By Belén Fernández Special to The Narco News Bulletin
August 23, 2009
AUGUST 23, 2009, TRUJILLO, HONDURAS: Last Thursday night in the northeastern Honduran port of Trujillo, Al Giordano and I visited the Bahia Bar, past clients of which had allegedly included Marine Corps officer Oliver North in the 1980s. North’s patronage was presumably an effect of the bar’s proximity to the Trujillo airfield, which functioned as a transit point for Colombian cocaine en route to the United States.
2,000 adults and 1,400 schoolchildren of the town of Guadalupe Carney, near Trujillo, Honduras, won legal title to their land but continue to be under frequent attack by military, paramilitary and organized crime forces.
To reach the Bahia Bar one must first cross the airfield’s wide asphalt runway, which in addition to being unilluminated at night also lacks any sort of control tower. A similar lack of supervision was apparently enjoyed by Colonel North in the 1980s, when—as demonstrated in a later Congressional investigation by US Senator John Kerry—he utilized cocaine profits to fund guerrilla war against Nicaragua.
A local teacher named Francís Salgado met Al and me at the Bahia on Thursday to discuss strategies of resistance against the June 28 coup that ousted Honduran President Mel Zelaya. Salgado alerted us to alternative forms of control towers at the airfield next door, where he claimed the Honduran military had parked two empty buses in case Zelaya intended to make Trujillo the transit point for his return to Tegucigalpa.To Read More =>