2016 election decides who controls the drug trade

In the Presidential Election of 2016, Republican and Democratic insiders are wrestling like two dogs over a bone over who controls the illegal drug trade.


To the victor go the spoils. Who wins the election wins control of America’s vast drug bazaar, largest in the world, whose proceeds prop up lucky bankers and politicians lapping at the trough of  the biggest richest slush fund in the history of the world.

It’s the smart play

treasure-thisIt’s the biggest business in the world, and the No. 1 industry on the face of the planet, in terms of foreign trade. And if you didn’t know that about the illegal drug trade, then the vast amounts spent on propaganda and disinformation every year in the so-called “War on Drugs” is working.

The first industry to globalize vertically was the illegal drug business. It’s an open question whether drug trafficking drove globalization, or the other way around.

Negotiated by Bill Clinton, the chief beneficiary of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)—by dollar volume and impact on the economy—was the drug trade.


The Democrats, committed to globalization, will continue to farm out transportation and money laundering to, among others,  minions of Mexico’s President Enrique Nieto Pena, cronies of retired Colombian strongman Alvaro Uribe, and a host of eager bankers from the world’s largest banks.

Will a Republican victory will bring back Oliver North? No, it’ll be a Trump Administration appointee with a certain erect posture and short-but-stylishly-cut hair,  chosen to occupy the Oliver North seat on the National Security Council.

The Enterprise Lives. And prospers.


Why there’s no Global War on Johnnie Walker Red

Although America’s sun is slowly sinking  below the horizon, the country still boasts the biggest and the best illegal drug delivery pipeline on the planet, so efficient it’s sick, the and envy of the world. The UK and Europe may be nipping at our heels, growing bigger vis a vis the U.S. as drug consumers, but the U.S. remains the biggest market.

This market is what we sell to the world; one of a few businesses where we’re still No. 1, along with financial services, which basically means meaning laundering drug money, and movies based on comic books.

Here’s a statistic from the UN’s World Drug Report for 2016:


207,000 drug-related deaths globally.

Compare that with this fact from the UN’s World Health Organization:

a“In 2012, 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9 percent of all global deaths, were due to alcohol consumption.”

If the U.S. cares about the health of its citizens we’ll soon have a Liquor Enforcement Administration(an LEA), with approximately sixteen times the funding that the War on Drugs receives every year, which is 40 billion dollars.

Too-big-to-jail-668x501That’s within reach of the Pentagon budget; its safe to say it ain’t gonna happen.

It doesn’t happen, becauses of the banks, and also because, as the UN World Drug Report also states, and flatly, worldwide people spend more money on drugs every day than on food.

Yup. You can look it up.

An even bigger reason: Global Too Big to Jail Banks.


London’s Financial Times has warning for global elite

global-eliteEven when you think you’re talking about something else, you’re talking about drugs, even if you don’t know it. London’s Financial Times briefly surfaced from the 19th Century with a headline reading “Global elites must heed the warning of populist rage’

“The explanation for the prolonged stagnation in real incomes are repeated financial crises and subsequent weak recoveries, which have destroyed popular confidence in the competence and moral principles, honesty, and decency of the elite.”

The greedy parasitic elite that betrayed the middle class, and the country.

popThe Times continues, “The role of finance is excessive. The financial system remains riddled with perverse incentives.”

Without drug money there is no financialization. Because the banks by themselves don’t have the capital. Some say that sounds like a good thing.


“Air America meets  Traffic meets Pineapple Express”

A steady diet of movies like the upcoming ‘Mena’ starring Tom Cruise playing the supposedly-swashbuckling former Air America  pilot Barry Seal, has given the movie-going public the idea that the real action in the illegal drug trade is in drug trafficking.


That’s not the case. The real action is in money laundering. Because if you can’t wash clean the money you end up with, it quickly becomes useless to anyone with more long-term goals than throwing the biggest party or longest orgy the world has ever seen. And because money weighs more than drugs—and is way more bulky unless you’re smuggling marijuana which is today considered more out of the stone age than old school.

