St Lucia: The Order of the MTTOs and the Decent and Respectable Drug Smugglers

In St Lucia the focus is on Gangland and gun violence as crime and violence in St Lucia is acutely politicized, which is an ongoing attempt to mystify reality on the ground to mask the complicity of the decent and respectable people, their involvement in and sale of impunity to the Colombian Capos of Bandas Criminales. The fact that the son of a Capo walked out of Bordelais Correctional Facility taking his entourage with him was a message to all and sundry on the impunity they wield in St Lucia. What has to be understood is the Colombian business model created by the Valle Norte organization which allowed citizens of St Lucia to purchase a load of kilo bricks and then pay Colombian smugglers to move it to Europe where the owner sold it to European cocaine brokers. These loads were moved via St Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean. These smugglers are shakers and movers in St Lucia, decent, respectable and outstanding citizens whilst their Colombian business model spawned a form of gangland noted for endemic violence as there was no Order, no discipline driven by a war for supply and dominance. The Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organizations (MTTOs), not no CARTELS as this is a white mystification of reality as the Medellin Federation and the Cali Organization were both under the Rule of the MTTOs with Mexicans on their Board, moved into the Caribbean took control as they have their own supply in Colombia and they control entry to the European market. They don’t sell their product to persons outside of their organization and their affiliates and the globalized organization includes European transnational organized crime that controls entry to Europe. The smugglers of St Lucia are then faced with a grave problem of supply and more importantly of entry to the favored European market. The MTTOs faced with an adversary noted for indiscipline and individual interest before organizational interest, they simply apply the rapacious strategy of informing on the whereabouts of their enemies’ shipments at the ports of entry and outside the ports of entry in Europe. This is the extent of this grave crisis that has has now enveloped the decent and respectable drug smugglers of St Lucia and drives the violence in Gangland. The MTTOs don’t need the services of these drug smugglers of St Lucia, they are of no strategic importance to the MTTOs, they are now dinosaurs as a failed order is replaced by the most potent order ever erected in the history of smuggling in the world. The change is now apparent in the emergence of the new Gangland in St Lucia where the Gangland affiliates of the MTTOs will grow rich and powerful through smuggling within this globalized transnational organized crime networks. The threat posed is organically different and unique in the history of drug smuggling in the Caribbean and the politicians are now faced with a new reality as this threat is simply not interested in purchasing impunity, as state capture is much more sustainable in the long run.

Covid-19 Didn’t Change the Homicide Terrain of St Lucia

In 2019 the St Lucia murder rate per 100,000 persons was 26.80 and in 2020 it accelerated to 30.49 which indicated that realities of the illicit trades continued impacting St Lucia’s illicit trade and its gangland deeply destabilizing an old order based on the Colombian model on its way out. From all indications the trend continues in 2021 as the Colombian model crumbles under the pressure of the business model of the MTTOs. The first reality to be appreciated is the fact that the volume of the trades in the Caribbean exploded under the lockdowns of Covid-19 heading to Europe. The volumes of product moving Northwards and then across the Atlantic along the ECTP impacted St Lucia in a specific way as only affiliates of the MTTOs had access to this product. Those outside of this closed circle had to find product from the Colombian paramilitary Capos not affiliated to the MTTOs. The long standing trade between St Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe was also disrupted as the ECTP flowed directly into these French overseas departments with those not affiliated to the MTTOs in these islands squeezed out of MTTOs supply. The issue then is supply between the haves and have nots, the gun violence that follows.triggering tit for tat violence. There are now new overlords of the trade in Martinique and Guadeloupe as transnational organized crime groups affiliated to the MTTOs have moved along the dual flow pipeline between France and its overseas departments to control the trades. Moroccan transnational organised crime affiliated to the MTTOs dominate hashish and small arms smuggled from France and are now dominating the cocaine pipelines to France. They bought influence by trading hashish for cocaine and guns but now they control the cocaine, hashish and gun trades passing product to their structure of affiliates in Caribbean gangland. The old St Lucia dual flow pipeline to Martinique especially is now facing extinction and in its death throes the violence in St Lucia is magnified and is also apparent in Martinique. The violence in gangland St Lucia will continue until such time the MTTOs decide that St Lucia is a strategic asset worthy of intervening and enforcing their order on the trades and gangland as they did in T&T in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. If not then then the reality continues.

The Long Arm of the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organizations (MTTOs) Pax Mexicana!

