In Honduras, a Police Chief was just caught red-handed helping a drug cartel smuggle cocaine that was headed into the United States. The threat to our nation doesn't just come from within our borders, it comes from corrupt criminal cartels and the foreign governments and officials who assist them.
With the secret report floating around the nation of Honduras, it brings into question the overall levels of corruption inside of the nation's which America sends financial aid towards to ensure that this isn't happening.
The newly elected National Police Chief of Honduras, Jose David Aguilar Moran, is reported to have told law enforcement under him to ignore more than $20 million worth of cocaine and not raid the cartels which are responsible for trafficking it into the United States of America.
The security report says that one major raid was set to occur back in 2013 and it was called off by Chief Aguilar Moran, prompting the truck which law enforcement knew was filled with cocaine to successfully complete its route.
Just how much was Chief Aguilar Moran making on the side off this deal, and how many other times has this happened?
"Inspector Giron Miranda declares that once Sub Commissioner Paz Murillo was detained, he called Sub Commissioner Jose David Aguilar Moran, Chief of Intelligence for Honduras' National Police, on his cell phone and passed the phone to him, who ordered him and threatened him to free Paz Murillo and hand over the tanker truck that was transporting the drugs, that it was an order from higher up," the<a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/honduras-police-chief-helped-drug-cartel-move-tonne-cocaine-worth-20-million-report-1656912"> report states</a>.
The Honduran government is denying the report entirely, but many officers have spoken anonymously stating the corruption reaches the highest levels of the government in Honduras.
The Honduran Security Ministry's Inspector General is responsible for the report and stands by the claims saying multiple officers have confirmed this corrupt allowance of cartel drug flow actually occurred and happens all the time.
"We do not have in hand today any information that says Commissioner Aguilar Moran is a drug trafficker or collaborator of the drug cartels," said Omar Rivera, a member of the Special Commission. "We are going to conduct an exhaustive investigation."
Just this past week the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, spoke of "transforming the National Police" at Moran's swearing-in ceremony, but with this type of news coming out of the country it certainly shows that any such claim is nothing more than rhetoric.
<a href="https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1922.htm">The State Department</a> reports that the USAID has provided more than $3 billion in economic and social development assistance to the Honduran people since it began working in the country in 1961.
From the State Department:
<blockquote>"Honduras is an ally of the United States, and its population registers some of the highest favorability ratings in the hemisphere toward the United States. Our policy in Honduras is focused on strengthening democratic governance, including the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, enhancing economic prosperity, and improving the long-term security situation in the country.</blockquote>
<blockquote>U.S. Government programs are aimed at promoting a healthy and more open economy capable of sustainable growth, improving the business and investment climate, protecting U.S. citizen and corporate rights, and promoting the well-being and security of the Honduran people. The United States works with Honduras to address transnational challenges–including the fight against transnational criminal networks, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, irregular migration, and trafficking in persons–and encourages and supports Honduran efforts to protect the environment.</blockquote>
<blockquote>The goals of strengthening democracy and promoting viable economic growth are also intended to encourage Hondurans to avoid leaving their country and are especially important given the country's geographical proximity to the United States. An estimated 1 million Hondurans reside in the United States, 600,000 of whom are believed to be undocumented; consequently, immigration issues are an important item on the bilateral agenda. With the inclusion of cruise ship visitors primarily visiting the Bay Islands (Roatan), more than 1 million U.S. citizens visited Honduras last year, and approximately 19,000 U.S. citizens presently reside in Honduras.</blockquote>
Maybe it's time to revise that policy if it's having little effect on benefiting America.
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