As has a former Los Angeles Police Department Narcotics Detective.

By guest contributor: Ian Stuart

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A former CIA officer, John Stockwell, as well as 2 former DEA officers, Michael Levine and Celerino Castillo III, have all written books that discussed CIA drug trafficking, and a former head (administrator) of the DEA, Robert Bonner, who was later also the head (commissioner) of the US Customs Service, also accused the CIA of drug trafficking, as did former DEA Supervisor and Special Agent Hector Berrellez, the former head of the DEA’s Centac (Central Tactical Unit), Dennis Dayle, and the late former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics detective Michael Ruppert, as I will explain in a moment.

Former CIA officer John Stockwell, whose rank was equivalent to an army colonel, discussed CIA heroin, cocaine, and marijuana trafficking in “The Praetorian Guard: The US Role in the New World Order” (South End Press, Boston, 1991).


You can read a section of his book which talked about the CIA’s covert involvement in the heroin, cocaine, and marijuana trade on page 119.


The CIA posted a “Highland Park News” Chicago area newspaper’s article about John Stockwell’s CIA drug trafficking allegations on its own website. The article began, “Through the CIA’s activities, the U.S. is supporting violence, drug trafficking, political assassinations and civil wars, charged John Stockwell, a former CIA official who spoke at Highland Park High School Sunday”. The article finished by saying, “He [Stockwell] is the highest ranked official to leave the CIA and go public with his criticism. He received the CIA’s Medal of Merit and is now its most outspoken critic.”

John Stockwell discussed CIA drug trafficking around the world at length in a 1988 cable TV programme.

The CIA also posted the whole of an anti-CIA magazine’s “The CIA & Drugs” issue on its website. The magazine, “Covert Action Information Bulletin”, was co-founded by former CIA officers Philip Agee, Elsie Wilcott, and James Wilcott.


Two former DEA officers, Michael Levine and Celerino Castillo III, have also accused the CIA of drug trafficking in their books.

25 year DEA veteran Michael Levine’s “The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic: An Undercover Odyssey” (Thunder’s Mouth Press, New York, 1993) is, as as the title suggests, about the CIA’s secret involvement in the cocaine/crack trade, and it also discusses the role which Nazi (Gestapo) war criminal Klaus Barbie played in helping the CIA to sell drugs. 

Michael Levine has discussed CIA drug trafficking on American TV programmes which you can watch here and here, while the former head (administrator) of the DEA from 1990-1993, Robert Bonner, who was also the head (commissioner) of the US Customs Service from 2001-2003, and the head of the US Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security from 2003-2005, has also accused the CIA of drug trafficking on film.

12 year DEA veteran Celerino Castillo III’s “Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras, and the Drug War” (Atlantic Books, London, 1994) is about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking.

Former DEA Supervisor and Special Agent Hector Berrellez’s claim that the CIA is involved in the drug trade was reported in this “New York Post” article. He alleges that the CIA uses drug profits to finance covert military operations.

The former head of the DEA’s Central Tactical Unit, Dennis Dayle, has said that, “In my 30-year history in the Drug Enforcement Administration and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA.”

After CIA crack dealing stories were published in 1996 in “The Mercury News” in San Jose, the resulting scandal created so much outrage in Los Angeles, that then CIA Director John Deutch went to a local town hall meeting to try to defuse people’s anger. As the “Washington Post” explained, a former LAPD narcotics detective came to the meeting, and said that the CIA had tried to recruit him in the late 1970’s to “protect CIA drug operations” in south central Los Angeles, and that he was shot at and forced out of his job after he refused to do that, and tried to blow the whistle on the CIA’s drug trafficking instead.

That former detective was Michael Ruppert. You can see him confront John Deutch here

Ruppert’s website features a CIA & Drugs page, which includes links to numerous articles about that subject.

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