The fear expressed in the GAME of the Mexicans is potently illustrated in two guidelines of the US GAME: I prefer to face a jury of 12 rather than be carried by 6 and you have two eyes, two ears and only one mouth. These maxims clearly express the disciplinary order of the GAME enforced by the MTTOs unlike the gross indiscipline, cut up, murder, mayhem and loose lips, informers of the Colombian model. On Wednesday May 19, 2021 the news broke of the death of Jesus Santrich reputed leader of the dissident FARC on the Colombia/Venezuela border. On Thursday 20 May 2021 it was confirmed by FARC that Santrich was killed on 17 May 2021 by a Colombian commando kill squad who knew exactly where he was, at what time and what he was doing. The Colombian kill squad penetrated the area killed him, took his little finger of his left hand as proof and were airlifted out of the kill zone. Another potent example of the long arm of the MTTOs where they give up those who choose to wage war on them by utilizing the political machinery and the state security apparatus. Santrich refused to give up the drug trade for peace, his war was in fact a mask for his bid to become a cocaine player in Colombia with the retreat of the FARC from their coca lands. Santrich then chose to make war on the MTTOs and their Colombian affiliates who took over these coca lands implementing a new coca business model. In this war Santrich made two strategic moves that made him an international threat to the hegemony of the MTTOs: to launch attacks on Venezuela on its border with Colombia which were in fact attacks on MTTOs operations and to form an alliance with fragments of the shattered Sinaloa Federation in an attempt to bypass the MTTOS. Santrich was deluded that his embrace of the regime change agenda in Venezuela and the embrace of the allies of Bandas Criminales in Mexico was enough to purchase impunity for his operation in Colombia. He died deluded and will be carried by 6 with his left hand pinky finger missing. Pax Mexicana !

May 22, 2021 The Venezuelan government has made no statement to date on the death of Santrich who was killed in Zulia state, Venezuela, there is a stony silence from the government. What was Santrich doing in Zulia state, the epicenter of the drug trade in Venezuela and the focus of a heightening campaign by Colombian paramilitaries to destabilize this state which is posing a grave threat to the business model of the MTTOs in Zulia state. Suddenly all official statements on the 8 FANB soldiers held captive by Colombian paramilitaries no longer include identifying the Colombian group as in the past as is with the attacks on the state infrastructure in Zulia state. In Zulia state FARC is involved and the ELN in Apure state which signals the Colombian coalition for regime change driven by the dream of reconstituting El Cartel del Sol under the oligarchy of the blancos as existed under the Punto Fijo agreement politics of Venezuela before Chavez. This is the dream of the blanco Leopoldo Lopez and the mestizo straw man Juan Guaido and their Colombian overlords. The message has then been sent for the agenda intends to break the back of MTTOs hegemony over the cocaine trade to Europe and the USA, over the cocaine trade period with a return to the failed Colombian model. Regime change in Venezuela is then the mask for and the mystification of a move to break the back of MTTOs hegemony over the cocaine trade. The message was then sent also to elements in the Venezuelan government long in bed with the Colombian paramilitaries. La Raza has spoken indicating its rejection of the return to blanco oligarchy and the failed Colombian model.

