NARCO-POLITIK: ‘Cuba Libre’, Drug Barons, Plastic Surgeons and ‘El Padrino’ (Flashback)

Source – dailymail.co.uk

“…Castro viewed cocaine trafficking as a ‘weapon of revolutionary struggle’…as economic aid from Moscow started to dry up. In response, Castro founded the MC (Moneda Convertible) Department, which traded goods for hard currency & came to be known as the ‘Marijuana and Cocaine Department”:

(El Padrino’ – The Cuban Dictator’s ‘Double Life)

He spent 17 years in close proximity to Fidel Castro as one of his bodyguards.

Now, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez has revealed the Cuban dictator’s ‘double life’ in a new tell-all book.

The 66-year-old – who was eventually imprisoned and tortured in 1994 after he attempted to retire over concerns about Castro’s ‘corrupt’ practices – discloses countless state secrets in his expose.

He tells of how Castro directed cocaine trafficking operations ‘like a real godfather’, presided over the trials of two government officials and then forced him to watch one of the men’s executions.

And he speaks of how he came to the realization that ‘the man for whom I had long sacrificed my life… and who counted more in my eyes than my own family’ was leading a ‘corrupt’ secret life.

Juan Reinaldo Sanchez (pictured) who spent 17 years in close proximity to Fidel Castro as one of his bodyguards, has revealed the Cuban dictator's 'double life' in a new tell-all book, published on May 12Fidel Castro speaks to delegates at the 27th congress of the CPSU in Moscow in 1986
Juan Reinaldo Sanchez (pictured) who spent 17 years in close proximity to Fidel Castro as one of his bodyguards, has revealed the Cuban dictator’s ‘double life’ in a new tell-all book, published on May 12

Dictator: The 66-year-old - who was eventually imprisoned and tortured in 1994 after he attempted to retire over concerns about Castro's (center) 'corrupt' practices - discloses countless state secrets in his expose
Fidel Castro speaks to delegates at the 27th congress of the CPSU in Moscow in 1986

Sanchez, who lost more than 30 kilograms during his time in prison, escaped from his tiny isolation cell in 2008. He headed to Mexico by boat, crossed the Texas border and finally settled in Miami.

In his book, The Double Life of Fidel Castro, Sanchez claims that his former boss controlled about 20 luxury homes, owned a secret Caribbean island and carried out the seizure of public money.

He tells of how, in 1988, he listened to a lengthy conversation between Castro and General José Abrantes – his ‘loyal’ Interior Minister and former head of security – in Castro’s Havana-based office.

 

Despite being told ‘don’t record!’ by Castro, Sanchez decided to turn on a microphone that was hidden in a false ceiling in the office ‘out of curiosity’ and ‘to kill the time’ – and was shocked by what he heard.

He claims that a Cuban drug smuggler, who was living in the U.S. and conducting a ‘huge drug-trafficking’ business with the government, wanted to holiday in his native country for a week.

Abrantes allegedly asked Castro for his permission to bring the trafficker temporarily to Cuba, where he planned to visit the luxury beach, Santa María del Mar, situated east of Havana, with his parents.

Sanchez's book, The Double Life of Fidel CastrSanchez claims Castro (pictured in the 1950s) directed drug trafficking operations 'like a real godfather' and presided over the trial of two government officials

Sanchez claims Castro (pictured in the 1950s) directed drug trafficking operations ‘like a real godfather’ and presided over the trial of two government officials

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Interior Minister: He tells of how, in 1988, he heard Castro and General José Abrantes (pictured during his trial a year later) agree to allow a Cuban drug trafficker living in the U.S. to holiday in Cuba for $75,000

 

Interior Minister: He tells of how, in 1988, he heard Castro and General José Abrantes (pictured during his trial a year later) agree to allow a Cuban drug trafficker living in the U.S. to holiday in Cuba for $75,000

‘The lanchero would pay $75,000 – which, at a time of economic recession, wouldn’t go amiss ‘, Sanchez writes in his book, according to the New York Post. He adds: ‘Fidel was all for it.’

Shockingly, Abrantes then formulated a way to ensure that the trafficker’s parents would keep the vacation a secret – by making them believe their son was a Cuban intelligence officer, Sanchez says.

The minister reportedly suggested telling the parents that their son had infiltrated the U.S. and would be at risk at death if they did not keep their holiday ‘absolutely secret’ – and Fidel agreed: ‘Very well.’