So there’s a problem. Providing a solution are casinos, bodegas, cambios, Western Union, grocery stores, restaurants, even dry cleaners, and banks. Especially banks. If they weren’t laundering drug money, HSBC, JP Morgan, Barclays and Bank of America would have already gone the way of Mario Brothers or YAHOO, which makes news only when pieces are sold off in foreclosure.


Three brief moments  in time in the drug trade

2A Turkish boat carrying a massive 3.2 tonnes of high purity cocaine hidden in a ballast tank at the front of the MV Hamal was busted 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast.

It was a record $673 million (£512 million) cocaine haul.The captain and second in command—Mumin Sahin and Emin Ozmen—were convicted, and sent to prison.

The Captain and the second in command” are the drug trade’s equivalent of David Letterman Show favorites Mujibur and Sirajul, who ran a t-shirt shop in a tiny frontage near the Ed Sullivan Theater. They were ordinary people who Letterman found exceptional just because there were so ordinary.

Is there a shortage of people ready to take a chance smuggling a half-billion cargo?  Is that the plan?


“Operation SCREENPLAY” gets a tentative green light

hqdefaultOPERATION Screenplay will go down as one of the all-time great UK drug busts,” enthused John McGowan, head of border investigations.

“To put it in perspective, the total seizure of cocaine by all police forces in England and Wales in 2014-15 was 3.4 tons. That was for everything.  This single seizure was 3.2 tons.”

In a blatant pitch for more government funding—so that he could presumably really go to town, he added, “And all we had was intelligence from the French that there was a considerable quantity of cocaine on board.”

The paper seemed not so sure. The report ended, “Despite the size of the seizure, anecdotal evidence suggests police did not record a dip in the amount of cocaine on our streets.”


Playing whack-a–mole around the world

spanningAn expert who testified at their trial about “recognised trade routes” for shipping cocaine was perhaps a little too candid. He told the jury:

“It is now south of Venezuela and Guyana because of a lot of enforcement activity by the USA patrolling the coast. It’s massive importation – unprecedented in my experience.”

Those sneaky traffickers. Always playing whack-a-mole.

Cocaine production in Colombia increased dramatically—shooting up a staggering 46 percent—last year.  The country now has the resources to produce 712 tons of cocaine annually. Growth exploded in lawless areas in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the north and in the Amazon region, on the Venezuelan and Ecuadorean borders and along the Pacific coast.

But cultivation dropped in central Colombia, where the people running  both Colombia’s government and drug trade live.  Imagine that.


The Mexican Navy left with many barrels of zesty condiments

The Mexican navy found 13 tons of cocaine inside barrels of hot sauce in Manzanillo, 500 miles west of Mexico City. The barrels filled with condiment and cocaine were believed to belong to the Sinaloa Cartel.


A week earlier, busy Mexican sailors discovered almost a ton of cocaine—more than 900 keys—floating in the open sea off the coast of Chiapas.

A ton of cocaine. Just… floating…100 miles from shore.


The world’s richest industries

The illegal drug trade has yearly revenues exceeding the 946 billion in annual revenue of Walmart, Microsoft, Google, Ebay, and British Petroleum, combined. How much money an industry makes is the best rule of thumb for how much clout that industry exerts on the countries in which it operates.  In the U.S., and almost everywhere else, it’s a cash cow of almost unimaginable proportions.

The richest industries are all based on assets we use in our daily lives. Computers, entertainment,  oil, shopping, drugs. According to therichest.com, “They are industries we give our hard-earned money to out of necessity, desire, or a mix of the two. And they also tend to be the most valuable, and not just from a monetary standpoint.  Their value lies in the fact that they’re needed to help society advance and function smoothly.”

Imagine several hundred million people trying to get through Monday morning without coffee. Luckily, that won’t ever happen.



Daniel Hopsicker

Daniel Hopsicker is an investigative journalist and the author of two books on transnational crime, Welcome to Terrorland and Barry & the Boys.

14 Responses

  1. IoneSkye says:

    I love Daniel Hopsicker!!!

  2. IoneSkye says:

    He’s the greatest!
    Love him!

  3. Withheld for personal safety says:

    Article title says it all. Mr. Hopsicker, might you have an analysis of which administrations/factions of which administrations have targeted which drug cartels/mafia organizations?