The Caribbean Gun Trade 2021

From the first oil boom of the 1970s the gun trade from the USA went into a boom as demand for hardware in T&T way outstripped supply. This 1970s boom sucked in a plethora of small hustlers who flew to New York, Miami etc purchasing hardware, hid it in a variety of goods as dryers, washing machines, speaker enclosures etc etc to get it past Customs T&T. Miami was the boom town for supply and it remains the main exporter of illicit guns to the Caribbean and Latin America given its lax gun laws. New York’s rigid gun laws has always spawned a market where demand runs down supply seen in the high illicit gun prices. The Saturday night special was then invented where you drive to Georgia buy the product legally and smuggle it into New York. To be a viable gun exporter in New York you must have supply flowing into New York to you which you then export to T&T. You have then to be connected, a part of organized crime even transnational organized crime. Saturday night specials and waiting for supply to purchase on New York’s illicit gun market to then export to T&T means you are a small operator expendable, cannon fodder in the GAME. In Florida it is an entirely different reality, you have the agents , the gun shows, an entirely legal structure that allows legal purchases but the problem is legal exports. You then export illegally which puts you on the radar of the ATFE but the ATFE is not noted for its leading edge structure necessary to dance with the volume of illicit exports. From the 1970s the demand was for handguns and ammunition which allowed competition from the Latin American gun boats who then introduced a stable supply of AK-47s, hand grenades, RPGs, bullet proof vests etc. in the late 20th Century and especially during the early 21st Century an arms war hit T&T gangland as AR-15s from the USA changed the balance of firepower in gangland constituting a feeding frenzy for the AR-15. This frenzy re-awakened interest in the US gun supply given the abundance of this weapon in the US, the cost of acquisition and the fact that the supply from Colombia was not competitively priced. The demand for the AR-15 resulted then in composite shipments of AR-15s, handguns, ammunition, parts for guns, etc flooding into T&T. These shipments are for gangland and the illicit gun market where persons are supposedly buying multiple firearms and assault rifles for personal protection. The supply side of the gun market given this product preference has now directed gun smugglers to Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. The MTTOs remain way ahead of the competition in the acquisition and utilization of small arms in its business model and it is this business model that kick started the arms race in T&T. The MTTOs purchase semi-finished parts of the AR-15 in the US export these parts and finish them in machine shops, where the completed AR-15 is assembled which is a clean gun, it has no serial number, no legal registration, it can only be marked by its ballistic signature and there are counter measures for that. The importation of gun parts and its final assembly into guns in the US Virgin Islands for sale on the illicit market has been interdicted.

Lessons for T&T on the LIFE and how it impacts T&T

Three instances in the LIFE that impact T&T offer lessons that need to be learned: the seizure of the illicit shipment of arms and ammunition on April 22, 2021 at an airport bond, the sinking of the penero with 24 Venezuelans bound for T&T illegally on April 22, 2021 in the water of Delta Amacuro, Pedernales municipality and the seizure of a penero with 1.2 tonnes of cocaine on the Araya peninsula, Sucre state on April 23, 2021. Viewed together these three instances give a glimpse of the threat horizon that T&T is now placed in given the operation of the illicit trades under the hegemony of transnational organized crime. The items that comprised the illicit arms shipment indicate the outfitting of a militia down to the balaclavas, and the flashing blue lights and the siren speak to action that requires passing for legitimate police, one of which is possible political action. The entire affair speaks to an attempt to resist the new order, to commit acts of violence that will shatter the peace of gangland in a desperate bid to break the hegemony of the new order. But as has happened and continues to happen ,see Honduras, in the Caribbean Basin, the MTTOs gave them up, dropped the dime on the arms smuggling operation and has already done so on those involved in acquisition and shipping the consignment. There is a price to pay and will be paid as the Cleansing continues. The entire methodology utilized in the operation was not that of the MTTOs, they simply don’t move product in that manner which has various points of operational weakness without fail safe measures utilized. The lesson then for T&T is that those displaced by the new order are now desperate and desperate people take grave risks in the GAME. Get your house in order, ole talk ain’t cutting it. The lesson of the migrant smuggling operation from Tucupita is the operation of the dual flow pipeline as the red band maxi line from POS to Arima. On April 19, 2021 32 people in a penero left La Horqueta, Tucupita for T&T. On the late night of April 22, 2021 at La Barra de Cocuina, 8 persons left the penero boarded another boat and left for T&T leaving 24 to continue on when the boat sank when it reached Pedernales with seven rescued. The eight paid a much better price that the 24 and they are now in T&T since the early morning of the 23 April 2021. Those who paid the economy price drowned. The boats leave Trinidad carrying select passengers with select loads and go as far as Tucupita, Sucre state and Nueva Esparte state, some even venture to Falcon state, with T&T nationals and non- nationals as captains. They arrange return loads and drop and pick up runs from T&T and back. The Manaus variant entered T&T brought not only by a one way trip penero of illicit migrants but also by nationals and non-nationals who make repeated round trips and have families across the Gulf, this is the grave threat. The penero with the 1.2 tonnes of cocaine in Sucre state with two on board and outfitted with three 200 HP outboard engines was making the run to the Caribbean island chain most highly likely Western and North Western Trinidad bordering the Gulf for movement finally to Europe. Sucre State in the East and Zulia State in the West are the illicit drug terminals of Venezuela with Sucre flooding the Caribbean island chain. In 2020 there was a flood of cocaine moving through the Caribbean and it continues in 2021 and T&T has been switched on as an export point seen in the tonnage now moving through T&T. All three events are linked, all three emerge from a business model under the hegemony of the MTTOs constituting a multifaceted body of threats which cannot be mitigated with delusional ole talk, race babbling, Time to get REAL as faking it ain’t cutting it again.

