INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS SITUATION REPORT

Created: 9/1/1991

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ITEMS!

ITEM 1: PERSPECTIVE

CALI GROUPS EXPLORE NEW SMUGGLING OPTICUS

AS CALI-BASEO TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS EXPERIENCE INCREASED COUNTERNARCOTICS PRESSURES, WE EXPECT THEM TOARIETY OF MOVES FOCUSED ON MINIMIZING LOSSES AND DISRUPTION. HE BELIEVE THAT THE CALI ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOW ACTIVELY EXPLORING SEW OPTIONS FOR REPLACING CONVENTIONAL SMUGGLING ROUTES AND METHODS, SAFEGUARDING LOADS, AND TRIMMING LOSSES TO INCREASE PROFITS WHILE US MARKETS STABILIZE AND COSTS INCREASE.

THERE HAS BEEN AM INCREASE SINCEN THE NUMBER OF REPORTS THAT LARGE AIRCRAFT--CAPABLE OF HANDLING PAYLOADSILOGRAMS ORTRANSPORTING COCAINE ALONG MEXICAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN TRAFFICKING ROUTES. FURTHERMORE:

HAY, THE MEXICANS HAVE SEIZED FOUR LARGE SMUGGLING AIRCRAFT, AND US AGENCIES HAVE REPORTED POSSIBLE AIRDROPS INVOLVING TWO OTHERSROBABLE DELIVERY TO MEXICOHIRD.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF GROUPS ARE CAPABLE OF MULTITON COCAINE OPERATIONS, AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE CALI TRAFFICKERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LARGE AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS ARE THE SAME ONES WHO SPONSORED HOST OF THE MULTIAIRCRAFT FLIGHTS INTO MEXICOE BELIEVE THAT THE SHIFT TO LARGER AIRCRAFTEACTION TO LAW . NT ACTIVI rr.

HE ALSO BELIEVE THAT NARCOTICS TRAFFICKERS ARE EXPLORING THE USE OF MARITIME SHIPPING AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT IN AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID DETECTION AND INTERDICTION. RECENT REPORTS INDICATE THAT CALI TRAFFICKERS WERE LOOKING INTO THE USE OF MARITIME LANES FROM COLOMBIA TO GUATEMALA AND MEXICO. RECORD SEIZURES OF COCAINE IN BRAZIL ANDTHAN 4 TONS HAVE BEEN SEIZED SINCEODY OF RET.IA3!E REPORTING POINT TO THE INCREASED USE OF SEA LANES FROM THESE COUNTRIES TO THE

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RECENTLY REPORTED THAT fiSC KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE IICL WERE CONFISCATED

IN THE PORT TOWN OF FORTALEZA. THE COCAINE, WHICH ORIGINATED IN COLOMBIA, WAS TRANSPORTED THROUGH BOLIVIA AND SMUGGLED INTO WESTERN BRAZIL.

IN ADDITION, COLOMBIAN TRAFFICKERS APPEAR TO BE MAKING GOOD USE OE THOSE ROUTES TO THE UNITED STATES THAT OFFER THE LEAST

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SCALE OPERATIONSONTINUING OCCURRENCE IN HAITI. ONE MOTHER SHIP TRANSFER OPERATION AND TWO AIRDROPS WERE DETECTED OFF THE COAST OF HAITI IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF AUGUST. SEIZURE STATISTICS INDICATE THAT OTHERECUADOR AND THE SOUTHERN CONE COUNTRIES OF PARAGUAY, CHILE, ANDARE BEING MORE FREQUENTLY USED BY COCAINE TRAFFICKERS. RECENT DETECTION AND MONITORING REPORTING INDICATES THAT TRAFFICKERS ARE FILING VALID FLIGHTTACTIC THEY HAVE USED IN THE PAST AND ARE LIKELY TO

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DESPITE THE EFFORTS BEING MADE BY NARCOTICS TRAFFICKERS TO

EXPLORE NEW OPTIONS FOR SHIPPING COCAINE TO THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE, ESTABLISHED ROUTES WILL PROBABLY ACCOUNT FOR THE BULK OF SHIPMENTS IN THE NEAR TERM. MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA WILL PROBABLY REMAIN THE PRIMARY CONDUITS FOR US-BOUND COCAINE AND TWIN-ENGINE GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT THE VEHICLE OF CHOICE. NEW ROUTES,

HOWEVER, WILL BE EXPLORED ON AN EVER-INCREASING BASIS AS TRAFFICKERS ADAPT TO MORE CONCERTED ANTINARCOTICS ACTIVITIES AND AS THE EUROPEAN MARKET CONTINUES TO GROW. THE CHANGING ACTIVITIES WILL, IN THE SHORT TERM, HAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO MONITOR AND ESTIMATE THE SIZE OF THE

:OOAINl FLOW. TRAFFICKER VULNERABILITIES ARE GREATER DURING PERIODS OF CHANGE, AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE GOOD FOR INCREASED LAW ENFORCEMENT

PRESSURES IF THEY CAN BE BROUGHT TO SEAR BEFORE THE NEW ROUTES AND CONTACTS ARE FIRMLY ESTABLISHED.

