Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is under investigation for his involvement in a drug deal worth over $54 million. Investigators discovered that he was connected to possible drug traffickers, and regularly used a private airplane that was caught attempting to transport large amounts of cocaine internationally.
In 2013, two French pilots were captured as they attempted to fly 680 kilos of cocaine out of the Dominican Republic in an airplane that is closely tied to Sarkozy and a company owned by one of his very close associates. Just last week, these pilots escaped from the country and are nowhere to be found. Many suspect that high-ranking politicians were able to use their clout to help them escape.
The judge in the case ordered that two cellphones owned by Sarkozy be seized by police, as well as his phone records, and even his GPS location data. It is likely that investigators will attempt to use the GPS location data to place Sarkozy at the scene of the crime during the time that one of the large deals was happening.
The court order demanded “details of telephone lines used by Nicolas Sarkozy and his entourage in the period March 2013 and March 2014,” as well as “detailed bills” and “geolocalization for the months of March and April 2013.”
The Dassault Falcon 50 jet that was raided on a Dominican Republic Airfield on March 19, 2013, was regularly used by Sarkozy, and there is a trail of paperwork connecting him and his associates to the aircraft. He is also known to have been on the jet on several different occasions while the operations were occurring, flying at least three times between December 2012 and February 2013. Ironically enough, he was taking those flights to defend himself in corruption cases that were entirely unrelated to the drug smuggling.
After the pilots were able to escape prosecution, French newspapers reported that they had the help of an “unknown politician” and a number of former naval intelligence officers.
Sarkozy is well-known for his history of corruption and has been facing numerous criminal charges since he lost his presidential immunity from prosecution in 2012. However, Sarkozy still plans on running for president in 2017, and he believes that he is popular enough to get elected.
This may seem out of the ordinary, but we actually regularly report on politicians all over the world getting caught up in drug smuggling scandals.
Just last week, we reported that a Saudi Prince was caught with over 2 tons of amphetamines on his private jet. Last year we reported that a boat with ties to US politicians Mitch McConnell was found with 90 pounds of cocaine onboard.
Meanwhile, just last month, former British Territorial Army mechanic Anthony C Heaford released a report, and a series of photos which he says proves that British troops are harvesting Opium in Afghanistan.
Heaford’s report is just the most recent of many, and government drug trafficking is so widespread that more cases are surfacing all the time.
In September of 2007, a CIA jet crashed in Mexico with 3.2 tons of cocaine onboard. The jet was on its way from Bolivia when it was spotted by Mexican helicopters that followed in pursuit. The chase resulted in the crash of the jet and the seizure of the cocaine.
Upon inspecting the wreckage site, the Mexican authorities found no body or survivors but did find several thousand pounds of cocaine. The serial numbers on the plane were eventually traced back to a company that transported terrorists for the US government. This story is not uncommon, there have been many cases where government planes have crashed in south and Central America with tons of illegal drugs onboard.
On April 10, 2006, Mexican police seized a DC-9 aircraft that was carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine, flight records showed this aircraft to be another CIA “terrorist transport” plane that was used to transport drugs. The pilot of the DC-9 aircraft also managed to escape from Mexican authorities.
Many times in recent history, the CIA has expanded its drug cartel to include the US military. During the Vietnam War, the US government used their occupation as a basis for covert drug operations, which in turn helped fund the war and other secret projects. Drugs were transported on military aircraft and brought back to America, where they were eventually sold to the mafia and distributed on the streets.
The same techniques are being applied today during the occupation of Afghanistan. When the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, there was an immediate hike in the amount of heroin that was flowing out of the country. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, after the US invasion in 2001 opium production in Afghanistan rose from 7,606 hectares in 2001 to 193,000 hectares in 2007. Now that the CIA has control of Afghanistan, 93% of the world’s heroin comes from inside its borders.
According to the UN, opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan reached record levels at 224,000 hectares in 2014.
It is certainly no coincidence that in recent history we have seen a surge of drug exportation from war-torn countries that were being occupied by western nations. During the Vietnam War, the area surrounding Vietnam was known as “The Golden Triangle,” a hotbed for heroin production. Now the Golden Triangle has taken a back seat to the “Golden Crescent,” which refers to the area in and around Afghanistan of course.