  4. TellTheTruth-2 says:

    Interesting headline and article. http://opioids.com/timeline/in… shows control of the heroin gives great power to the controller. England controlled the world when it controlled the heroin. The Walsh Report https://fas.org/irp/offdocs/wa… gives a deeper understanding. Bush Sr merged the MOB and the CIA to control the drugs; however, if Bush Sr had won a 2nd term and Casper Weinberger had gone on trial, the lid would have been blown off Iran/Contra and Bush Sr. would have been impeached. Bush Sr HAD to lose and pardon the Iran/Contra perpetrators to cauterize it. Enter Bush Crime Family Lieutenant Bill Clinton to baby sit till Bush Jr grew up. Yes, Mena is a true story. After 911, Bush Jr’s # 1 job was to get the opioids (heroin) replanted in Afghanistan before winter. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The CIA helped the rebel Northern Army kick out the Taliban BEFORE the regular US Army showed up and Afghanistan has replaced the Golden Triangle as the # 1 producer of heroin. Today the Clinton Crime Family has dispatched Jeb Bush and it will be interesting to see how they do against upstart Donald Trump does. If President, will Trump keep his campaign promise to stop the heroin epidemic in the US or will he sell us out too? Time will only tell; but, we can be sure greed and drugs and money laundering will continue to be a national problem in the USA.

  5. Mike says:

    The war on drugs is just another way they found to make even more money off of illegal drugs. Still waiting for MSM news stories about American drug lords………

  6. B says:

    How can I get your books other than “Welcome to Terrorland?” I have this book. Of the hundreds and hundreds of books I’ve read and documentaries I’ve viewed, your book is without a doubt the most professionally cited, well-written, coherently presented account of activities that occurred in Florida and elsewhere. Please keep yourself safe.

  7. Bev says:

    How can I get your books other than “Welcome to Terrorland?” I have this book. Of the hundreds and hundreds of books I’ve read and documentaries I’ve viewed, your book is without a doubt the most professionally cited, well-written, coherently presented account of activities that occurred in Florida and elsewhere. Please keep yourself safe.

  8. MSimon says:

    Newt recently had some interesting things to say about heroin. And Congress passed his proposal. The vote was 92 to 2 in the Senate.

  9. Withheld for personal safety says:

    Lookin more and more like a return to the old guard – Quintero’s out and now http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexico-drug-lord-convicted-dea-agents-killing-house-arrest-ernesto-fonseca-carrillo/

    Doesn’t really matter who gets elected, it’s all Bush/Clinton. Through Pence we get Daniels and his ties to the Bush family are well documented.

    Mr. Hopsicker, Do you ever interact with your readers?

  10. MSimon says:

    As I have been saying for quite some time – Prohibition is on the way out. It no longer serves a useful purpose. I give some analysis here:


  11. larry shea says:

    Daniel, I wholeheartedly agree with you that, “The real action is in money laundering.”
    If the money laundering were to stop today, then the illicit and totally immoral drug trade would cease. However, much of the drug cash is washed through banks like the HSBC (Hong Kong, Shanghai Banking Corporation), for example, which was originally set up for the British opium dealers, such as the Sassoon family and Jardine Matheson for their proceeds from the Chinese opium trade. It would be virtually impossible to shut down that hefty flow of drug cash into the shiny vaults of the Rockefeller and Rothschild banks. The big banks need the cash, so that they don’t fail. They are thoroughly addicted to drug money and cannot survive without it.

    In his masterful work, “Opium, Empire and the Global Political Economy”, Carl A. Trocki makes the following statement in his introduction: “I argue here that without the drug [opium] there probably would have been no British Empire.” This is because the “Europeans became the most prominent producers and purveyors [of opium]. Foremost among them were the East India Company, its successor, the British colonial government of India and the community of British merchants who laid the economic foundation of the imperial economy.”

    I would argue that without the state-sponsored illegal drug trafficking of drugs [primarily heroin and cocaine] by the “company”, which is the CIA (Capitalist Imperialist Army) and their proprietary front companies, such as offshore banks and casinos, that there would definitely be no American Empire. DRUGS R’ U.S. We are the narcoland for all of the world and the leading laundromat for the worldwide trafficking of drugs.

