ARRIVAL OF MIGUEL RUIZ HERRERO IN MIAMI, FLORIDA, WITH MONEY FOR PURCHASE OF WE

Created: 11/27/1965

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COMMENT I JOSE IVANORMER NICARAQUAN VICE-

CONSUL IN MIAMI, FLORIOA, IS INVOLVED WITH COSTA RICAN GROUPS IN THEIR EFFORTS TO TAKE OVER THE GOVERNMENT OFCO ORLICH, PRESIDENT OF COSTA RICA, BEFORE THE ELECTIONS6 BECAUSE OF AN ALLEGED FEAR THAT COMMUNIST ELEMENTS MIGH" WIN THE ELECTIONS. MIGUEL RUIZOSTA RICAN REVOLUTIONARY AND LEADING ORGANIZER JN NICARAGUA OF THE COUP EFFORT, HAS BEEN EXPECTED SINCE THE WEEK OF5 TO PICK UP WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES IN MIAMI, FLORIDA, FOR TRANSPORT BY AIR TO CENTRAL AMERICA.)

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ON5 MIGUEL RUIZ HERRERO WAS IN MIAMI, FLORIOA, AND HAD METROUP OF I PStSOB INVOLVED IN THE PLOT TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OFCO ORLICH, PRESIDENT OF COSTA RICA. AMONG THOSE WHO WERE PRESENT DURING THIS MEETING WERE LUIS SIERRA LOPEZ, JOSE IVAN ALEGRETT , RUIZ HERRERO, SEVERAL CUBAN EMIGRES, ANC GEREBaI, GUSTAVOHIEF OF THE SlUMOOkM

OFFICE OF NATIONAL ' DURING THE COURSE OF THE

DISCUSSIONSL INDICATED THAT HE WAS FULLY APPRISED OF THE COUP ATTEMPT AND WAS IN ACCORD WITH THE NECESSITY FOR THE COUP.

MEETING WAS CALLED TO PERMIT RUIZ HERRERO TOMONEY FOR PURCHASES OF MILITARY MATERIEL ANO TOE-TABLE FOR THE COUP ATTEMPT IN COSTA RICA. OLONS EQUIVALENT TO0E HOPES TO NEGOTIATE FOR THE PURCHASE OFSTOCK CARBINES, ANOOZEN EACHSUBMACHINEBERETTA PISTOLS. THE LAST TWO ITEMS ARE TO BE EQUIPPED RUIZ HERRERO ALSO NEEDS0 ROUNDS OFTHE CARBINES,OUPLE OF BACK-PACK WALKIE-TALKIE SETS, AND

THE USE6 TYPE AIRCRAFT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE MATERIEL. RUIZ HERRERO INDICATED THAT NO EXPLOSIVES OR DEMOLITIONS WOULD BE NEEDED.

OF THOSE ATTENDING THE MEETING, INCLUDINGTO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PURCHASE THE CARBINES AND THE

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k. RUIS HERRERO ASKED ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS AT THE MEETING TO CONTACT ANDREW ARTHUR GERTEIT AND ARRANGE FOR THIS INDIVIDUAL AND GERTEIT TO FLY TO MANAGUA, NICARAGUA, SOMETIME DURING THE WEEK OFOVEMBER. (MHZWHO PLANS TO DEPART FROM MIAMI ONOVEMBER WILL PLAN TO MEET THESE TWO IN MANAGUA WHERE HE CLAIMS TOESSNA THIS AIRCRAFT WILL BE USEDLIGHT OVER COSTA RICA TOANDING AREA WHICH IS TO BE USEO SUBSEQUENTLY FOR THE DELIVERY OF THE MILITARY MATERIEL TOA. WHEN GERTEIT ANO HIS COMPANION RETURN TO MIAMI, FLORIDA, THEY WILL CARRY WITH THEM AOD|-IIONALO PAY FOR THE WEAPONS AND OTHER MATERIEL AND REQUIRED SERVICES. RUIZ HERRERO CLAIMS THAT HE HAS TRIED TO CHANGE THE COLONS- INTO DOLLARS IN LATIN AMERICA, BUT AS HE WAS ENCOUNTERING CONSIDERABLE DIFFICULTY, HE HAS ASKED THAT AN ATTEMPT BE MADE TO CONVERT THE MONEY INTO DOLLARS IN THE UNITED STATES. RUIZ HERRERO

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(US) AND THAT PART OF THIS MONEY WAS PROVIDED BY FERKAKDO CASTRO CEBVAHTBS.

FOLLOWING GERTEIT'S RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES, AND WHEN ALL OF THE MILITARY MATERIEL HAS BEEN OBTAINED, GERTEIT AND ANOTHER

INDIVIDUAL ARE TO6 TYPE AIRCRAFT SOMEWHERE IN THEPART OF THE UNITED STATES. THE MILITARY MATERIEL IS TO FX LOADED ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT AT SOME UNSPECIFIED FIELD IN THEAREA FOLLOWING WHICH THE AIRCRAFT WILL FLY TOWARDESTERN

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ART OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PILOTS WILL THENLIGHT PLAN FOR HONDURAS WHERE LANDING AUTHORITY HAS ALREADY BEEN OBTAINED.

THE AIRCRAFT, HOWEVER.WILL FLY DIRECTLY TO THE PRE-SELECTED LANDING FIELD IN COSTA RICA, DELIVER THE MATERIEL, THEN FLY TO HONDURAS WHERE

IT WILL RE-FUEL. FOLLOWING THIS THE AIRCRAFT WILL RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES. RUIZ HERRERO HAS SUGGESTED THAT IF THE AIRCRAFT CANNOT DEPART LEGALLY FROM THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT BEING INSPECTED THEN THE AIRCRAFTAKE OFF WITHOUTLIGHT PLAN.

IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT SUE USE OF THE AIRCRAFT WILL COST SOME(US) WHICH INCLUDES THE ACTUAL RENTAL FORWO-WEEK PERIOD AND THE DEPOSIT ON THE AIRCRAFT.

RUIZ HERRERO STATED THAT HE WISHED ALL OF THE PRELIMINARY PREPARATIONS COMPLETED AND -THE WEAPONS PURCHASED BY ABOUTECEMBER BECAUSE THE COUP ATTEMPT IS TO BE MADE SOME TIME DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. THERE ARE TWO PRIMARY PRELIMINARY OBJECTIVES TO TH'tSsCOUP ATTEMPT. ONE IS TO DESTROY ilEVEfAL UWSSVTVM DUMPS WHICH ARE

APART FROM POLICE AND ARMY BARRACKS, THUS DENYING THEIR USE TO THE POLICE AND MILITARY FORCES. THE OTHER OBJECTIVE IS TOUM3ER OF COSTA RICAN COMMUNISTS DURING THE COURSE OF THE NIGHT. IT IS RUIZ HERRERO'S CONTENTION THAT THE COMMUNISTS HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PARAMILITARY FORCE IN COSTA RICA, AND THAT EVEN IF THE COMMUNISTS

DO NOT WIN THE ELECTIONS, THEY WILL UTILIZE THEIR PARAMILITARY FORCE TO TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY. BY ELIMINATING THE COMMUNIST LEADERSHIP

ON THE NIGHT OF THE COUP THE COMMUNIST PARAMILITARY FORCE WILL BE

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