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An extremely profitable business, which is also extremely low risk when undertaken on a large enough scale, with protection from the various law enforcement agencies. A natural for deep state groups, which can be safely assumed to control the overwhelming majority of global drug trafficking.

Not to be confused with the (legal) drug industry.

The illegal drug trade concerns the production and shipment of the recreational drugs such as cocaine, heroin and cannabis which the commercially-controlled media refers to as "drugs", as opposed to "pharmaceuticals". The drug cartels who profit from this trade generally (perhaps almost invariably[1]) do so with the knowledge (and often collusion) of intelligence agencies, most notably the CIA.[2]

Official narrative

Peter Dale Scott on the global drug trade

The global drug trade is an immensely profitable business, and as such, its reporting in the commercially-controlled media is heavily influenced by deep state interests keen to protect their profits. The official narrative emphasises the role of small groups, noting that, for example, cocaine "is often brought in to the UK by drug mules; in suitcases or by swallowing bags."[3] Although larger level smuggling operations are occasionally reported, details are often sketchy and obscure the role of the deep state.[4] [5]

National governments and authorities in general are routinely portrayed by the establishment as staunch opponents of the illegal drug trade, as evidenced by their pursuing a "war on drugs". Evidence of close ties between drug cartels, intelligence agencies and deep state groups is almost never mentioned.[6]


Gary Webb's Dark Alliance website which broke the CIA's involvement in the crack cocaine trade documented the development of drug smuggling methods and routes.[7]

The methods of smuggling suggested by the official narrative do not allow for adequate explanation of the amount of drugs smuggled. Gary Webb's exhaustive and convincing documentation of CIA-connected cocaine trafficking states that in the mid-1970s “the drug [cocaine] was carried across the border hidden in suitcases and shoes [but] as the industry grew, the cartels expanded and shipped by cargo ships, planes, stolen cars and trucks.” [8] This would also explain why CIA planes have been found full of cocaine either when accidentally arrested or crashed.

The Susurluk incident is worth investigating for anyone who is interested in state approved drug trafficking, and also for anyone seeking evidence for the existence of a hidden nexus of high level politicians, drug traffickers, arms dealers and intelligence agency operatives - the Turkish term provided the English phrase "deep state". Another character worth looking up is Willem Matser, a Dutch spook and deep state functionary who was "one of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson's top policy experts". In 2004 he was found guilty of forgery and fraud in connection with a $200m (£120m) money laundering operation between Colombia and Romania.[9]

The disinterest of authorities in investigating massive money laundering by large banks,[10] the scale of drug smuggling operations and the apparently inability of the authorities to prevent it would seem to support the accusations of a lot of whistleblowers:- that the resources of nation states are being marshaled, not to hinder the global drug trade, but to actively promote and carry it out.


Full article: Globalisation
The British East India Company was the pioneer of the modern illicit drug trade. From their opium warehouse in India in the 1850s

Daniel Hopsicker wrote in 2016 that "The first industry to globalize vertically was the illegal drug business. It’s an open question whether drug trafficking drove globalization, or the other way around."[11] The profits of the trade provided a huge incentive for the formidable amount of work needed to organise and monopolize the trade to the extent seen in the 21st century. Landmark events in the legal aspect of globalisation include the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which consolidated existing legislation and expanded the number of drugs to be effectively illegal worldwide (for example, by including cannabis) - establishing the huge potential for profits from the processing and smuggling of illegal drugs.

Naturally derived drugs

Humans have been using plant derived drugs, either partly processed or in natural form, since records began (and no doubt long before).


Full article: Cannabis

Cannabis is the most popular recreational drug. It can be grown in most locations with relative ease and is therefore less expensive to produce than other drugs, but, conversely, it is also more difficult to smuggle. As a result, production centres and smuggling routes are diverse. This presents a problem for the illegal drug trade. For the last half century, drug traffickers maintained profitability by strictly prohibiting its cultivation, especially in 'developed' countries such as North America and Europe.


Full article: Cocaine
Crack, a smokable form of cocaine

Cocaine is produced from coca grown in the Andes in South America. Its huge popularity and illegality has created huge profits for those who traffic it on a large scale. In the 1980s, George H. W. Bush as US Vice president oversaw a huge scaling up of the CIA's importing cocaine into US[12] while simultaneously leading the "war on drugs". However, the US Deep State does not have a monopoly over cocaine trafficking; it is engaged in war with the Hezbollah, Syria, Iran triangle which uses submarines to smuggle it via Africa (especially Sierra Leone).[13]


Full article: Heroin
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The majority of the world's heroin is produced from opium grown in Afghanistan. Sibel Edmonds has stated that deep state interests move most of it to Turkey for refinement before it is shipped to Europe or North America. Harvests are much greater now than before the US lead invasion.

