It was the last day of March 1975, and there was a loud banging on the door of my house in Colonia Granja, Comyaguela, Honduras. I had just finished watching the TV news and was ready to go to bed. I went to the door and there Special DIN operative Luis Galindo, who rushed inside.
“Andy," he said, “you’ve been in Olancho and know Olancho. I just learned about a clandestine drug strip in the jungles of Olancho that drug traffickers have built. They have a two-engine Cessna and make two trips a week from it. You can help me find it.”
He gave me a rough direction of a road that led toward Paraiso but I was tired and told him to come back in the morning and I would find it for him.
The next morning after breakfast, I got out the huge census maps of Olanche and Gracias a Dios Territory made for taking an accurate census of Honduras that showed every little track to any collection of people. Workers from the Department of Statistics went over every inch of trail, track, and road to record names, births, and deaths. The road Luis Galindo gave the description of showed no clandestine air field except there was a far line extending into Gracias a Dios territory which had a square and "AP" on it.
We decided that "AP" stood for Aereo Puerto and it was the clandestine air strip.
Luis asked to use my phone and made a call for a meeting that afternoon and I drove him to a graveled entrance to some concrete block buildings. Luis got out and was greeted by several entering the building and I took off.
A week passed before Luis came to my door again. I ordered coffee and some yogurt and we sat at a table while he told me that it was the clandestine air field. The military made it a tactical operation with two columns coming from both sides and a parachute drop. The military called for them to surrender and they yelled back, “Come and get us.”
All were killed except for a badly wounded woman who was taken away by helicopter. From her they learned the most important man of Honduras, President-General Oswaldo Lopez Arellano, allegedly was involved, along with President General Omar Torrijos of Panama, the woman alleged. The drug traffickers were from Jamaica, tied to the Harlem drug lord in New York City.
“How soon?” I asked as to when word could get out that I was involved and Lopez Arrellano killed hundreds of his officers when he took power one time because he couldn’t depend on there support and I was just one American with no support from the DEA, FBI, CIA, or US Embassy, all of which have been used to cover drug trafficking by the United States, I have learned.
The United States of America has become the biggest market for drugs and this has been going on since the opium wars between Britain and China where an Anglo-American doctrine for global supremacy was created. I, myself, dislike drugs and taught my bilingual classes in Houston (who were coming from war-torn Central America) the drugs are "estupificantes" in Spanish that make you stupid; "narcotics" in Greek that put your mind to sleep; and "intoxificantes" in French that poison the brain and the body.
Drugs have been used for all recorded history to finance wars and still are. Who are those responsible? Well, the government, Pentagon, and afore-mentioned agencies keep a lid on it (censorship). Which presidents have been involved? That’s for the president who cleans up the mess.