WRITTEN STATEMENT OF CELERINO CASTILLO III,
RETIRED) FOR THE HOUSE PERMANENT
SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE
April 27, 1998
For several years, I fought in the trenches of the front
lines of Reagan's "Drug War", trying to stamp out what I considered American's
greatest foreign threat. But, when I was posted, in Central and South America
from 1984 through 1990, I knew we were playing the "Drug War Follies."
While our government shouted "Just Say No !", entire Central and
South American nations fell into what are now known as, "Cocaine democracies."
While with the DEA, I was able to keep journals of my
assignments in Central and South America. These journals include names,
case file numbers and DEA NADDIS (DEA Master Computer) information to back
up my allegations. I have pictures and original passports of the victims
that were murdered by CIA assets. These atrocities were done with the approval
of the agencies.
We, ordinary Americans, can not trust the C.I.A. Inspector
General to conduct a full investigation into the CIA or the DEA. Let me
tell you why. When President Clinton (June, 1996) ordered The
Intelligence Oversight Board
to conduct an investigation into allegations that
US Agents were involved in atrocities in Guatemala, it failed to investigate
several DEA and CIA operations in which U.S. agents knew before hand that
individuals (some Americans) were going to be murdered.
I became so frustrated that I forced myself to respond
to the I.O.B report citing case
file numbers, dates, and names of people who were murdered.
In one case (DEA file # TG-86-0005)
several Colombians and Mexicans were raped, tortured and murdered by CIA
and DEA assets, with the approval of the CIA. Among those victims identified
was Jose Ramon Parra-Iniguez, Mexican passport A-GUC-043 and his two daughters
Maria Leticia Olivier-Dominguez, Mexican passport A-GM-8381. Several Colombian
nationals: Adolfo Leon Morales-Arcilia "a.k.a." Adolfo Morales-Orestes,
Carlos Alberto Ramirez, and Jiro Gilardo-Ocampo. Both a DEA and a CIA agent
were present, when the individuals were being interrogated (tortured).
The main target of that case was a Guatemalan Congressman, (Carlos
Ramiro Garcia de Paz) who took delivery of 2,404 kilos of cocaine in Guatemala
just before the interrogation. This case directly implicated the Guatemalan
Government in drug trafficking (The Guatemalan Congressman still has his
US visa and continues to travel at his pleasure into the US). To add salt
to the wound, in 1989 these murders were investigated by the U.S Department
of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility.
DEA S/I Tony Recevuto determined that the Guatemalan Military Intelligence,
G-2 (worst human rights violators in the Western Hemisphere) was responsible
for these murders. Yet, the U.S. government continued to order U.S. agents
to work hand in hand with the Guatemalan Military. This information was
never turned over to the I.O.B. investigation. (see attached response)
I have obtained a letter, dated May 28, 1996, from the
DEA administrator, to U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D), Texas.
In this letter, the administrator flatly lies, stating that DEA agents
engaged in any joint narcotics programs with the
I was there. I was the leading Agent in Guatemala.
99.9% of DEA operations were conducted with the
Guatemala military. In 1990, the DEA invited a Guatemalan military G-2
officer, Cpt. Fuentez, to attend a DEA narcotic school, which is against
DEA policy. I know this for a fact because I worked with this officer for
several years and was in Guatemala when he was getting ready to travel
to the States.
Facts of my investigation on CIA-Contras drug trafficking
in El Salvador:
The key to understanding the "crack cocaine" epidemic,
which exploded on our streets in 1984, lies in understanding the effect
of congressional oversight on covert operations. In this case the Boland
amendment(s) of the era, while intending to restrict covert operations
as intended by the will of the People, only served to encourage C.I.A.,
the military and elements of the national intelligence community to completely
bypass the Congress and the Constitution in an eager and often used covert
policy of funding prohibited operations with drug money.