The Islamic State and the Muslims of Trinidad and Tobago in the 21st Century

Now Published as an E-book Online

This work analyses the discourse of the Islamic State and the condition of and the nature of the Muslim Community of Trinidad and Tobago post 1990 to 2014 to understand the impact of the discourse of IS to motivate the Hijrah of Muslims of T&T to the Islamic State. Two core, pressing questions that arise are answered in this work: the why was the T&T contingent to IS the largest per capita in the world and why did the Muslims of T&T who pledged loyalty to IS and acted upon it choose to migrate rather than obey the stream of commands issued by IS for them to attack Western Interests and the enemies of Islam in T&T from the 4th Quarter of 2014?

Bring the children and orphans back home now! Why must they be criminalized and punished for what their parents did, having no choice, no voice, no human agency in the matter.

Caribbean Basin Homicide Rates 2020: the case of Trinidad and Tobago

Rank 2020 Homicide Rate……………………Rank 2019 Homicide Rate

1. US Virgin Islands 45.00………………………….3. 40.50

2. Jamaica 43.93…………………………………….2. 44.87

3. Honduras 35.29……………………………………1. 46.26

4. St Lucia 30.49…………………………………….6. 26.80

5. St Vincent & the Grenadines 29.74………………9. 21.70

6. Trinidad and Tobago 28.29……………………….4. 38.13

7. Belize 25.65………………………………………5. 32.80

8. Colombia 23.61……………………………………7. 25.48

9. St Kitts & Nevis 18.79…………………………..11. 20.84

10. The Bahamas 18.56……………………………..8. 24.68

11. Puerto Rico 18.49………………………………21. 9.93

12. Guatemala 14.36……………………………….12. 20.36

13. Barbados 14.26…………………………………13. 17.04

14. Venezuela 13……………………………………10. 21

15. Haiti 12.10………………………………………22. 9.59

16. Panama 11.51…………………………………..18. 11.17

17. Costa Rica 11.16…………………………………19. 11.08

18. Antigua & Barbuda 9.19…………………………27. 3.12

19. Curacao 7.92…………………………………….17. 11.87

20. Guadeloupe 5.74…………………………………No Score

In 2019 Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) was fourth in the ranking and second in CARICOM with 38.13 homicides per 100,000 persons which fell in 2020 to 28.29 per 100,000 persons with a ranking of sixth overall and fourth in CARICOM. This dramatic fall in the homicide rate in T&T in 2020 has been attributed to various factors as excellent policing and the Covid-19 lock-down but the reality on the ground especially in the illicit rades is never factored into official explanations for this dramatic fall in homicides which is accelerating in the first quarter of 2021.

In 2020 the Ganja Wars that drove the blood-lust in Gangland suddenly died and especially after June 30, 2020 the blood letting in Gangland began to markedly decrease whilst the ganja markets became flooded with product, prices stabilized and the glaring gap between supply and demand narrowed. During 2020 demand for ganja markedly increased as we burned our way through lock-down by drawing on the herb but there was no shortage of supply, no price gouging and most of all, no Ganja Wars. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 with market demand at this level the streets of Gangland would have been stained red with blood instead in 2020 the focus was not on killing for a half pound but earning, generating wealth. The volume of illicit imports exploded but the seizures in 2020 in no way reflected the volume of product that was entering T&T in fact the seizures knocked off low level functionaries whilst the players operated with the necessary space to grow richer. Illicit imports of cocaine also exploded but not for local consumption as this is a sunset market but for export to Europe as T&T is a fast developing transshipment point of note in the Caribbean island chain.

The remand yard is not filled with the players of Gangland nor of the illicit trades which raises the question of how did effective policing lower the homicide rate in 2020? The seizures made of ganja and cocaine in 2020 do not account for even 2% of the volume imported into T&T in 2020 especially for ganja as demand exploded as we self-medicated in response to the lock-down depression. Covid heightened demand and certainly did not stop imports in fact it aided imports, so how did Covid reduce the homicide rate in 2020?

