The Los Angeles Times reports this week (6/21) that Ludwig Fainberg, owner of two Miami nightclubs, was acting as a broker between Russian organized crime figures and South American drug traffickers. The deals that Fainberg allegedly attempted to put together would have netted the drug organizations a Soviet Tango class submarine to be used to ship cocaine into the U.S. Fainberg went so far as to arrange a meeting with a retired Russian naval officer and a tour of a secret Russian navy base for the purpose of selecting the sub.
The Times reports that U.S. authorities say the case is illustrative of the forming alliances between powerful organized crime organizations in Russia and South American drug traffickers. This partnership would combine access to vast Cold War military assets with the drug trade that has all but inundated the U.S. despite the best efforts of prohibitionists.
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Issue #47, 6/26/98
German Police Call for an End to the Drug War | PRIDE Teen Survey | US Pressures Colombia to Spray Dangerous Herbicide in Eradication Efforts | Pastrana Elected President of Colombia | California Legislature to Debate Measure Providing Medical Marijuana Distribution by Local Communities | Professor Julian Heicklen in Jail | FEDS: Drug Lords Attempted to Buy Russian Submarine | First Amendment Rights of Alternative Media Threatened in Austin, Texas | Coincidences at Pain Patient Rally | Editorial: The New L-Word
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