As my friend and colleague Michael Ruppert has pointed
out through his own experience in the 1970s, CIA has often bypassed congressional
intent by resorting to the drug trade (Vietnam, Laos, Iran, Afghanistan,
When the Boland Amendment(s) cut the Contras off from
a continued U.S. government subsidy, George Bush, his national security
adviser Don Gregg, and Ollie North, turned to certain foreign governments,
and to private contributions, to replace government dollars. Criminal sources
of contributions were not excluded. By the end of 1981, through a series
of Executive Orders and National Security Decision Directives, many of
which have been declassified, Vice President Bush was placed in charge
of all Reagan administration intelligence operations. All of the covert
operations carried out by officers of the CIA, the Pentagon, and every
other federal agency, along with a rogue army of former intelligence operatives
and foreign agents, were commanded by George Bush. Gary Webb (San Jose
Mercury News) acknowledged, that he simply had not traced the command structure
over the Contras up into the White House, although he had gotten some indications
that the operation was not just CIA.
On Dec. 01, 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed
a secret order authorizing the CIA to spend $19.9 million
for covert military aid to the recently formed Contras---
hardly enough money to launch a serious military operation against the
Cuban and Soviet-backed Sandinista regime.
In August 1982, George Bush hired Donald P. Gregg as
his principal adviser for national security affairs. In late 1984, Gregg
introduced Oliver North to Felix Rodriguez, (a retired CIA agent) who had
already been working in Central America for over a year under Bush's direction.
Gregg personally introduced Rodriguez to Bush on Jan. 22, 1985. Two days
after his January 1985 meeting, Rodriguez went to El Salvador and made
arrangements to set up his base of operations at Ilopango air base. On
Nov. 01, 1984, the FBI arrested Rodriguez's partner, Gerard Latchinian
and convicted him of smuggling $10.3 million in cocaine into the U.S.
On Jan. 18, 1985, Rodriguez allegedly met with money-launderer
Ramon Milan-Rodriguez, who had moved $1.5 billion
for the Medellin cartel. Milan testified before a
Senate Investigation on the Contras' drug smuggling, that before this 1985
meeting, he had granted Felix Rodriguez's request and given $10 million
from the cocaine for the Contras.
On September 10, 1985, North wrote in his Notebook:
"Introduced by Wally Grasheim/Litton, Calero/Bermudez
visit to Ilopango to estab. log support./maint. (...)"
In October of 1985, Upon my arrival in Guatemala,
I was forewarned by Guatemala DEA, County Attaché, Robert J. Stia,
that the DEA had received intelligence that the Contras out of Salvador,
were involved in drug trafficking. For the first time, I had come face
to face with the contradictions of my assignment. The reason that I had
been forewarned was because I would be the Lead Agent in El Salvador.
DEA Guatemalan informant, Ramiro Guerra
(STG-81-0013) was in place in Guatemala and El Salvador
on "Contra" intelligence. At the time (early 80's), he was a DEA fugitive
on "Rico" (Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations) and
"CCE" (Continuing Criminal Enterprise) charges out of San Francisco. In
1986, he became an official advisor for the DEA trained El Salvador Narcotics
Task Force. In 1989, all federal charges were dropped because of his cooperation
with the DEA in Central America. Guerra is still a DEA informant in Guatemala.
December 1985, CNN reporter Brian Barger broke
the story of the Contra's involved in drug trafficking.
Notes from my Journals & Intelligence Gathering
January 13, 1986,
I wrote a report on El Salvador under DEA file (GFTG-86-9145).
January 16, 1986---HK-1217W--Carlos Siva and Tulio
Pedras Contra pilots.
January 23, 1986, GFTG-86-9999, Air
Intelligence in "El Salvador" TG-86-0003, Samana and Raul.
In 1986, I placed an informant (Mario Murga) at
the Illopango airport in El Salvador. He was initiated and wrote the flight
plans for most Contra pilots. After their names were submitted into NADDIS,
it was revealed that most pilots had already been document in DEA files
as traffickers. (See DEA memo by me date 2-14-89.)
Feb. 05, 1986, I had seized $800,000.00 in cash,
35 kilos of cocaine, and an airplane at Ilopango. DEA # TG-86-0001; Gaitan-Gaitan,
March 24, 1986, I wrote a DEA report on the Contra
operation. (GFTG-86-4003, Frigorificos de Puntarenas, S.A), US registration
aircraft N-68435 (Cessna 402).
April 17, 86, I wrote a Contra report on Arturo
Renick; Johnny Ramirez (Costa Rica). Air craft TI-AQU & BE-60.. GFTG-86-9999;
April 25,26 1986--I met with CIA Felix Vargas in
El Salvador (GFTG-86-9145).