‘It was as if the sky had fallen in on me,’ Sanchez says of overhearing the alleged agreement.

‘I realized that the man for whom I had long sacrificed my life, the Líder whom I worshipped like a god and who counted more in my eyes than my own family was caught up in cocaine trafficking to such an extent that he was directing illegal operations like a real godfather.’

Siblings: 'I realized that the man for whom I had long sacrificed my life... and who counted more in my eyes than my own family was caught up in cocaine trafficking to such an extent that he was directing illegal operations like a real godfather,' writes Sanchez. Above, Castro (left) and his brother Raúl (with a pipe)

Siblings: ‘I realized that the man for whom I had long sacrificed my life… and who counted more in my eyes than my own family was caught up in cocaine trafficking to such an extent that he was directing illegal operations like a real godfather,’ writes Sanchez. Above, Castro (left) and his brother Raúl (with a pipe)

Investigation: As the U.S. government 'became suspicious of Cuba's drug dealing', Castro publicly declared that an 'honest' investigation had been launched. Arnaldo Ochoa (pictured) was later arrested and executed
Investigation: As the U.S. government ‘became suspicious of Cuba’s drug dealing’, Castro publicly declared that an ‘honest’ investigation had been launched. Arnaldo Ochoa (pictured) was later arrested and executed

Investigation: As the U.S. government ‘became suspicious of Cuba’s drug dealing’, Castro publicly declared that an ‘honest’ investigation had been launched. Arnaldo Ochoa (pictured) was later arrested and executed

Sanchez goes on to write that while cocaine trafficking – which Castro viewed as a ‘weapon of revolutionary struggle’ – grew in Latin America, economic aid from Moscow started to dry up.

In response, Castro founded the MC (‘moneda covertible’) Department, which traded in goods for hard currency from third parties – and came to be known as the ‘Marijuana and Cocaine Department’.

However, as the U.S. government ‘became suspicious of Cuba’s drug dealing’, Castro publicly declared that an ‘honest’ investigation had been launched into the ‘appalling’ matter.

During the inquiry, Abrantes and prominent Cuban general Arnaldo Ochoa were arrested.

The latter was sentenced to death following a trial which was ‘censored by Castro before it was broadcast’ on Cuban television.

In addition to the alleged censoring, Castro also gave instructions to the president of the court, prosecutors and jurors at breaks in the officials’ trials, Sanchez writes in his book.

At the end of the proceedings, Abrantes was sentenced to 25 years in prison for charges including negligence, abuse of office and improper use of financial and military resources.

While Abrantes died of a heart attack in ‘suspicious’ circumstances in prison in 1991, Ochoa was killed for treason in an execution that Sanchez claims he and Castro’s other men were forced to watch on video.

He describes the incident as ‘the most painful episode of my career’, according to the Post. He adds that Ochoa faced death with ‘exceptional dignity’, refusing to be blindfolded by his executioners.

In another section of his book, Sanchez discusses Castro’s brother Raúl’s descent into alcoholism after ‘taking part in the assassination of his friend’, which he possibly feared could happen to him.

Brothers: In his book, Sanchez also discusses Raúl Castro's (pictured, right, with Fidel in 2011) descent into alcoholism after 'taking part in the assassination of his friend', which he possibly feared could happen to him
Brothers: In his book, Sanchez also discusses Raúl Castro’s (pictured, right, with Fidel in 2011) descent into alcoholism after ‘taking part in the assassination of his friend’, which he possibly feared could happen to him

Illegal: Castro viewed cocaine trafficking (file picture) a 'weapon of revolutionary struggle', Sanchez writes

Illegal: Castro viewed cocaine trafficking (file picture) a ‘weapon of revolutionary struggle’, Sanchez writes

 

Castro reportedly told his younger sibling: ‘If what’s worrying you is that what happened to Abrantes will happen to you, let me tell you that Abrantes no es mi hermano [is not my brother]!

‘You and I have been united since we were children, for better and for worse. So, no, you are not going to experience Abrantes’ fate, unless… you persist with this deplorable behavior.’

Castro, now 88, served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. He also worked as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011.

Under his administration the Republic of Cuba became a one-party socialist state. Many view Castro as a totalitarian dictator whose administration oversaw numerous human-rights abuses and killings.

Meanwhile, Raúl Castro is currently President of the Council of State of Cuba and the President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, as well as Commander in Chief of the country’s Armed Forces.

