For some strange reason conservatives have this false idea that Reagan was some great president and that a return to his policies would benefit America. While it is true that his policies did indeed help middle class and affluent Americans, his policies were devastating to the poor and they also played a major role in the rise of cocaine, crack, and gang violence in America.
“I blame Reagan for makin’ me into a monster. I blame Oliver North and Iran-Contra. I ran contraband that they sponsored. Before this rhymin’ s*** we were in concert.” – Jay Z, American Gangster
This interesting play on words reflects something that most people in the African American community were and are very well aware of, and I find it interesting that the majority of white Conservatives are either unaware of it or choose to ignore it. This interesting play on words was Jay Z’s way of reiterating his own involvement in drug dealing in the 80’s, but lets go back a couple of decades before the 80’s. Between 1960-1970, Frank Lucas, who lived in Harlem, was one of America’s most notorious drug dealers, and the subject of the movie American Gangster. According to him it was the U.S. government that was helping him ship drugs into the country.
“We did it, all right…ha, ha, ha… Who the hell is gonna look in a dead soldier’s coffin? Ha ha ha. . . .We had him make up 28 copies of the government coffins . . . except we fixed them up with false bottoms, big enough to load up with six, maybe eight kilos . . . It had to be snug. You couldn’t have shit sliding around. Ike was very smart, because he made sure we used heavy guys’ coffins. He didn’t put them in no skinny guy’s . . .” – Frank Lucas, 2000 Interview
They were using the coffins of dead soldiers shipped in from Vietnam to get their drugs into America. If you watch the movie American Gangster, or the Frank Lucas documentary, you’ll learn that Ike worked for the U.S. government. When Lucas was finally brought down, the accusations of involvement brought down a few local cops, military personnel, and a few DEA agents. They estimate that Lucas was bringing in over $1,000,000 per day in his prime. That’s kinda hard to accomplish on your own if you don’t own boats or cargo plains to ship drugs in from Asia.
Reagan, The CIA, and Ricky Ross
In the 80’s, all the way on the other side of the country, in California, “Freeway” Ricky Ross was about to become a major player in the dealing of crack. Much like Frank Lucas, Ricky Ross seemed to have a suspiciously never ending supply of crack. He too made the claim that he was making $1,000,000 per day and that his biggest day was $3,000,000.
When Ricky Ross was finally arrested, Gary Webb, who was a journalist for San Jose Mercury News, started investigating the case, he turned up evidence of CIA involvement, and a connection to Iran-Contra.
The Iran-Contra Affair
If you think Obama’s Fast and Furious scandal was bad, you must not have heard about or just simply ignored Iran-Contra. In a nutshell, the Regan Administration was selling weapons to IRAN.
The CIA Involvement
The video below shows the head of the CIA and the media disaster that followed his attempt to crush the accusations. It is estimated the Ross’ drug empire was worth over $600,000,000. Not too bad for a poor black kid with barely enough money to eat everyday.
Drugs In America
For those of us that don’t own huge boats or planes that we can use to ship vasts amounts of illegal drugs into the U.S., we have to wonder how it gets into the U.S. in the first place.
Another interesting fact is that the Taliban destroyed 80% of the heroine trade in Afghanistan, but since the U.S. invaded, Afghanistan now supplies 80% of the heroine in the U.S. Is that a coincidence? I thought the post 9/11 laws were supposed to tighten airspace and ocean security?
A Quick Math Lesson
Ross claimed he was making $1,000,000 per day and buying cocaine at the price of $10,000 per kilo. If we assume he was doubling his investment, at minimum he would need 50 kilos per day x 1 year = 18,250 kilos per year. That’s not exactly a small order and you can’t just put that in with your local drug dealer.
A Quick Geography Lesson
Poppy fields are located in Asia. California is located in America. There is an ocean on both sides that separates America from Asia. The U.S. controls the airspace and water ways. All planes and boats both in and out of the country have to be inspected. There are no poppy fields in South America or North America that I’m aware of. How is cocaine making it from the fields of Asia into America?
Keep in mind that 18,250 kilos were just to fill Ricky Ross’ yearly order. He was only one drug dealer out of thousands, and possibly millions of drug dealers all over the country. Its simply impossible to get that much cocaine into America without government help.
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