April of 1986, The Consul General of the U.S Embassy
in El Salvador (Robert J. Chavez), warned me that CIA agent George Witters
was requesting a U.S visa for a Nicaraguan drug trafficker
and Contra pilot by the name of Carlos Alberto Amador.
(mentioned in 6 DEA files)
May 14, 1986, I spoke to Jack O'Conner DEA HQS
Re: Matta-Ballesteros. (NOTE: Juan Ramon Matta-Ballesteros was perhaps
the single largest drug trafficker in the region. Operating from Honduras
he owned several companies which were openly sponsored and subsidized by
May 26, 1986, Mario
Rodolfo Martinez-Murga became
an official DEA informant (STG-86-0006). Before that, he had been a sub-source
for Ramiro Guerra and Robert Chavez. Under Chavez, Murga's intelligence
resulted in the seizure of several hundred kilos of cocaine, (from Ilopango
to Florida) making Murga a reliable source of information.
May 27, 1986, I Met U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alberto
Adame in El Salvador. Has
knowledge of the Contra Operation at Ilopango. He was in El Salvador from
1984 thru 1987.
On June 06, 1986, I send a DEA report/telex cable
to Washington DEA in regards to Contra pilots, Carlos Amador and Carlos
Armando Llamos (Honorary Ambassador from El Salvador to Panama) (N-308P).
Llamos had delivered 4 1/2 million dollars
to Panama from Ilopango for the Contras. Information
was gathered by informant Mario Murga. Leon Portilla-TIANO = Navojo 31
& YS-265-American Pilot: Francisco Viaud. Roberto Gutierrez (N-82161)
June 10, 1998, I spoke to CIA agent Manny Brand
Re: Sofi Amoury (Cuban Contra operator and Guatemalan Galvis-Pena in Guatemala.
June 16, 1986-GFTG-86-9999, Air Intel (DEA-6) El
Early part of 1986, I received a telex/cable from
DEA Costa Rica. SA Sandy Gonzales requested
for me to investigate hangers 4
and 5 at Ilopango. DEA Costa
Rica had received reliable intelligence that the Contras were flying cocaine
into the hangers. Both hangers were owned and operated by the CIA and the
National Security Agency. Operators of those two hangars were, Lt. Col.
Oliver North and CIA contract agent, Felix Rodriguez, "a.k.a."
Max Gomez. (See attached letter by Bryan Blaney (O.I.C.),
dated March 28, 1991).
June 18, 1986, Salvadoran Contra pilot, Francisco "Chico"
Guirrola-Beeche (DEA NADDIS # 1585334 and 1744448) had been documented
as a drug trafficker. On this date, at 7:30a.m, he departed Ilopango to
the Bahamas to air drop monies. On his return trip (June
21) Guirrola arrived with his passengers Alejandro
Urbizu & Patricia Bernal.
In 1988 Urbizu was arrested in the US in a Cocaine conspiracy case.
In 1985 Guirrola was arrested in South Texas (Kleberg
County) with 5 and 1/2 million dollars cash, which he had picked up in
Los Angeles, California. (U.S. Customs in Dallas/ Ft. Worth had case on
June 18, 1986, DEA 6 on Air Intelligence, GFTG-
86-9999; El Salvador.
June 27 & 28, 1986, US Lt. Col. Albert Adame
spoke with US Ambassador Edwin Corr re: Narcotics.
In a July 26, 1986 report
to the Congress, on contra-related narcotics allegation, The State Department
described the Frogman CASE as follows, "this case gets it's nickname from
swimmers who brought cocaine ashore in San Francisco on a Colombian vessel."
It focused on a major Colombian cocaine smuggler, ALVARO CARVAJAL-MINOTA,
who supplied a number of west coast smugglers. It was further alleged that
Nicaraguan Contra, Horacio Pererita, was subsequently convicted on drug
charges in Costa Rica and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. Two other
member of the organization were identified as Nicaraguans Carlos
Cabezas & Julio Zavala.
They were among the jailed West Coast traffickers and convicted of receiving
drugs from Carvajal. They claimed long after their convictions, that they
had delivered sums of monies to Contra resistance groups in Costa Rica.