The fundamental question is what was intrinsically different on the ground in 2020 that was absent in 2017, 2018 and 2019? In the run up to the second decade of the 21st Century a federation of specific players was formed with the specific intent to exert hegemony over the ganja market of T&T, expand their operations to become players of note in the transshipment of cocaine and heroin from T&T and control the export of homegrown ganja from T&T. This federation was connected to Colombian paramilitary Capos and the members of the federation were desirous of becoming the Capos of T&T with Caribbean rank. In their quest for hegemony this federation unleashed on T&T in the second decade of the 21st Century the most intense period of blood letting in our history especially from 2017 to 2019 with the Ganja Wars. Between 2018 to 2019 four players of the federation were silenced along with vassals of the Colombian Capos in the Venezuelan migrant community. The Megalodon signaled its operational hegemony in T&T formally on June 30th, 2020 and thereafter the homicide rate began to decline in spite of repeated efforts to trigger the tit for tat wars again as the reef sharks now turned into sardines refused to admit that there was now a new order, The Rule was now hegemonic on the ground.

Transnational organized crime, the MTTOs, gave a gift to the elected and non-elected politicians of T&T which enables them to beat their chest boasting of the success of their war on crime whilst the MTTOs are quickly and efficiently turning T&T into an apes transshipment point of the Southern Caribbean. If in 2021 the homicide rate falls to the low 20’s or less than 20 per 100,000 we will have attained the homicide rate for the apex trafficking points of the Caribbean Basin which is the most potent indicator of the hegemony of The Rule of the ground, the hegemony of the Megalodon and its Great White affiliates. Under The Rule the terrain of crime in T&T will drastically change as the blood letting wanes with the emphasis now on earning not killing. The assault on automatic teller machine facilities without the dismantling of this organized crime group is one sign, The acute shortage of foreign exchange on the licit and illicit markets will indicate the power of The Rule as their business is selling product for USD and Euro around the world. Businesses defined as strategic by The Rule and in dire need of foreign exchange will be presented with a very attractive proposal where The Rule ends up as the silent partner and the recipient is the straw man of The Rule, their bitch. The Rule will then become a player in the private sector, making investments which the politicians, elected and non-elected will beat their chest and boast how they made T&T safe for investment. This is the Dominican Republic and Mexican model of development where the national security apparatus is incapable of responding effectively to the threat posed by transnational, globalized organized crime, for they are constituted as instruments of power to ensure social control. Hammers can only see nails. You sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind! Pax Mexicana.

From Sexual Sadist, Rapist, to Serial Rapist then Serial Killer in Trinidad and Tobago: A Colossal Failure of Policing

Analysis of what has been published in the daily print media of Trinidad and Tobago especially the testimony of an abduction, robbery and rape victim reveals the enterprise of a sexual sadist, rapist who evolved into a serial rapist, then into a serial killer to silence his victims to ensure the integrity of his enterprise and the sustainability of the impunity he was afforded by the colossal failure of policing and the court system of Trinidad and Tobago. The perpetrator was no apex sexual sadist rapist as he was incapable of sustainable earning vitally necessary to maintain a facade of respectability and to generate the capital needed to invest in the sustainable infrastructure needed for the hunt, abduction, sexual sadism during repeated rape, murder and disposal of the body of the victim. His incompetence led him to form working alliances with partners in the enterprise which forced him to rob the victim to pay them for their services and to pay himself towards continuing his enterprise. He was a bungling, incompetent serial rapist, serial killer driven by a burning desire to stalk, abduct, render his victim powerless and in this situation of powerlessness unleash a range of sexual violence on his victim that gave him pleasure, that satiated his desire for the moment. Sexual violence on the powerless victim was his erotic. His bungling incompetence meant that he could not afford the infrastructure to abduct victims holding them in bondage as sexual slaves then killing them. This is what his desire demanded but he was incapable of earning, of creating and maintaing the facade necessary to ensure the sustainability of this enterprise. The burning question is then is how often then did he abduct rape and how many of his rape victims did he kill. Alas we will never know because he is silenced, beaten to death, when we all need him alive to deconstruct his mind methodically, without a hint of violence to reveal to us where did he dump his victims and when. Beating a sexual sadist means nothing, they are immune to violence for it is violence that molded them. What they fear is being incarcerated, unable to stalk, abduct and unleash violence, to satiate their desire. Some when faced with the certainty of incarceration their self-importance kicks on and they begin to boast of their conquests, others show relief in being caught convinced that the case against them is air tight they sing like a semp. To see the signs of the modus operandi of a serial rapist, serial killer and act upon them to arrest and incarcerate this perpetrator and in the process deconstructing their minds, you need policing liberated from colonial policing where your police is a hammer therefore they can only see nails. The potent, abiding lesson is that the failure to incarcerate this perpetrator when he started his career gave him the operating space in which to evolve from sexual sadist, rapist to serial rapist then to serial killer. The system failed, the politicians and the recycled failed politician failed all of us and there were victims who did not need to die and surviving victims who did not need to be victimized and to date the system has refused to say sorry, be penitent and then show how it will never happen again. This is the arrogance born out of the impunity the politics of race affords the system in T&T. Which has failed us miserably and will continue to fail us. In 1978 I wrote on rape in T&T for my BA (HONS) thesis at UWI, St Augustine, in the late 1970s and early 1980s I continued with my research doing filed work in specific areas of the East/West Corridor and what I have read on the experience of victims when they interact with the TTPS to report the crime has not changed from the testimonies I collected in my field studies and this is the 21st Century. Rape is a crime that affords the perpetrators impunity through its very low reporting rate by victims to the police. When you add to the mix an approach by policing which is not welcoming and not driven by the conviction to identify and incarcerate the perpetrator for the good of the social order then you foster a culture of rape with impunity which in the 21st Century is patterned after what obtained on Massa’s plantation not a post-modern democracy. The very response of the public reveals deep denial and delusion when faced with the culture of sexual violence in T&T today and in our history. To speak of only gender violence, violence against woman deliberately silences the adolescent boys who are victims of sexual violence in a social order that denies the level of sexual violence perpetrated on young boys. We are told to watch our girl children whilst boys who are victims of sexual violence don’t exist, silenced and are expected to handle it like a man, like their attacker, hence some of these boys evolve into sexual predators themselves. The sexual power relations of Massa’s plantation exist today as we refuse to face reality and deal with it, which means that the flood of victims will never abate.

