Insisting that he has found no evidence of wrongdoing, CIA Director John Deutch has ordered his inspector general to investigate allegations that the CIA was involved in drug trafficking to support the Nicaraguan Contras.
In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., dated Wednesday, Deutch said the CIA inspector general would examine charges raised in a series of articles by the San Jose Mercury News. The California newspaper reported that throughout the 1980s, a San Francisco Bay area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and funneled the profits to some of the CIA-directed Contra forces in Nicaragua.
“I consider these to be extremely serious charges,” Deutch wrote. “Although I believe there is no substance to the allegations in the Mercury News, I do wish to dispel any lingering public doubt on the subject.”