A man who tried unsuccessfully to smuggl 2,100 pounds of crack cocaine from the Dominican Republic to the US has told how he believed the operation would “bring a little more justice” and “bring the war to an end.”
The man, who identified himself only as Luis and described himself as a “man of peace,” said he knew the plan was flawed from the start.
“I didn’t know it was going to go wrong,” Luis said.
I knew the whole thing was going wrong.
It’s just a terrible experience.
I don’t know why I did it.
I just did it.”
In late February, a small plane carrying about 150 people, including a Dominican consul, landed in Miami, the first time a plane carrying crack cocaine had touched down in the US since 2009.
That year, more than 100,000 people were arrested for possessing and trafficking the drug.
The DEA, which had been targeting the cartels for decades, has since scaled back its efforts and made a series of arrests in recent years.
But for Luis, the trip to Miami was a chance to meet people and get some fresh air.
“It was the best experience of my life,” Luis told the Miami Herald.
“There was no drugs, no weapons, no money.
There was no reason for anyone to do this.
You have to do something, or it’s over.
It was a good thing to do.
In the months leading up to the trip, Luis was trying to sell the cocaine he wanted from his mother in Venezuela, where he lived with his father.
He was arrested and charged with drug trafficking, but he told Miami police he didn’t understand the charges and he wanted to get out of the country.
He said the two men who were to be flown out of Venezuela were going to pay for the trip.
When they landed in the Dominican capital, the two agreed to meet at the airport.
“The day of the trip was the worst day of my entire life,” he said.
Luis said the men asked to be fingerprinted before they left.
“They were asking to see my fingerprints.
I told them I don-t have fingerprints.”
The next day, Luis’ mother told the DEA agents that her son was selling the cocaine on the black market in Miami.
They told her to leave.
“My mother told me, ‘Why don’t you come back and tell your mom and I will pay for your trip?'” she said.
After the two arrived in Miami on Feb. 20, Luis got in touch with an acquaintance who had made the trip earlier in the year.
That friend had told Luis to stay away from Miami, but Luis didn’t care.
“The next night, I went down to the airport and waited for the plane,” he told the Herald.
He didn’t say when he arrived, only that he arrived “before the planes landed.”
The DEA agents arrested Luis, who had been hiding in the Bahamas for a few months.
He told the newspaper that he and the others on the plane had been told by the Dominican government that he was “a smuggler,” not a drug trafficker.
He also said the Dominican consular office in Miami had not been contacted.
On Friday, the US attorney in Miami said that Luis would not face any charges, and the DEA did not provide additional details about the incident.
The agents arrested the other two men on the second attempt, but that attempt failed.
The three men have been released without charge.
The DEA said Luis was cooperating with the agency’s investigation.
“Our agents are looking into Luis’ arrest and subsequent prosecution of these two men, and we will continue to work closely with them,” the agency said in a statement.