March 2, 2021 The testimony of another victim of the deceased serial rapist/serial killer reveals that he was operational in the Chaguanas transport hub where at least 3 victims of rape and one who was abducted made reports to the TTPS. The testimony of the abduction victim confirms that the predator was part of a crime organization which was vitally necessary for the success of his predatory enterprise. This means that he had to earn to benefit this crime group even on days when he was abducting, raping and killing victims he was expected to earn for this group. It is most likely that he was a transporter for the crime group. The predator was then a career criminal with a predilection, Desire for abduction, rape and murder. From his hunting ground of Chaguanas he then migrated for Arima which showed his strategy of transporting women from transport hubs to rural areas with an accomplice who aided and abetted in the abduction. What is now abundantly clear is that when women, young girls and children disappear without trace the TTPS must now accept the reality of the possibility of abduction and murder by a serial killer for where there is one discovered there are others out there much more intelligent and elusive in practicing his craft. Welcome to the real world T&T we have come of age! The question that is of prime importance is the fitness of the national security apparatus to discover, locate, charge and convict such predators in T&T? The answer many will not like and they will slip into delusion for that is the preferred survival mechanism in T&T today.

The Agenda to Assault Trinidad and Tobago using Venezuelan illegal migration as a Weapon: the case of My Memories

The following is now public information in Venezuela on the disaster of the human smuggling venture from Sucre State to T&T that resulted in 28 deaths (so far): the owner of the boat My Memories and the owner of the farm where the clients were housed, loaded onto the boat at La Rincon and departed for T&T who were both arrested, are convicted drug traffickers, the owner of the boat had two of his children on My Memories who drowned, the price per head for the trip was USD 150, the owner of the boat was interdicted by the GNB on December 9 bringing in a boat load of Venezuelans from T&T and he paid USD 4, 500 in hush money to the GNB.

The Reality

Why does a member of a transnational organized crime group which specializes in smuggling illicit drugs, small arms and humans from Sucre State to T&T and the Eastern Caribbean break The Rule and charge a transport fee of USD 150 which is half of the minimum cost of being smuggled from Sucre and Delta Amacuro States to T&T? Why did these smuggling trips that target the families of those recently arrived Venezuelans living in T&T, who pay in USD in T&T for the service at cut rate prices, suddenly appear in the run up to the December 6 National Assembly elections of Venezuela and continued thereafter after Chavismo won? Did the Capo of the trafficking group willingly place his two children on the My Memories with all three of them knowing fully well that the boat was not capable of reaching T&T’s coastline safely?

