Last week, historian Dana Frank wrote an article for The Nation in which she details a cocaine smuggling triangle involving a prominent Honduran billionaire, military and police backing from the Honduran government, and backdoor funding by the U.S. State Department.
The relationship between the United States government, the Honduran army and Honduras’ biggest cocaine importer was revealed by recently released Wikileaks cables. They show that the private security forces of biofuels baron Miguel Facussé – described by the American embassy in Tegucigalpa as “the wealthiest, most powerful businessman in the country” – have been working closely with Honduran military and police in Facussé’s war with the small farmers in Honduras’ northeastern region. As Frank bluntly writes, “U.S. ‘drug war’ funds and training, in other words, are being used to support a known drug trafficker’s war against campesinos.”