July 28, 1986, I Met with CIA agents Don Richardson,
Janice Elmore and Lt. Col. Adame in El Salvador.
July 29, 1986, I Met with Don Richardson and Robert
Chavez at the US Embassy in El Salvador.
August 03,1986, Ramiro Guerra, Lt. Col. A. Adame, Dr.
Hector Regalado (Dr. Death, who claimed to had shot Archbishop Romero)
and myself went out on patrol in El Salvador.
In Aug. 1986, The Kerry Committee requested information
on the Contra pilots from the DEA. The Department Of Justice flatly refused
to give up any information.
Aug. 15, 1986, I spoke to CIA (Chief of Station) Jack
McCavett and Don Richardson; El Salvador; Re: Fernando Canelas Sanez from
Aug. 18, 1986,
I received $45,000.00 in cash from CIA Chief of Station (CIA), Jack
McKavett for the purchase
of vehicles for the DEA El Salvador Narcotic Task Force.
Aug. 28, 1986, I had a meeting with El Salvador
US Ambassador, Edwin Corr, in regards to Wally Grasheim, Pete's Place and
Carlos Amador (3:00 p.m.)
Oscar Alvarado-Lara "a.k.a."
El Negro Alvarado
(CIA asset and Contra pilot) was mentioned in 3 DEA files.
On June 11, 1986,
Alvardo transported 27 illegal Cubans to El Salvador Ilopango,
where they were then smuggled into Guatemala. On Sept. 28, 1987, Alvarado
picked up CIA Randy Capister in Puerto
Barrios Guatemala after a joint DEA, CIA and Guatemala Military (G-2) operation.
Several Mexicans and Colombians were murdered and raped. This was supported
by the CIA. DEA File TG-86-0005.
1986, DEA El Salvador, initiated a file on Walter
L. Grasheim (TG-87-0003).
He is mentioned in several DEA, FBI and
U.S Customs files. This
DEA file is at The National Archives in The Iran-Contra file in Washington
D.C (bulky # 2316). Also
see attached Top Secret/Declassified Record of Interview on Mr. Grasheim,
by the Office of Independent Counsel, dated Jan. 03, 1991.
Sept. 01, 1986, at approximately 5:00pm, I received
a phone call in Guatemala from (C.I) Ramiro Guerra, Re: Raid at Wally's
house in El Salvador Wally's plane (N-246-J).
On September 01, 1986, Walter Grasheim (a civilian)
residence in El Salvador was search by The DEA Task Force. Found at the
residence was an arsenal of US military munitions, (allegedly for
a Contra military shipment). Found were cases of C-4 explosives, grenades,
ammunition, sniper rifles, M-16's, helicopter helmets and knives. Also
found were files of payment to Salvadoran Military Officials (trips to
New York City). Found at his residence were radios and license plates
belonging to the US Embassy. We also found an M16
weapon belonging to the US Mil-Group Commander, Col. Steel. Prior to the
search, I went to every department of the U.S. Embassy and asked if this
individual worked in any way shape or form with the embassy. Every head
of the departments denied that he worked for them. A pound of marijuana
and marijuana plants growing in the back yard, were also found.
Sept. 02, 1986, I
departed Guatemala on Taca Airlines @ 7:30a.m to El Salvador.
Sept. 26, 1986, Meeting with Col. Steel Re: Mr.
Grasheim (Col. Steel admitted that he had given an M-16 to Grasheim) and
CIA George W. Also talked to Don Richardson (CIA) re: Ramiro Guerra. Talked
to Col. Adame Re: CIA George.
October 03, 1986, Spoke to DEA Panama re: Mr. Grasheim.
Was advised to be careful.
October 15, 1986, Asst. Atty. Gen. Mark Richard
testified before the Kerry Committee, that he had attended a meeting with
20 to 25 officials and that the DEA did not want to provide any of the
information the committee had requested on the Contra involvement in drug
October 21, 1986, I send a Telex/cable to Washington
D.C on the Contras.
October 22, 1986 talked
to El Salvador Re: Grasheim.
October 23, 1986,
HK-1960P Honduras. 1,000 kilos of cocaine. DEA- 6 was written on this case.
