Operation Anvil: DEA Honduras raid part of aggressive drug strategy


Alberto Arce
Associated Press
June 25, 2012

COMMENT: As the late Gary Webb detailed thoroughly in Dark Alliance and his series of investigative articles, Honduras was a central point in the larger Iran-Contra Scandal, and the corruption was thoroughly tied to U.S. DEA and CIA agents taking part in the action. The idea that this relationship significantly changed and that U.S> forces are now trying to clamp down on the drug trade or stop anyone other than the establishment’s unauthorized competition is laughable.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote region of Honduras was part of an aggressive new enforcement strategy that has sharply increased the interception of illegal drug flights.

The mission, called Operation Anvil, is run with six U.S. State Department helicopters, as well as a special team of DEA agents who work with Honduran police to move more quickly and pursue suspicious flights, according to a U.S. official in Honduras who couldn’t be named for security reasons.

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