Alfred McCoy wrote in 1972 that the SDECE financed all of its covert operations during the Indochina War from its control of the Indochina drug trade.

Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs can be made anywhere in the world with roughly equal ease, and so their production is harder to interdict. The problem is tackled by having a range of international treaties which attempt to limit and monitor these drugs' precursors, that is, the chemicals from which they are most easily and safely synthesized. This regulatory area is of course of great interest to big pharma.


Full article: Amphetamines

As well as recreational use, these can be used to facilitate fighters in war, giving an energy boost, lifting mood and decreasing appetite and have historically been used as such. It also clouds judgment and has long term health consequences.


Full article: LSD
LSD, dissolved onto blotter

LSD, or 'Acid' is a popular psychedelic that was first produced in 1938, derived from ergot. Just after World War II it was researched by the MK Ultra and related projects for its potential in extracting information from prisoners, but those projects concluded that it was not reliable enough. LSD is extremely small (normal doses are a fraction of a milligram) but the drug itself is relatively fragile. Skilled chemists such as Nicholas Sand have produced millions of doses of LSD.


Full article: MDMA

MDMA, 'Ecstasy' or 3-4,Methylenedioxymethamphetamine was made illegal in UK in 1977 and in USA in 1985. It functions similarly to an amphetamine in terms of energy, but increases empathy which renders it unsuitable for exploitation in combat situations.



Page nameDateDescription
2006 Mexico DC-9 drug bustA DC-9 made an emergency landing and was found to be containing over 5 tonnes of cocaine. The pilot "disappeared", unnamed, and the plane was deregistered and sold within days to an unknown customer in Venezuela.
2007 Yucatan Gulfstream drug crashA plane used by the CIA for rendition, which later crashed in Mexico, with tons of cocaine aboard.
Angel FireA hub of deep state guns and drug running in the 1980s, similar to Mena, Arkansas, but much less known.
CIA/Drug traffickingDrug trafficking by the CIA makes up a large contribution to its black budget
Drug smugglingThe covert transport of drugs. Although increasingly legal in some places, when not, governments clandestinely often get involved.
MenaA now somewhat infamous hub of deep state guns and drug running
Mena/Intermountain Municipal AirportCenter of drug trafficking in the 80s.


Related Quotations

Document:Our Secret Servants - The Shayler Affair“the Americans have devoted several hundred times the money and the manpower at the disposal of MI6 to attacking the global drug trade without appearing to have any significant result.”
Drug smuggling“I stood at the Friendship Bridge at Termez [Uzbekistan] in 2003 and watched the Jeeps with blacked-out windows bringing the heroin through from Afghanistan, en route to Europe. I watched the tankers of chemicals roaring into Afghanistan. Yet I could not persuade my country to do anything about it.”Craig Murray
Far West“There are two kinds of businesses: those which flourish from peace and the strengthening of law and those which require the opposite - zones of incessant chaos like Chechnya Colombia Afghanistan where drugs can be grown or trafficked under the watch of PMCs.”Peter Dale Scott26 February 2006
Netherlands/Deep state“The Netherlands has a long history with cocaine. In the early 1900s, the Dutch East India Company – having exploited and enslaved millions of people – began growing coca in its colonies in Indonesia. There was even a cocaine factory in Amsterdam, which supplied marching powder to all sides in World War One. When international treaties finally put a halt to the Dutch’s rampant coke dealing, Rotterdam emerged as a key import site for the illicit trade of the drug from South America.”Vice News2020
Augusto Pinochet“was widely supported in ultraright western circles surrounding the CIA and private groups as the WACL, Le Cercle and American Security CouncilAugusto Pinochet


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Bo Gritz Letter to George Bushletter1 February 1988Bo GritzA letter from Bo Gritz to George H. W. Bush
Document:American War Machinebook introduction1 November 2010Peter Dale ScottA precis of the entire book, an analysis of the hidden mechanisms behind the exercise of real power in the Western World. The book is a culmination and synthesis of all of the author's earlier work on 'Deep Events' and the 'Deep State. Together with the work of Ola Tunander on the same subjects, it is a highly recommended for anyone seeking more than superficial understanding of the predicament of 21st Century humanity.
Document:Obama and the Intelligence Cabalwebpage3 August 2011Natasha Barch
Vadim Stolz
Document:The Global Drugs Meta-GrouparticleOctober 2005Peter Dale Scott
Document:Transnationalised Repression Parafascism and the USarticleSeptember 1986Peter Dale Scott


Convicted of Illegal drug trade

Evelin Banev8 October 1964Bulgaria
Drug traffickerBulgarian "cocaine kingpin".
Hüseyin Baybaşin25 December 1956Drug trafficker
Deep state actor
A druglord with close and acknowledged ties to Turkish government leaders, who also worked as an informer for UK Customs & Excise. Now in prison


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This article needs a revision, but is packed with important leads.
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