On March 13, 2018 this Cessna 210 aircraft was interdicted in a privately owned rice paddy field in Saramacca, Suriname in the same area where the semi-submersible was seized. On the aircraft some 488.6 kilos of cocaine were seized and 7 persons were arrested 5 Surinamese and 2 foreigners who are all yet to appear in court. The aircraft was reportedly stolen in Brazil. As with the case of the semi-submersible the government is silent on this seizure. This seizure is further evidence that Saramacca is integrated into the multi modal trafficking transition zone encompassing Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil. Constituting the largest cocaine trafficking hub ever constructed on the northern coast of South America since the days of Pablo, Carlos and Louis Rodriguez. This is another powerful instance and exposition of Pax Mexicana!
These are two photos of the semi-submersible seized at Saramacca in Suriname’s north coast in the first week of March 2018 supposedly which borders the Waini region of Guyana where a semi-submersible was interdicted. The count presently is now two semi-submersibles interdicted on the north coast of Guyana and Suriname. This illustrates that there is a fleet of semi-submersibles working the pipeline to Brazil and the Eastern Caribbean Trafficking Pipeline (ECTP). There is a thick veil of silence that has been placed over information in the public domain in Suriname with relevance to the semi-submersible. What has been made public is the arrest and arraignment of 8 persons supposedly connected to the operation of the semi-submersible 7 Colombians and 1 Cuban. The member of the Surinamese parliament who placed a photo of the semi-submersible on her facebook page exposing the matter has been publicly blamed for destroying the sting operation underway to dismantle the drug trafficking operation. Supposedly a foreign entity informed the government of the activities of the semi-submersible and the Bouterse government went in to full co-operation mode with the foreign agency same say it’s the DEA. The photo shows an operational craft designed to carry a large payload at minimum 5,000 kilos to a maximum of 10,000 kilos of cocaine operating in the Southern Caribbean basin, its margins with the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean Sea upwards to the Northern Caribbean islands. The small creek the semi-submersible was found in is clearly not the desired anchor point for the craft given its dimensions, depth and the fact that it varies with the tidal flow. In addition it’s totally exposed to observation which indicates that it pulled into the creek as a result of mechanical problems or some other reason. The reality is the region is a soft target for this operation from the southern margins all the way up the eastern Caribbean island chain and this is now drawing Brazil into a military posture for the southern margins of the Caribbean sea seen in their dance with Guyana as is the case with the French given their position in French Guiana as product floods French Guiana on its way to France. Pax Mexicana!
This week news media pushed the report that Admiral Tidd of SOUTHCOM stated that there were 100 and more IS active assets in T&T. The first question was why Adm. Tidd would reveal in public such operational information in light of the SOUTHCOM article in Dialogo on the Carnival 2018 threat? Naturally, I was awaiting the regular post of such press conferences by Adm. Tidd on the SOUTHCOM website and lo and behold fake news again in the tradition of that “famous” Saturday Guardian article. This is what Adm. Tidd actually said on T&T in the press briefing. Click the link for the transcript and the video.
“Q: OK, General (sic), Hans Nichols with NBC News.
At the top, you talked a lot about extremists and ISIS. Just wondering what sort of evidence you have that either ISIS cells or networks are in your AOR.
ADM. TIDD: I think I would just point to a couple of the foreign fighters that have been very vocal in the past, speaking in English language in the — in the ISIS fight in Syria, that originated in Trinidad and Tobago.
We know they came. We know that the government of Trinidad has spoken of 100 or so that — foreign fighters that have gone to that particular fight. So that’s — I guess that would be the — probably the best indicator that, yes, in fact, there are individuals who have been radicalized, who this pernicious method — message is — has taken root.
And so it’s one that is of concern to the government of Trinidad and Tobago. They’ve — they have focused on it. And so I think it’s a — it’s an area that we all have to take into consideration.”