Raul Castro's Idea of 'Free Enterprise': Drug Smuggling?
â€śRaul has been in charge of the military and the economy,â€ť Mitchell explained to the August 2 â€śTodayâ€ť show audience, calling Fidelâ€™s younger brother â€śpolitically hard-line but more open than his brother to free enterprise, including foreign investment.â€ť
She might be on to something, after all.
â€śFederal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department officials tell ABC News,â€ť ABCâ€™s Brian Ross and Vic Walter reported on August 14.
â€śThe officials say Castro, as Cuban Defense Minister, permitted Colombian drug lords to pay for the use of Cuban waters and airstrips as staging grounds for smuggling runs into the
Castroâ€™s involvement is likely ongoing noted Ross and Walter, quoting an unnamed federal law enforcement official saying that â€śthe U.S. Coast Guard canâ€™t go after them in Cuban waters.â€ť