HAITI-MIAMI: GUY PHILIPPE: HAITIAN SENATOR-ELECT TO PLEAD GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING 

 

 

 

 

HAITI-MIAMI: GUY PHILIPPE: HAITIAN SENATOR-ELECT TO PLEAD GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING

Haitian Senator-elect Guy Philippe from the Grande-Anse part of Haiti is reportedly prepared to plead guilty to drug trafficking. The Senator was arrested in Haiti earlier this year by agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Mr. Philippe who was elected senator did not have time to take office. His arrest occurred before he could be sworn in. He was brought to Florida and indicted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Mr. Philippe is another in a long line of participants who were arrested between 2008 and 2012, some of whom are currently serving time in Federal prison with sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years.

Mr. Philippe began his military career just before President Aristide came to power in 1989. He was one of seventeen Haitian officers who was sent to Quito, Ecuador for military training. While in Quito, according to cooperating witnesses, Mr. Philippe made contacts and developed relationships with several drug lords from Columbia. Upon his return to Haiti, he made additional contacts with several Columbian drug dealers’ representatives who moved to Haiti to oversee the drug shipment business.

For many years, Mr. Philippe and several Haitian businessmen and current members of the Haitian parliament conspired with other indicted and non-indicted co-conspirators to distribute hundreds of thousands of kilos of cocaine. These shipments were transported from Haiti to Miami and other cities around the United States. According to the indictment, planes carrying drug shipments from Columbia would land in remote parts of Haiti, where they could be received undetected or without much interference. According to his co-conspirators, these shipments, usually about a thousand kilos per shipment, would be housed in several locations in Haiti including the Caribbean Market in Port-Au-Prince allegedly.

Thousands of kilos of cocaine from Haiti would arrive in Florida or New York via commercial airline carriers. Sometimes, the cocaine would be shipped using vessels owned and operated by Haitian businessmen. The cash totaling millions of dollars would be sent back to Haiti the same way. Once the money arrived in Haiti, Haitian businessmen allegedly such as Marc A Acra, Rey Deeb, Kiko St Remy ,Sherif Abdala etc would then serve as money launderers for a 20% profit, and bring the money into the Haitian banking system and then to Columbia.

Since the early 1980’s, Haiti had become a preferred drug destination for many Columbian cartels. The administration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide had seen a serious increase in drug trafficking from Haiti to the United States. This increase caused the DEA to start paying attention to the players leading to the arrest and convictions of several people who were very close to President Aristide. One of these people is Beaudouin “Jacques” Ketant, who was sentenced to twenty-seven years in prison. He finally made a deal to cooperate with the US government and in turn received early release.

Mr. Philippe was one of several people who was indicted some ten years ago. However, before he could be arrested, the CIA intervened. Because not only was Mr. Phillipe allegedly on the CIA payroll, but Mr. Philippe was used to destabilize the Aristide administration leading to Aristide’s forced exile to South Africa. Once, Philippe was no longer needed by the CIA; the agency cleared the path for his arrest for conspiracy. However, Mr. Philippe proved to be a very elusive target, hiding in the countryside where road access is nonexistent. In 2015, Mr. Philippe decided to run for the Senate, with the hope that his election would provide him with immunity. However, the DEA was ten steps ahead of him. Before he could enter parliament, he was arrested.

After his arrest, his lawyers argued without success that he was seized in violation of international laws and his status as the Senator-elect protected him from prosecution. Unfortunately, the Federal Judge in Florida disagreed with his attorney’s assessment and denied the motion. As the US government prepared for their trial against Philippe, he was forced to consider the strength of the government’s case against him and the possibility of life in prison should he be convicted. And convicted, he would be, conspiracy requires very little to prove.

The news that Mr. Philippe is prepared to plead is not unusual. In most drug cases the defendant will plea and cooperate to avoid a long sentence. Given the amount of drugs involved and Mr. Philippe’s position and responsibility in the criminal enterprise, it is entirely possible that he could spend the rest of his life in a federal prison. Cooperation would bring him a lot. If he cooperates and tells the government about those who were involved in the conspiracy and the extent of the conspiracy, he could likely shave several decades off his sentence. Mr Phillipe was allegedly asked information on:

Whom provided him weapons in Haiti,

Whom in the private sector and in government offices were his partners in the drug trade

Which bank and mostly whom in the private sector were laundering money for him and for the kingpins of Haiti.

Whom in parliament and high officials that were, and are part in the drug trade.

Meanwhile, according to sources in Port-Au-Prince, many Haitian businessmen are nervous and seeking the advice of counsel. Mr. Philippe has a portfolio full of Haitian businessmen who for the better part of a decade laundered money for him and the criminal enterprise. Those Haitian businessmen are still operating in Haiti. Some of them are in the Haitian Senate while others are inside the Haitian National Palace. The question is, who is going to be arrested next in Haiti? This is a mystery that Omega World News will seek to uncover. Stay tuned for more information about pending arrests of Haitian businessmen and politicians.

 

Omega Staff Writers

 

 

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