Colombia and the Plan to End World Drug Trafficking Embroils President's Chief Strategist

In what reads like a reality-based version of Mundo Fox's El Capo 3, the Mexican newspaper El Spectador has obtained a 109 page document submitted to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos through his chief campaign strategist, J.J. Rendon, proposing to end the cartels and world drug trafficking. (Google translated version here.) The 2011 document is called "Agenda for solving the problem of drug trafficking and the violence it generates." The document begins:

"Celebrating its first 10 months of the new government, Colombian society has high expectations for their future, and one of his most repeated yearnings for decades is that it can definitively eradicate the drug problem and violence it generates. National and international conditions are suitable to develop an agenda for tackling the problem of drug trafficking, with ranges not only in the country but in the region and throughout the Western Hemisphere. "

With elections in Colombia just weeks away, J.J. Rendon has just resigned over accusations by trafficker Javier Calle Serna that Rendon was paid $12 million to submit the plan to the President. [More...]

Insight on Colombia's description of the plan is here.

According to El Espectador, the proposal is comprehensive and specific, outlining five premises and four phases of the dismantling operation, with a time line for each phase .

In the proposal, the capos agreed to dismantle drug trafficking and its structures, and to give the state all information on crops, laboratories, informants, and links to the state.

Calle Serna says President Santos ultimately rejected the plan, and the U.S. was opposed to it. Instead, Santos gave orders for the arrest of Calle Serna and others, who were ultimately captured and extradited. Calle Serna, aka Comba, and his brother Luis are jailed in the U.S. facing charges in the Eastern District of New York.

Several traffickers had signed on to the plan, including Calle Serna and Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, who is indicted separately in the Eastern District.

According to El Spectador:

Several sources consulted by this newspaper confirmed that the project was known by top government, the former prosecutor Morales, the direction of the police officers of the U.S. Embassy, ​​the commission process and President Santos. In essence, the document is a complete ABC of plan for 90% of the heads of drug trafficking and his men left the business in exchange for non-extradition and exclusion of families from criminal proceedings.

El Spectador says contrary to J.J. Rendon's insistence he was just "a messenger", its sources claim he was involved in creating the plan.

In El Capo 3, the plan is called OPAC, and El Capo convinces the DEA his plan will end world trafficking and the cartels. One big difference: El Capo's plan begins with flooding the streets of the world with free cocaine and legalization, to put the cartels out of business whether they agree or not. If cocaine was free all over the world, the black market would be gone. El Capo's plan also called for highly ramped up drug education and a media onslaught to warn of the dangers of cocaine.

Here is Episode 14. At 6 min. 20 sec. in, El Capo's crew hands out the free cocaine in Brooklyn, Downtown and the Bronx.

The media promptly notices with blaring headlines:"Drugas Gratis."

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    Crazy game, crazy game... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Tue May 06, 2014 at 05:31:35 PM EST
    Any thoughts as to why the U.S. opposed? Worried about alotta desperate junkies, annoyed banksters, and/or the economic impact?

    Maybe this?? (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed May 07, 2014 at 07:36:58 AM EST
    One big difference: El Capo's plan begins with flooding the streets of the world with free cocaine and legalization, to put the cartels out of business whether they agree or not.

    I have long said that we should give drugs to registered addicts via pharmacies combined with rigorous education and law enforcement action against anyone selling/giving them to non addicts.

    El Capo's plan seems way over the top.

    very true (none / 0) (#3)
    by nyjets on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:20:55 AM EST
    I can live with legalizing drugs coupled with smart regulation.
    However flooding the market with free dangerous drugs is just plain silly.

    And a market flooded... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by kdog on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:28:23 AM EST
    with over-priced drugs of dubious quality leading to unneccesary health problems, and leading sometimes desperate people to do desperate things is somehow not silly?

    Pharmacuetical grade cocaine is not really all that dangerous...addiction issues aside.  Much preferred to cocaine cut with baby laxative or other mystery white powders.


    Silly (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by squeaky on Wed May 07, 2014 at 10:45:32 AM EST
    As opposed to free, or nearly free bottles of glue, paint thinner and other readily available substances that can get you high.

    Most people do not want to be stoned, as it is difficult enough negotiating life under normal conditions.

    Yes, some manage quite well self medicating..  and some have problems..  but the biggggggggggggest draw to illegal drug is that they are illegal.

    'Must be something good that the government is afraid of our using them'..  would be something like that for teen to imagine.

    then the sexy counterculture that profiteers construct to keep the money flowing in perpetuates the allure.

    Free drugs for everyone would end the drug war in a second, and 5% of the money spent on interdiction can be put towards building and staffing hundreds of treatment facilities in the US and around the world.


    Minor quibble... (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by kdog on Wed May 07, 2014 at 11:19:09 AM EST
    with paragraph 2...most of the world population does want to get high on one thing or another.  Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, opium, pain pills, coffee, sex, jogging, thrill-seeking, religion, art, television, the internet, whatever floats your dopamine transmitter boat.

    Needless to say I'm a fan of taking the edge off, and I'd be so bold to say I'm in the world majority on this one, all that differs is the path. We've been getting high on something since we started walking upright, and humankind will always seek a high....it's part of being human.

    The person who tells you they never get high are high on being a Debbie-Downer;)  


    Add... (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by kdog on Wed May 07, 2014 at 11:19:59 AM EST
    and power, how could I forget high on power.  Perhaps the most addictive high there is!

    Yes (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by squeaky on Wed May 07, 2014 at 11:47:18 AM EST
    Power is free so why shouldn't weed and coke be free too!



    You left out music (classical, that is!) (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Wed May 07, 2014 at 03:12:02 PM EST
    Say what? (none / 0) (#10)
    by unitron on Wed May 07, 2014 at 04:28:35 PM EST
    "... but the biggggggggggggest draw to illegal drug is that they are illegal."

    If snorting a line of cocaine produced no sensation whatsoever, then they could make it mandatory for the cops to blow the brains out of anyone caught with a single speck of it right there on the spot, and they'd never find anyone to shoot.


    Think complex (none / 0) (#11)
    by Mikado Cat on Fri May 09, 2014 at 12:09:28 AM EST
    Military industrial complex, where a circular path of money and power exists promoting itself.

    Drug sales and enforcement complex, billions of dollars are shuffled around, enforcement is unionized and well represented with lobbies, same thing its a circular money path those on the receiving end will not give up easily.

    I think it has a chance of happening though, we just don't have the money to keep pouring in the current system.