October 29, 1986 Talked
to DEA HQS (John Martch) re Contras & Grasheim.
October 30, 1986, Talked to Salvadoran Gen. Blandon
re: to Mr. Grasheim.
Nov. 07, 1986, Talked to John Martch 202-786-4356
and Azzam-633-1049; Home: 301-262-1007. (Contras).
Nov. 13, 1986, I Met with Ambassador Corr @2:00pm
re: Mr. Grasheim. (He stated, "let the chips fall where they may." Met
w/ Lt. Col. Adame.
November 14, 1986, Met with Salvadoran Col. Villa
Marona re: Mr. Grasheim. He advised that the U.S Embassy had approved for
Grasheim to work at Ilopango.
On January 20, 1987, Joel Brinkley (special to
the New York Times) reported. "Contra Arms Crew said To Smuggle
Drugs" The 3rd secret had surfaced. Brinkley wrote: "Fed. Drug investigators
uncovered evidence last fall that the American flight crews which covertly
carried arms to the Nicaraguan rebels were smuggling cocaine and other
drugs on their return trips back to the US. Administration Officials said
today that when the crew members, based in El Salvador, learned that DEA
agents were investigating their activities, one of them warned that they
had White House protection. The Times then quoted an anonymous US official
who said the crew member's warnings which came after DEA searched his San
Salvador house for drugs, caused 'quite a stir'
Feb. 09, 1987, I had meeting with Lt. Col. Adame
and Elmore re: major argument with DEA HQS I.A. Lourdez Border. They had
just arrived in Guatemala for a two-day fact finding tour of El Salvador.
Feb.10, 1987, I met with U.S. Ambassador Corr (Salvador)
re DEA HQS Intel. Analyst Lourdez Border and Doug (last name unknown) both
were rookies). In two days in El Salvador, they determined that there was
no contra involvement in drug trafficking.
February 27. 1987, I spoke to Mike Alston DEA Miami,
RE: Contra pilots John Hall; Bruce Jones' airstrip in Costa Rica, Colombian
Luis Rodriguez; Mr. Shrimp-Ocean Hunter Costa Rica > to Miami. Contra Operation
from Central American to U.S.
March 03, 1987, met with Janis Elmore (CIA) from
9:00pm till 12:00
March 30, 1987, I invited U.S. Custom Agent Richard
Rivera to El Salvador in
an attempt to trace ammunitions and weapons found in Mr.Grasheim's residence.
It's alleged that The Pentagon put a stop on his trace. (They were never
able to trace the items).
April 01, 1987, Bob Stia, Walter (pilot) Morales
and myself flew to El Salvador. Met with two CIA agents who advised us
that we could no longer utilize Murga because he was now working with them).
April 07,08,09, 1987, I met with John Martch in
Guatemala Re: Contras and OPR.
Sept. 27, 1987, Central American CIA agent, Randy
Capister, the Guatemala military (G-2) and myself, seized over 2,404 kilos
of cocaine from a Guatemalan Congressman, Carlos Ramiro Garcia de Paz and
the Medellin cartel (biggest cocaine seizure in Central America and top
five ever). However, several individuals were murdered and raped on said
operation. CIA agent and myself saw the individual being interrogated.
The Congressman was never arrested or charged.
October 22, 1987, I received a call from DEA HQS
Everett Johnson, not to close Contra files because some committee was requesting
file. If you have an open file, you do not have access to the files under
Freedom of Information Act.
Aug. 30, 1988, Received intelligence from (Guido
Del Prado) at the U.S. Embassy, El Salvador re: Carlos Armando Llemus-Herrera
Oct. 27, 1988, Received letter from "Bill," Regional
Security Officer at the Embassy in El Salvador re: Corruption on
US ambassador Corr and del Prado.
Dec. 03, 1988,
DEA seized 356 kilos of cocaine in Tiquisate, Guatemala (DEA
# TG-89-0002; Hector Sanchez). Several Colombians
were murdered on said operation and condoned by the DEA and CIA. I have
pictures of individuals that were murdered in said case. The target was
on Gregorio Valdez (CIA asset) of The Guatemala Piper Co. At that time,
all air operations for the CIA and DEA flew out of Piper.
