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Cuba And Drugs
Friday, January 21, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
Now there's a drug problem.
Cuba claims drugs are beginning to cause a problem on the island. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
International drug traffickers coming through Cuba have become more sophisticated in the way they transport cocaine and marijuana, customs officials said Thursday.
The drugs are showing up in shoes, toothpaste and electronic goods in the country's airports and ports, Jose Otano, the second-in-command of Cuba's customs agency, told reporters
What's the matter, fidel. You're not getting your cut of the trafficking? Then who, but the reporter on the story, would believe this?
Cuba's drug market is a young one, generated in the mid-1990s by renewed tourism to the island. Communist officials have said drugs are a vice of capitalism and not a serious problem in Cuba but have launched a campaign to fight the market.