it wasn’t FARC dope.
is no way the shipment can be blamed on the guerrillas, which
may yet prove inconvenient if—after all the pieces are fitted into the
puzzle—government-to-government drug connections are visible
between the U.S. and Colombian governments.
An official issue get-out-of-jail-free card
The first plane to go down was a DC9 airliner
(N900SA) which left Colombia carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine
The DC9’s owner regularly engaged in illegal,
and as yet unpunished, activity, as if he had an official issue
Forgetting legal niceties--like "don't sell a
plane you don't own, dude"-- the DC9
was passed from “Skyway Aircraft” to a company controlled
by a company insider, “Royal Sons LLC.”
But the real owner of the plane at the time
was the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa. And they weren’t even told of the sale.
Maybe it helped their legal cause that
Skyway's Chairman, Glenn Kovar, had been a
U.S. Forest Service employee who boasted of long-standing ties to the CIA.
of the firm’s top executives, including its President, have backgrounds in U.S.
military intelligence. That probably didn't hurt either.
Paint your car like a police car! Comes with own siren!
DC9 was painted with the distinctive blue-and-white with gold trim used by
official U.S. Government planes, and an official-looking U.S. Seal, featuring
the familiar Federal eagle clutching an olive brand, had been painted alongside
If you look closely, however, the legend
wrapping around the outer edge of the Seal says “SkyWay Aircraft:
Protection of America’s Skies.”
Still, most who saw the DC9 sitting on the
apron of the St-Petersburg Clearwater International Airport figured the aircraft
belonged to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.
The DC9 was clearly impersonating an aircraft
from the Dept of Homeland Security. Yet it sat unmolested by authorities at the
St Pete-Clearwater Intl' Airport, parked less than a hundred yards from the US
Coast Guard's major Caribbean Basin Air Facility.
Skyway’s SUV's, by contrast, were painted with
a bogus U.S. Government Seal were pulled over by local police, and
ordered to remove
Or pretty well-connected?
intriguing fact is that several years ago Skyway's listed address in plane ads
was a hanger at Huffman Aviation at the Venice Fl. Airport. Huffman trained
both pilots who took down the World Trade Center, Mohamed Atta and Marwan
Al-Shehhi, to fly.
The Gulfstream II (N987SA)
The biggest clue to date to the true identity
of the individuals or organization operating behind the scenes is in the name of
the dummy front company which was the last registered owner of the Gulfstream
business jet that crash-landed with 4 tons of cocaine may lie in the firm's
"Donna Blue Aircraft" is
"DBA," for "doing business as," the kind
of clever nomenclature "the boys" are
When we visited
the company’s listed address, it was in an
empty office suite with a blank sign out front.
What This is Really All About
Mankind’s knowledge about who owns large
commercial and business jets which get
busted carrying narcotics appears severely limited for several reasons.
It is completely governed, like the movement of subatomic quarks, by
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, with one teensy change.
fluctuates with the level of influence the plane's owner is able to exert.
Prospects are especially poor of ever identifying the owners of planes associated with
national Republican figures.
The whole business, suggested a story from the
Associated Press, rather quickly moves
beyond the realm of human ken.
“How the U.S.-registered Gulfstream ended up
in the hands of suspected drug traffickers remains a mystery,” the AP reported.
And not by accident, either.