Aug. 24, 1989, Because of my information, the U.S.
Embassy canceled Guatemalan Military, Lt. Col. Hugo Francisco Moran-Carranza,
(Head of Interpol and Corruption) his U.S. visa. He was documented as a
drug trafficker and corrupt Guatemalan Official. He was on his way to a
U.S. War College for one year, invited by the CIA.
Feb. 21, 1990, I send a telex-cable to DEA HQS
Re: Moran's plan to assassinate me.
Between Aug. 1989 and March 06, 1990, Col. Moran had initiated
the plan to assassinate me in El Salvador and blame it on the guerrillas.
On March 06, 1990, I traveled to Houston to deliver an undercover audio
tape on my assassination. The Houston DEA S.A Mark Murtha (DEA File M3-90-0053)
had an informant into Lt. Col. Moran.
Feb. 24, 1990, I moved my family back home because
DEA could not make a decision.
March 15, 1990, After 6 months knowing about the
assassination plan, DEA transferred me out to San Diego, California for
April 05, 1990, an illegal search was conducted
at my residence in Guatemala by Guatemala DEA agents Tuffy Von Briensen,
Larry Hollifield and Guatemalan Foreign Service National, Marco Gonzales
in Guatemala (No search warrant). DEA HQS agreed that it had been an illegal
search requested by OPR S/I Tony Recevuto. (OPR file PR-TG-90-0068) On
Sept. 16, 1991, a questionnaire was faxed to me in regards to the illegal
search. (see attached)
April 11, 1991, in an undercover capacity, Carlos
Cabezas's wife sold me 5
kilos of cocaine in San Francisco. (DEA # R3-91-0036; Milagro Rodriguez)
On April 16, 1991, I met with Carlos Cabezas at
the DEA Office in San Francisco. He stated to me that Zavala and himself
were informants for the FBI in San Francisco at the time his wife delivered
the cocaine. Alvaro Carbajal had supplied the 5 kilos of cocaine. (There
is undercover audio tape available as evidence) Mr. Cabezas gave me his
undercover business card. It was identified as "The California Company"
at 3519-Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110 REAL
ESTATE & INVESTMENTS Carlos A. Cabezas, Sales Associate Pager: 371-7108
Fax: (415) 647-0918; Res: (415 991-3104; Bus: (415) 647-8014.
May 10, 1990, DEA HQS OPR S/I Tony Recevuto returned
to Guatemala and requested from the U.S. Ambassador, to please grant Lt.
Col. Hugo Moran-Carranza a US Visa, so that he could testify before the
BCCI investigation in Miami. The ambassador could not understand why anyone,
for any reason, request a US Visa to an individual who had planned the
assassination of a US drug agent.
May 27, 1990, I was ordered to returned back to
Guatemala to pack my house whole goods. The threat was still very real
for me. On June 01, 1990, I departed Guatemala for the last time. On June
05, 1990, another American was killed by the Guatemalan Military.
Before the Kerry Committee
The CIA acknowledgment
by Central American Task Force Chief testified: "with respect to (drug
trafficking) by the Resistance Forces...It is not a couple of people. It
is a lot of people."
The DEA has
always stated that my reports were unfounded, but they later recanted.
DEA Assistant Administrator, David Westrate stated of the Nicaraguan War:
"It is true that people on both sides of the equation (in the Nicaraguan
War) were drug traffickers, and a couple of them were pretty significant."
In a Sept. 20-26, 1989, series of debriefings and
in subsequent debriefing on Feb. 13, 1990, by DEA agents in Los
Angeles, Lawrence Victor Harrison, an American-born electronics
specialist who had worked in Mexico and had been involved with the leading
figures in the Mexican drug cartel, was interviewed. He testified that
he had been present when two of the partners of Matta-Ballesteros and Rafael
Caro-Quintero, met with American pilots working out of Eloping air base
in El Salvador, providing arms to the Contras. The purpose of the meeting
was to work out drug deals.
Several days earlier, on Feb. 09, 1990, Harrison
had told DEA interrogators that Nicaraguan Contras were being trained
at a ranch in Vera Cruz, owned by Rafael Caro Quintero.
