Peru: The Narco-Government of Fujimori

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Wed Oct 8 19:49:59 MDT 1980


The retired Army General Carlos Mauricio stated "Colombian drug barons
have infiltrated Peru's armed forces" in response to recent findings of
cocaine shipments on board Air Force planes and Navy ships. General
Mauricio expressed his concern for the crew members since it is quite
certain they were just following orders from high ranking officers.
Another retired Army General, German Parra, denounced the narcotics'
trade in the armed forces is a clear consequence of the low salaries for
officers and troops. General Parra declared "poverty has reached the
armed forces as well, and this misery leads us to criminal acts", "I
know retired generals, friends of mine, in psychiatric treatment because
of neurosis, they are suffering because they cannot even afford to pay
for their older children's education", "If the armed forces are in
Power, then why don't we have the same benefits that others in the
present administration have? Army General earns 1,200 soles per
month [US$ 590 dollars] while high ranking bureaucrats in Fujimori's
government earn US$ 10,000 and even US$ 15,000 dollars per month!".
General Parra concluded "the morale of the armed forces is sinking!" [La
Republica, July 8, 1996]. Note: the Generals' views simply reflect
another aspect of the Strategic Equilibrium in the People's War. The
reactionary Army is going from strong to weak, while the People's Army
(EPL) led by the PCP goes from weak to strong. Further, the above
comments are from retired Army Generals; active officers and soldiers
would be punished and executed "for treason" if they expressed their
grievances. The PCP's directive is just and correct: Soldiers and
Sailors bring your weapons and join the revolution!.

PERUVIAN NAVY SHIPS TRANSPORT COCAINE. The anti-narcotics police found
28 bags with cocaine of high purity on board the Navy ship "Ilo" in the
port of Callao. Each bag contained over 17 kilos of the narcotic. The
ship's Captain and 53 crew members are under arrest until investigations
are completed. Members of the anti-narcotics police indicated the
shipment was for the Atlanta 96 Olympics [La Republica and various
sources, July 8, 1996].

LIMA. The criminal court investigating the relations of Peruvian Army
officers and the drug baron Demetrio Chavez "Vaticano" has ordered the
arrest of Army Captain Carlos Hernandez. This captain was the chief of
the countersubversive base at Sion (Tocache, Huallaga) from December
1991 to February 1992, and confirmed he received payments from drug
barons because his desperate troops had no food supplies for two
straight months [El Comercio, july 16, 1996].  The troops in Fujimori's
reactionary army are in desperate conditions, recent reports show "They
are a raggedy bunch, tired, dirty and malnourished. They steal animals
and money from the people, and rapes of young girls are frequent. They
call themselves "rambos" and the townspeople are afraid of them".

LIMA. In an interview with the right wing Argentinean daily "Clarin",
Alberto Kenyo Fujimori admitted that drug dealers have "infiltrated"
Peru's armed forces; he added "what we do is simply investigate". In
relation to the civil war, Kenyo Fujimori recognized "there are still
some isolated columns in the jungle, but there is a large search going
on, even with some casualties in the Army". Fujimori also rejected the
accusations of fraud and corruption against the State insurance company
"Popular Porvenir" at present managed by some of his family members
[Gestion, July 16, 1996].

LIMA. Over one hundred installations of the Peruvian Navy, including war
ships and submarine bases, are being searched by special inspectors to
determine how many Navy facilities are being used for the storage and
transport of cocaine. Two Navy ships, "Matarani" and "Ilo", were found
transporting narcotics; in early July 57 kilograms of cocaine were found
on board of the "Matarani" when it arrived to Vancouver, Canada [El
Comercio, July 16, 1996].

FUJIMORI AND DRUG DEALERS. There is confusion over Fujimori's evasive
answer when questioned about the recent article published in Mexico's
newspaper "Reforma". The Mexican daily reported that Vladimiro
Montesinos, Fujimori's main advisor and master of SIN, and Santiago
Fujimori, Fujimori's brother, are closely linked to various Mexican
mafias involved in cocaine and heroine trade [El Comercio, August 5,

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