What has to be grasped is the fact the the regime change agenda in Venezuela has as the tip of its spear the Colombian paramilitary groups that traffick illicit drugs through Venezuela. This was potently illustrated by the photos of the interloper in the company of the command of Los Rastrojos in Tachira State, Venezuela. All arms of these Colombian paramilitary transnational organized crime groups have now been mobilized to destabilize the Gulf and T&T using the trafficking organizations of their capos that link T&T to Venezuela, their members in T&T, their gang members in T&T and the members of the recently arrived Venezuelans who are under the control of this transnational crime group. They broke The Rule to spark a run for smuggling services to fill boats to then precipitate an assault on T&T’s handling of illicit Venezuelan migrants. This assault embraced churning out fake news of the brutality of the T&T Coast Guard, the T&T government and the “rights” of illicit migration as if T&T is a colony of Venezuela and the well oiled regime change corporate media in T&T lapped it up feeding at the trough of the Colombian paramilitary traffickers.

The capos by breaking The Rule sent a message in Sucre State and to T&T the same they have sent repeatedly to the rest of the order of the illicit trades of Venezuela that they are willing to jeopardize The Rule, the maximization of profit and the generation and accumulation of wealth for a political agenda which they insist will give them political hegemony over Venezuela. The interloper and his circus are in bed with Colombian paramilitary organized crime but they are America’s drug traffickers.

The Rule has responded in the Gulf and in T&T as the Cleansing is now broader and deeper in the order of the illicit trades in T&T. The Rule has sent the message that it will not allow the political agenda of the capos to disrupt the new order that is in place, operative over gangland in T&T. Maybe, perhaps the message in the Gulf involved My Memories? This intent of the Colombian paramilitary to constitute the gangland order of Venezuela in T&T where you have gangs affiliated to the Colombian paramilitary as La Linea pursuing a regime change agenda on the ground rather than pursuing wealth generation and maximization has provoked a potent response from The Rule with The Cleansing.

The local drug traffickers of T&T especially from the minority races are under pressure to source product and have this product trafficked to Europe as the MTTOs and the Ndrangheta have closed the European market to product they don’t control. The Colombian paramilitaries can only reach Spain especially Galicia which is presently suffering from too much product fighting to land in limited space, it is a choke point and they are being given up. The local traffickers must then seek alternate entry points and markets but the MTTOs control Mexico which makes the local traffickers very prone to Colombian paramilitary pressure for political action in T&T which places them on a path to collision with The Rule set out by Pax Mexicana. The corbeaux are already roosting on the podium of Santa Muerte.

This entire assault is premised on our failure to act timely to prevent the Venezuelan migrant incursion into T&T which formed in T&T a forward operating location (FOL), a beachhead for the political wars of regime change in Venezuela to threaten the very stability of out social order. The delusion peddled by the regime change talking heads is deliberately constituted discourse to blind us to the threat posed by this FOL in our country for they themselves are delusional as they cannot understand the reality of Venezuela on the ground today. This is no western white supremacist Manichean duality of good/white:black/evil but shades of grey with the power wielded by transnational criminal organizations, of The Rule, the MTTOs and the Colombian paramilitaries faced with the hegemony of The Rule that threatens to strangle them. When we allowed the Venezuelans to flood into T&T we inherited this war between The Rule and the old, discredited, failed order of the Capos in the Caribbean who are on the losing end thus far, in fact it is a war of extinction. Pax Mexicana!

If poverty is the driving force for the Venezuelan migrant incursion why aren’t the Haitians flooding into T&T as they don’t require a visa to enter? There is no transnational organized crime group in Haiti to-date selling packages to T&T as it is not a prime destination unlike Brazil. Transnational criminal organizations sold T&T as a destination in Venezuela with the majority choosing not to pay as they could walk to Colombia and Brazil. Those who came to T&T came with multiple purposes posing as suffering migrants. I have never seen such a collection of persons with such rotund bellies, El Gordo and La Gorda coming from a country where they are starving unlike the Haitians who we show no sympathy for.

Check this fake news designed to hurt T&T.

