Nothing shocks me these days, but this article is not about something that happened recently. I stumbled across this old news while scrolling through the internet recently, and it really got me thinking, I never heard about this, which means that you probably didn’t either.
Eight years ago, Gulfstream II, later dubbed “Cocaine 2” crashed just before dawn in the middle of the jungle in Mexico’s Yucatan carrying four tons of cocaine. The event and its aftermath changed forever an official narrative of the war on drugs which has for years been pushing the notion that there is no significant American involvement in the global drug trade, and no American Drug Lords.
The Gulf stream’s fuselage split into pieces on impact, spilling cocaine across an area the length of three football fields, a chain of events was set in motion that would prove that nothing could be further from the truth.
The Gulf Stream II jet, aircraft #N987SA, was allegedly used to transport Central Intelligence Agency rendition prisoners from Europe to America to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba crash-landed Sept. 24, 2007, in Mexico carrying a cargo of over four tons of cocaine. It is suspected the Gulf-stream jet ran out of fuel as it traveled from Columbia to the United States.
Federal Aviation Association records list the plane as belonging to Atef Hanna of Tarpon Springs Florida, but at the time of the incident, it was registered to Donna Blue Aircraft, Inc. was a front for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE claims it sold the aircraft to Drug Enforcement Agency suspected drug smugglers as part of an undercover operation immediately prior to the crash in Mexico.
The ICE undercover agent who brokered the deal, Don Whittington, pled guilty to federal tax charges in 1987. According to an affidavit accidentally unsealed then subsequently resealed, Whittington is currently under investigation for using a Colorado Springs resort and spa to launder profits from the sale of this and other aircraft used in smuggling busts.
This article originally appeared on awarenessact.