Meeting the Pope: Castro, now 88, served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976. Meanwhile, his brother Raúl (seen, right, with Pope Benedict XVI in 2012) is now President of the Council of State of Cuba
Meeting the Pope: Castro, now 88, served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976. Meanwhile, his brother Raúl (seen, right, with Pope Benedict XVI in 2012) is now President of the Council of State of Cuba

Meeting the Pope: Castro, now 88, served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976. Meanwhile, his brother Raúl (seen, right, with Pope Benedict XVI in 2012) is now President of the Council of State of Cuba

The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo, written by Sanchez alongside author Axel Gyldén, will be published by St Martin’s Press on May 12.

According to an online description of the book, the authors also discuss Castro’s’ relationship with his family and his nine children from five different partners’, as well as his ‘immense personal fortune’.

‘Sanchez’s tell-all expose reveals countless state secrets and the many sides of the Cuban monarch: genius war leader in Nicaragua and Angola, paranoid autocrat at home, master spy, Machiavellian diplomat, and accomplice to drug traffickers, the description says. ‘This extraordinary testimony makes us re-examine everything we thought we knew about the Cuban story and Fidel Castro Ruz.’

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Related…

(Drug Barons and Plastic Surgeons: Who’s Dead, Who’s Hiding? – By Sam Dillon)

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 6— Four months after Mexico’s most influential drug trafficker was reported dead after plastic surgery, Mexicans have continued to puzzle over the mysteries of his passing.

Is the billionaire trafficker, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, really dead? And if so, was his death homicide or happenstance? And what became of the surgeons who pored over him for eight hours to streamline his nose, embolden his chin, flatten his midriff?

Today Mariano Herran Salvatti, head of Mexico’s anti-drug agency, offered the first official answers to the last questions, announcing that three surgeons who had operated on the trafficker in a Mexico City clinic on July 3 had been charged with murder.

But of the three physicians — Jaime Godoy Singh, Ricardo Reyes Rincon and Carlos Avila Melgem — two have already received a brutal punishment, according to authorities in Guerrero state: Forensic doctors there have identified two of the three mutilated bodies found Sunday in sealed drums along a roadside as Dr. Godoy and Dr. Reyes.

The corpses, partly encased in cement, were blindfolded and handcuffed, and had been burned, battered and strangled, said Benyehuda Martinez, one of the forensic scientists.

Mr. Herran did not describe why the three surgeons had been charged with murder. According to the official version, the trafficker died in a recovery room hours after his surgery; he had been given anesthethics and the sleeping potion Dormicum, a mixture that Mr. Herran said ”contradicted all medical science.”

”We have concluded that, acting with malice and with the intention of taking his life, these physicians applied a combination of medicines that resulted in the death of the trafficker,” Mr. Herran said.

Throughout this decade, Mr. Carrillo Fuentes had enjoyed extraordinary license, moving hundreds of tons of Colombian cocaine through Mexico into the United States. But for reasons that remain unclear, he lost his influence with Mexico’s security forces starting late last year. In January, he barely escaped a raid by army troops on the wedding party of his sister in Sinaloa state.

In February, Mr. Carrillo Fuentes visited Cuba and Chile, where he made investments aimed at establishing a residence. Traveling with him were several top aides, including Dr. Rincon, a Colombian-born surgeon who attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. Chilean authorities have said the trafficker considered undergoing plastic surgery in Cuba.

Instead, however, Dr. Rincon returned to Mexico and arranged with Dr. Ramon Lopez Salcedo, a medical school classmate, to carry out the surgery at the Mexico City clinic. The trafficker was registered at the clinic under an assumed name. Dr. Rincon arranged for Dr. Godoy, another graduate from Guadalajara, to work on the trafficker’s nose, and Dr. Avila, still another classmate, to carry out the other facial surgery and radical liposuction.

Despite today’s announcements, many people continue to beleive that Mr. Carrillo Fuentes is alive. A popular Mexican soap opera has depicted a similar trafficker faking his own death during plastic surgery, and a Chilean newspaper reported this week that he is alive and cooperating with American drug officials.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration issued a statement today denying that. ”The rumor has as much credibility as the millions of sightings of the late Elvis Presley,” the statement said.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/07/world/drug-barons-and-plastic-surgeons-who-s-dead-who-s-hiding.html

 

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