ITEM 2: COLOMBIA: THE RODRIGUEZ OREJUELA ORGANIZATION!

THE RODRIGUEZ OREJUELA TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION HAS EMERGED AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL AND INFLUENTIAL COLOMBIAN DRUG RINGS, AND NE BELIEVE THAT ITS SHARE OF THE COCAINE TRADE HAS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. THIS GROWTH HAS PROBABLY OCCURRED AT THE EXPENSE OF MEDELLIN-BASED TRAFFICKINGHICH HAVE SO FAR BORNE THE BRUNT OF THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT'S ANT:NARCOTICS OPERA!IONS, AND MAY ALSO RESULT FROM AN EXPANSION IN

COCAINE MARKETS. IHE THEIR FAR-REACHING NETWORKS W! EUROPE, AND THE UNITED STATES-COMPARTMENTALIZEDONEY-LAUNDERING OPERATIONS, AI DIVERSE ELEMENTS.

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THE CENTRALIZED AND COMPARTMENTED STRUCTURE OF THE TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONAJOR FACTOR IN ITS SUCCESS. THE RODRIGUEZ OREJUELAANDPRIMARILY FROMND COORDINATE NARCOTICS OPERATIONS WITH CONTACTS IN COLOMBIA, MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE UNITED STATES. THE ORGANIZATION ALSO DEPENDS ON SERVICES PROVIDED BY NUMEROUS INDEPENDENT TRAFFICKERS ANO ASSOCIATES TO PROCESS COCAINE AND TRANSPORT IT NORTHWARD. THE EXTENSIVE USE OF INSULATED OPERATING CELLS LIMITS THE ACCESS AMD KNOWLEDGE THAT ANY ONE MEMBER CAN GAIN ABOUT THE IDENTITIES OR ACTIVITIES OF OTHER ORGANIZATION MEMBERS. EXCEPT FOR THE PRINCIPALS, FEW OF THE ORGANIZATION'S MEMBERS KNOW ALL THE KEY ELEMENTS OF THE ORGANIZATION. |

WHILE GILBERTO RODRIGUEZ OREJUELA IS THE HEAD CF THE

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CONTROL OF TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS. MIGUEL OFTEN COORDINATES COCAINE DELIVERIES WITH HIS CONTACTS IN MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE UNITED STATES. IT ALSO APPEARS THAT MIGUEL COORDINATES COCAINE

THROUGH COLOMli A'S MCP-TH COAST TRAFFICKERS. Ml GILDERTO RODRIGUEZ OREJUELA SETS POLICY FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND THAT TOGETHER THE BROTHERS MAINTAIN DIRECT CONTROL OVER ALL ASPECTS OF THE

THF. RODRIGUEZ ORSJUSLA ORGANISATION RF: AND BOLIVIAN TRAFFICKERS FOR COCAHM WHILE THEREEARTH OF SPEC] roLIVIAN-CALI CONNECTIONS, NE BELIEVEAJOR SOURCE OF CCCA PRODUCTS FOR CALI TRAFE THE OFTEN CONFLICTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH INSE FACTrtl.rvTftH BASE IS USUALLY LESS BASE.

THE ROLE OE HAS EVOLVED FROM THAT OF SUBORDINATE SUPPLIERSAN >HSANI?ATI0NS INTO A MORE COM! '. NETWORK

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OF INDEPENDENT BROKERS WHO DEAL IN BOTH COCAINE RASE AMD COCAINE HCL. THE CHANGING NATURE OF THIS RELATIONSHIP IS HIGHLIGHTED BY TWO INCIDENTSN MARCH, AN AIRCRAFT FROM SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA, WAS SEIZEDILOS OF COCAINE HCL AT THE LA ELVIRA HACIENDA IN NORTHERN VALLE DEL CAECA; AND. AI RAIDAJOR COLOMBIAN TRANSSHIPMENT COMPLEX, FIVE BOLIVIAN AIRCRAFT WERE SEIZED INCLUDING ONEILOSOCAINE HCLRD ATAN AIRSTRIP OFKRAI ED BY CALI-BASED TRAFFICKERS.

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