It was at Quintero's Guadalajara ranch that DEA Agent Kiki Camarena, and
his pilot were interrogated, tortured and buried alive.
January 23, 1991, letter to Mr. William M. Baker,
Asst. Director of Criminal Investigative Division, FBI; from Lawrence E.
Walsh and Mike Foster,... requesting several FBI files on Walter L. Grasheim.
January 30, 1991, letter to DEA Ronald Caffrey,
Deputy Asst. Administrator for Operation at DEA from Craig A. Guillen,
Associate Counsel of the Office of Independent Counsel; requesting Walter
L. Grasheim reports. (see attached)
In 1991, a DEA General File was opened on an Oliver
North in Washington D.C. (GFGD-91-9139) "smuggling
weapons into the Philippines with known drug traffickers."
In 1991, before I departed the DEA, I met with
FBI agent Mike Foster, investigator for The Office Of Independent Counsel
on Iran-Contra, where I gave him all detail information of the Contras'
involvement in drugs.
October, 1994, The Washington
Post reported that former Government Officials, including the DEA, CIA,
State Department, US Customs and White House official were quoted as saying
that Lt. Col. Oliver North did not advise them of his knowledge that the
Contras were involved in drug trafficking.
In 1997, I joined DEA SA Richard Horn in a federal
class action suit against the CIA. The suit is against the CIA and other
federal agencies for spying on several DEA agents and other unnamed DEA
employees and their families. United States District Court for The District
of Columbia; Richard Horn vs. Warren Christopher, Civil Action No. 1:96CV02120
(HHG) January 30, 1994.
This is a list of DEA case file and names of individuals
that may help support my allegations.
GFTG-86-9145, GFTG-87-9145 El Salvador
GFTG-86-9999, GFTG-87-9999, Air Intelligence
TG-87-0003, Walter L. Grasheim (Salvador case)
TG-86-0001, Leonel Guitan-Guitan
DEA Informants STG-86-0006 and STG-81-0013
US Ambassador Edwin Corr
Janis Elmore (CIA 1986 through 1989). I reported to her
when in El Salvador.
Don Richardson ( CIA & Political Officer in El Salvador
1986,87). I reported to him in El Salvador.
Felix Vargas (CIA El Salvador 1986, 87)
Col. James Steel ( Mil-Group Commander El Salvador).
U.S. Lt. Col. Alberto Adame (Under Steel)
Lupita Vega (the only Salvadoran which was cleared for
"Top Secret") worked in the Milgroup in El Salvador.
Felix Rodriguez (CIA at Ilopango hanger 4 & 5)
Jack McCavett (CIA Chief of Station in El Salvador).
CIA George Witter in El Salvador. He asked for US visa
on drug trafficker Carlos Alberto Amador.
CIA Randy Capister (covert operation in Central America
1985 t090). Involved in several atrocities.
CIA Manuel Brand (retired Cuban-American) Guatemala
State Department (De Luoie) El Salvador.
State Department RSO Bill Rouche El Salvador
State Dept. Official Del Prado (El Salvador)
DEA John Martsh (DEA HQS)
DEA Jack O'Conner (DEA HQS)
DEA HQS Agents AZZAM & Frank Torello (retired) involved
in Contra ops in Europe.
Salvadoran General Bustillo (retired in Florida)
US Custom Richard Rivera and Philip Newton
DEA Sandy Gonzales (Costa Rica)
Lincoln Benedicto-Honduras US Embassy-Consul General April
30, 1986. Re: Matta-Ballesteros
Some people have asked, "Why I am doing this? I reply,
"That a long time ago I took an oath to protect The Constitution of the
United States and its citizens". In reality, it has cost me so much to
become a complete human being, that I've lost my family. In 1995, I made
a pilgrimage to the Vietnam Wall, where I renounced my Bronze Star in protest
of the atrocities my government had committed in Central America. I have
now become a veteran of my third, and perhaps most dangerous war --- a
war against the criminals within my own Government. Heads have to roll
for those who are responsible and still employed by the government. They
will be the first targets in an effective drug strategy. If not, we will
continue to have groups of individuals who will be beyond any investigation,
who will manipulate the press, judges and members of our Congress, and
still be known in our government as those who are above the law.
Celerino Castillo III