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The CIA says it has not found any record of a relationship between itself and Nicaraguan drug dealers or others who allegedly operated a 1980s cocaine ring in California and funneled the profits to a CIA-run guerrilla army The intelligence agencys assertion was contained in documents filed Monday in US District Court in San Diego A copy of the filing was made available today by the CIA William H McNair the information review officer for the CIA said a search of agency records found no evidence of any kind of operational contractual or employment relationship with Nicaraguan cocaine dealer Danilo Blandon Los Angeles crack cocaine dealer Freeway Rick Ross former California police officer Ronald Lister or David Scott Weekly whom Lister has named as his CIA contact The legal declaration was first reported in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post In the declaration the CIA said it knew as early as 1984 that Norvin Meneses was a major cocaine trafficker But it said a 1986 search of the agencys records at the FBIs request failed to produce any evidence of a CIA relationship with Meneses A censored document included in the court filing said that in December 1984 a source whose name was deleted reported that a Norwin Nemeses was apparently well known as the Nicaraguan mafia dealing in drugs weapons and smuggling and laundering of counterfeit money The document which was headed Three Persons Claiming CIA Affiliation also said Nemeses was described as the kingpin of narcotics traffickers in Nicaragua prior to the fall of Somoza The CIA inspector general is investigating allegations that the agency was involved in the introduction of crack cocaine into the United States Inspector General Frederick Hitz has said it might take months to examine fully records of the relationship between the CIA and Nicaraguan Contra members implicated in 1980s cocaine trafficking in California Hitz said recently however that a preliminary investigation found no credible information to support
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