    So, does it really matter which of the presidential candidates will be the biggest hog to pig down at the white-powder trough?

    The Clinton and Bush Crime Families have proven track records when it comes to generating the cash and logistics for the expansion of the American Empire. What expertise does Let’s-make-a-deal ‘Don’ Trump have to offer the American Empire and the “company” that is most responsible for creating it? Just that, the ‘Don’ is a wheeler and a dealer. He has a tight, close-knit family, casinos, Mafia connections, Russian mob connections, overseas businesses and larceny in his heart. Just like the Clintons and the Bushes, the truth means nothing to this consummate NYC con-artist. ‘Don’ Trump is all B.S., all of the time.

    This is not simply an uninformed opinion or a personal observation. Check out the following on-line references for yourself: “Who Towers Behind Trump”, by Michael Collins Piper; “Just What Were Donald Trump’s Ties to the Mob?”, by David Cay Johnston for Politico and Johnston’s book, “The making of Donald Trump”; “Donald Trump: A Mafia Don with a Pompadour”, by F. William Engdhal; “the Felonious Friends of Donald Trump”, by Rosslyn Smith at American Thinker. There is much more to learn about the swindling ‘Don’ and his business ties to the NYC Mafia on-line.

    I am particularly fond of some of the characters that are or have been the ‘Don’s’ close friends: people like Felix Sater (aka Satter), a stock swindler with ties to US intelligence and the son of a reputed Russian mobster; “Joey-no-socks Cinque, a questionable businessman, a colorful ‘ladies man’, a fence for stolen art work and a Mafia associate; Joseph Weichselbaum, a convicted big-time drug dealer, a close friend of the ‘Don’, owner of a former chopper service for the ‘Don’s’ high-rollers to and from Atlantic city. A big question is did the ‘Don’ have a piece of Weichselbaum’s drug action and was he laundering money for him through his casinos?

  12. Thomas says:

    Lots of interesting stuff at boilingfrogspost.com about heroin trafficing through Turkey.. and Graham Fuller (supposedly) ex-CIA guy involved in helping to bring Gulan to Pennsylvania with several billions of dollars and vast investments in American charter schools… all done on Clinton’s watch… Gulan… the guy Turkish president Erdogan accuses of running the coup that killed Abt 230 and wounded 1400.. Also Fuller’s daughter is/was married to one of the Tsarniev brothers of Marathon bomings infamy in Boston..

  13. Fact Collector says:

    Mr. Hopsicker,

    Thank you for your amazing website.

    As you know, accuracy and precision play important roles in journalism, especially in the context of extraordinary claims (even if easily believed). The inadvertent publication of information which can be easily shown to be incorrect can damage the trust so essential to journalists reporting upon extraordinary events, especially when original sources regarding the extraordinary events are difficult to verify or can be easily dismissed. Therefore, it appears you will be interested in the information below.

    The article above states, “Negotiated by Bill Clinton, the chief beneficiary of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)—by dollar volume and impact on the economy—was the drug trade.”

    However, other sources, such as the National Archives (https://www.archives.gov/files/presidential-libraries/events/pdf/calendar-june-2016.pdf), suggest that not Bill Clinton, but President George H.W. Bush negotiated the NAFTA, and that President Bush signed the agreement in a White House ceremony on December 17, 1992. However, it appears President Bill Clinton did sign “side agreements” to NAFTA (https://clinton6.nara.gov/1993/09/1993-09-14-remarks-by-clinton-and-former-presidents-on-nafta.html) on September 14, 1993.

    While it appears not to be put of character for G.H.W. Bush to sign the agreement, a careful reading of the full text of the NAFTA (www.sice.oas.org/trade/nafta/naftatce.asp) and its “side agreements,” might be useful in determining exactly how either, or both, facilitated the drug trade.

    Thank you again for your reporting.

  14. dianne shatin says:

    Sir, President Bill Clinton was not the signatory of NAFTA: According to Wikipedia, it was then President George Herbert Walker Bush. see Wikipedia “The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA; Spanish: Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, TLCAN; French: Accord de libre-échange nord-américain, ALÉNA) is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. The agreement came into force on January 1, 1994.[3]”