In 2008, two years after coming to power, President (and former coca grower) Evo Morales expelled the DEA from Bolivia.
The U.S. agency -a part of the Department of Justice- and its actions against drug trafficking abroad were, apparently, very uncomfortable for the also Bolivarian Morales. He always threatened to take them out and made an “argument” pointing to the DEA as an entity that was trying to overthrow him through “espionage” and “conspiracies”. He also expelled Ambassador Philip Goldberg. The United States replied in the same way with the Bolivian ambassador.
By the way, there have been many accusations and investigations that warned for years about the possible links of the former coca grower Morales and drug trafficking. And as it is known, the former president is also part of the international and intimate circle of the regional Castro-Chavismo axes that has under its shadow the already known “Cartel de Los Soles” (now headed by Nicolas Maduro, according to the Department of Justice in 2020); the civil-military structure which has, nothing less than the control of political and official power in Venezuela.
Hugo Chávez had already done the same. Three years before, in 2005, he gave the boot to the DEA (in addition to the British Police that was also on the trail of drug traffickers in Venezuelan soil).
Documents and files of the anti-narcotics agency (13/09/2019. El Mundo. Spain) point out that this was a premeditated act, a calculated scheme to facilitate the conversion of Venezuela into a key and unimpeded plaza for international drug trafficking. Of course, the Colombian narco-guerrilla Farc, in cooperation with the Chavistas, was empowered with this opportunity and would have supplied the drugs in exchange for weapons and impunity.
Just as the Colombian Medellin Cartel leader Pablo Escobar used to think years ago, one of the resulting objectives of the Venezuelan narco-dictatorship in gestation was to “flood” the USA with drugs and weaken its social and institutional base. Chávez made the same “argument” against the DEA that Morales would later use: “the United States was carrying out intelligence in Venezuela against the Government”.
In Peru, in the midst of the stressful and heated electoral competition, the elected congressman (8,241 votes) Guillermo Bermejo, a supporter of the pro-Chavez candidate Pedro Castillo of “Peru Libre”, announced the intention of expelling the anti-narcotics DEA from the country if they win the second presidential round on June 6.
Bermejo is currently being prosecuted for his connections with the remnants of Sendero Luminoso that are operating in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers, VRAEM (currently there are six individuals under investigation who would have been part of the narcoterrorist leadership and could incriminate Bermejo).
For Bernejo, who is potentially connected (according to Peruvian intelligence systems and police and prosecutor investigations) with anti-government forces of a violent, terrorist and criminal nature, the DEA “is the main drug cartel in the world” (19/4/2021. Canal N. Peru). He also said that “the design of the anti-drug policy should be under national, not foreign, control”.
Will the narcosenderismo operatives -now with possible official political representation thanks to Pedro Castillo– achieve their goal of “liberating” Peru from the “U.S. imperialist” presence via the DEA, as happened in Bolivarian Venezuela and Bolivia?