90 Pounds Of Cocaine Found On Cargo Ship Owned By Anti-Drug Senator’s Family

March 4, 2015   |   admintam

John Vibes
November 8, 2014

(thefreethoughtproject.com) A cargo ship connected to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was recently stopped and searched before departing from Colombia. During the search, Colombian Coast Guard agents seized roughly 90 pounds of cocaine.

The drugs were found on the Ping May, which is a vessel operated by the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a company owned by Mitch McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family. This connection is not only relevant because of the family connection, but also because the Chao family has often made large donations to McConnell’s campaigns.

In fact, the Chao family has been funding McConnell since the late 1980s. Years later, in 1993, McConnell married Elaine Chao and secured the Chao family as one of his primary sources for investments.

A gift worth somewhere between 5 and 25 million dollars from the Chao Family made McConnel one of the richest senators in the country in 2008.

The Foremost Maritime Corporation is currently operating 16 dry bulk cargo ships, most of which are currently still in service.

What makes this case even more interesting is that McConnell is well known as a staunch prohibitionist. In 1996, McConnell sponsored “The Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act”, a bill designed to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for people caught with marijuana.

Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta told The Nation that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of the investigation, but that they have yet to file any charges in the case.

The war on drugs is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. There are mountains of evidence proving that the biggest importers of harmful, addictive, mind diminishing street drugs is the government. The drug laws that exist do not apply to the government agencies that bring these substances to our country. They are only designed to keep everyone else from this extremely lucrative business and give the establishment another reason to oppress people.

We have seen this all before during alcohol prohibition, where the government, law enforcement and organized crime were all working together and making an unbelievable amount of money in the black market. When black markets are created the crime rate goes up, taxes go up, prices go up and the police become more corrupt, all of this is inevitable. These are in fact the very consequences that any type of prohibition intends to create.

To solve these problems all that we have to do is end all prohibitions, this would cripple the black market and drastically reduce violence. This would also drastically reduce the reach of police and the state in general, which is why it is looked at as such an impossibility. Drug laws don’t do anything to prevent drug problems in our society, they only encourage violence, raise prices and criminalize half of the population.

This article originally appeared on thefreethoughtproject.com and was used with permission.

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  1. you will find that all the officials that push for prohibition are your main culprits that smuggle. the reason they want military drones to be able to fly over america is for smuggling purposes

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  2. yeah… the only reason for the government to fly drones….
    would be to smuggle drugs, yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaah

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  3. I hope they can implicate McConnell and force him to resign. Kentucky can do better than that corrupt asshat.

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  4. ummm … two questions

    1) where in this article does it say McConnell had anything to do with this?

    2) where in this article does it say that the Chao family, was aware of what we being shipped on their cargo ship? A cargo ship transports good mostly for OTHER people. It is not at all unreasonable to assume that this is simply a shipment by an illegal entity using a cargo ship . Until there is evidence that the Chao family was actually shipping the goods, knowledgeable of it, or didn't follow proper procedures in performing the required diligence for shipments on their cargo ship … this is irrelevant.

    a sensible argument about the effectiveness of bans or prohibitions is certainly an intelligent topic. We can include drugs. as well as guns.

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  5. Good article. KUDOS ON VALID POINTS…

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  6. Good article. KUDOS ON VALID POINTS…

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  7. That's his corp's fault for not checking the cargo. Need to actively do business not be inactive. If you truly are against drugs then you would also take every precaution to prevent your very ships to transport the same thing. Oops my bad I accidentually let 90 pounds of cocaine onto the ship said no security ever.

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  8. What is this? The Turtle Cartel?

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  9. I was right with the article until that "the government imports all the drugs" bullshit. You really should keep away from allegations you can't prove, they discredit everything else you publish.

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  10. ever heard on the Iran/Contra scandal/affair? a federal court found that the CIA was guitly of both smuggeling cocaine into the US from South America and then using the profits to fund and further escalate a situation in Iran with the intent of stirring a coup to replace an unwanted official with an American "puppet".

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  12. Jamison Hoyt Yes I know that. But, my objection wasn't "you can't say that it isn't true", but "you can't say that unless you prove it".
    Iran/Contra is proven, to say the US government is the largest importer of drugs today is not. Giving the actions of the US in the past, its plausible, but that isn't eough to publish it in an article without getting dangerously close to the conspiracy theorists.

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  13. Jamison Hoyt You're serious? Infowars.com? Isn't that site somehow conected to this Alex Jones lunatic?

    Anyway, that doesn't even matter, because you still fail to react to the point I actually made. I did not say "that is untrue", I said "Don't publish that without proof.".
    Just as in the infowars article there are no sources mentioned, neither by name, nor by link. And without soruces the article is NOT RELIABLE. It is simply not possible to judge if what the article states as facts are truly that.
    Again, I'm not saying that it is false, but only that without sources we as readers are unable to determine how true this article is.

    Does really NOBODY understand anymore, what scepticism is about?

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  14. The ship was owned by his in laws, the same people that make massive contributions to his campaign. That's the beauty of having enough money and power to do all this by proxy. Like how Ozzy ozbourne used to pay a guy to carry his coke. Brilliant. But to be able to also manipulate the value of goods by writing legislation is superb corruption and I applaud them. I for one support prohibition. A black market is the only free market. And besides think of all the drug dealers that support their families with this income. If you want to be intelligent stop pretending its coincednece. Also we send so many guns to mexico in exchange for drugs. Glad you brought that up. Maybe we can fund and arm the drug cartels into a real government. That's the plan right?

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  15. You both make valid points. But I believe the spirit of the piece is that in a prohibitionist setting there is an economic gap created known as arbitrage. If you happen to be powerful enough to exploit this gap it is very tempting to do so for massive profits. And people being people, AMD money being so closely related to power compounded by the types of personality that would run for a high office create an inevitable outcome.

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  16. Destroy the drugs before they have a chance to "disappear." I think that every time drugs are found, the haul should be poisoned and let it be known that if you're doing drugs there's a chance you may be poisoned.

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  17. This guy (Mc Connell) is a real asshole that should be voted out of office. yes it was his in laws that owned the ship but you can bet your ass that McConnell is aware of his in laws doing this, and probably has gotten a substansual amount of money from it. his wife is also a lobbyist for the Chinese government which, I would think is a conflect of interest. I bet if people really knew just how many politicians smuggle cocaine into this country they would be suprised, because politicians DO NOT have to go through customs. can you imagine if you bring in 10 pounds of coke into this country by not going through customs, how much money a person can make? street value would be hundreds of thousands of dollers. everyone that comes into this country should have to be required to go thru costoms.

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  18. Oliver Petschulat there is now 5000% more Afghanistan heroin in the world, 5000% more AFGHANISTAN HEROIN supplied to Europe, only thing that changed is the US government took control of over Afghanistan, if that is not "proof" then ?

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