For an analysis of the reality of drug trafficking in Venezuela today see my latest book on transnational organized crime in the Caribbean

Lessons from the 11.5 tonnes of Cocaine seized from Guyana

The seizure of 1.5 tonnes of cocaine in a rice shipment that originated in Guyana in August 2020 in Hamburg, Germany was contained in my 2020 e-book on the on the illicit trades in the Dominican Republic, Suriname , Venezuela, French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Then came news out of Antwerp, Brussels of the seizure in November 2020 of containers of scrap metal from Guyana containing 11.5 tonnes of cocaine. These are the lessons of this event: As I pointed out in my 2020 e-book the Guinanas have all been switched on as a tag team export point for cocaine to Europe. The November 2020 operation from Guyana using scrap metal was not of the trafficking standard demanded by the MTTOs for its trafficking arm. The load was too large and unprofessionally packed for export in types of scrap metal that did not afford cover for the product. In one container they loaded the product into a metal chest which was nearly the length of the shipping container, they then placed the metal chest into the shipping container and closed the container doors. In the other container loads of kilo bricks were placed in brightly colored plastic bags and simply covered with scrap metal that did not immerse the product in metal as they did not expend the effort to acquire specific types of scrap metal and then insert the kilo bricks into the scrap metal as pipes, cylinders etc. A trafficking operation that was sloppy, unprofessional and substandard which indicated it was the product of a Colombian paramilitary group seeking to break the monopoly of the European market policed by the MTTOs and their partners in transnational Italian organized crime. The MTTOs and the Ndrangheta simply gave them up. The potent lesson is how easily this substandard trafficking group purchased impunity from Guyanese State agents as the containers were scanned before export, passed as fit for export with the scans deleted from the scanning machine. In the Caribbean the State is captured by the traffickers and the annual interdiction made of illicit drugs in no way reflects the actual volume of product moving through these States, interdiction is a political game where the level of interdiction today is not even 5% of the volume of product moving through the State. The war on drugs is lost, just a fake war and an exercise in social control over poor people. Covid-19 and its use by the politicians of the Caribbean as an instrument of social control where the police are now enforcers of good behavior meant that the already inadequate policing of the trade has collapsed as the volume of product flowing through these Caribbean States has increased dramatically. The best example of this is the collapse of the ganja wars in T&T as supply has flooded the market under the policing of not good Covid behavior. Covid has allowed an increase in drug production in the cocaine and ganja production centers and production has expanded to non traditional production centers, the drive for offshore production. Whenever the politicians of the Caribbean grudgingly give up their Covid derived power to police bad Covid behavior they will then face a transnational illicit trade at its most potent in the history of the Caribbean from Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Federation to the MTTOs. Pax Mexicana!

In my latest book on transnational organized crime and the illicit trades in the Caribbean I pointed out that the colonial legacy in the Caribbean of the French, the Dutch and the British through their overseas territories in the Caribbean in the 21st Century are all connected to the neo-colonial metropole via illicit trafficking pipelines to Europe. The largest cocaine seizure in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the history of the BVI, some 2.3 tonnes of cocaine or 2,300 kilo bricks were seized on November 13, 2020 at a building under construction owned by a BVI policeman with 20 years service. The cocaine load was not packaged in the industry standard bales to facilitate trafficking by boat up the ECTP. Each bale was wrapped in translucent packaging with each kilo wrapped to insulate it from the ingress of water. The load was then collected from the mother ship by the coastal transporter where it was handed over for secured storage until its departure for the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or for export to Britain and Europe. Given that we are now in the hurricane season which is coming to an end, a pleasure craft crossing the Atlantic will stick out but there are a range of choices available. Since the 1980s there is a functioning trafficking pipeline from T&T to the BVI and cash smuggling from the BVI to T&T. The failure to interdict in no way means that the trafficking pipelines don’t exist, what it means is the failure of policing and the lack of political will. There is another potent reason for transnational organized crime to be active in the BVI, which is their thriving offshore sector where illicit money enters the offshore sector, is washed clean and returned to transnational organized crime groups. The 2.3 tonnes of cocaine seized in BVI is simply a potent indicator of the MTTOs strategy to maximize the opportunities offered by the geographical location of the Caribbean married to weak, underdeveloped, complicit States, especially the national security apparatus, where impunity is for sale, towards the generation of wealth. The value given for the 2.3 tonnes of cocaine seized in the BVI is equivalent to 75% of its national budget. This is the reality of the power relation of the Caribbean between Caribbean States and the MTTOs which the hegemonic oligarchies of the Caribbean relentlessly must silence, that transnational organized crime can in the 21st Century purchase the national security apparatus of any Caribbean State it targets! Pax Mexicana!