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90 Pounds Of Cocaine Found On Cargo Ship Owned By Anti-Drug Senator’s Family

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A cargo ship connected to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was recently stopped and searched before departing from Colombia. During the search, Colombian Coast Guard agents seized roughly 90 pounds of cocaine.

The drugs were found on the Ping May, which is a vessel operated by the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a company owned by Mitch McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family. This connection is not only relevant because of the family connection, but also because the Chao family has often made large donations to McConnell’s campaigns.

In fact, the Chao family has been funding McConnell since the late 1980s. Years later, in 1993, McConnell married Elaine Chao and secured the Chao family as one of his primary sources for investments.

A gift worth somewhere between 5 and 25 million dollars from the Chao Family made McConnel one of the richest senators in the country in 2008.

The Foremost Maritime Corporation is currently operating 16 dry bulk cargo ships, most of which are currently still in service.

What makes this case even more interesting is that McConnell is well known as a staunch prohibitionist. In 1996, McConnell sponsored “The Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act”, a bill designed to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for people caught with marijuana.

Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta told The Nation that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of the investigation, but that they have yet to file any charges in the case.

The war on drugs is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. There are mountains of evidence proving that the biggest importers of harmful, addictive, mind diminishing street drugs is the government. The drug laws that exist do not apply to the government agencies that bring these substances to our country. They are only designed to keep everyone else from this extremely lucrative business and give the establishment another reason to oppress people.

We have seen this all before during alcohol prohibition, where the government, law enforcement and organized crime were all working together and making an unbelievable amount of money in the black market. When black markets are created the crime rate goes up, taxes go up, prices go up and the police become more corrupt, all of this is inevitable. These are in fact the very consequences that any type of prohibition intends to create.

To solve these problems all that we have to do is end all prohibitions, this would cripple the black market and drastically reduce violence. This would also drastically reduce the reach of police and the state in general, which is why it is looked at as such an impossibility. Drug laws don’t do anything to prevent drug problems in our society, they only encourage violence, raise prices and criminalize half of the population.


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

  • Debra Marie Yunson-gulledge

    look at Sweeeeeeeden they legalized all drugs, prostitution etc. && and

  • Stephen Johnson

    Senator Mitch McConnell is a RINO. Most people are willing to admit to it.

  • Norman Allen

    If drugs were legalized, there would be no violence and no obscene profiteering usually through influence peddling…It is likely there are two types of drug cartels. One operated by influential people fronted by trusted foot soldiers. The other operated by the “illegal” cartels trying to break into the markets of the former. How come the media is not involved in shining light on the drug production, distribution and the influence peddling involved in the process? Most likely, the media is owned by the same people who are keeping most centers of their profits obscure and opaque.

    • Ari Giovanna Debo

      While I agree with your statement of the media and some of the cartel statement. If Drugs were legalized, nothing would change.

  • Bobby Wiseman

    …seeing is believing…

  • Ruth Anne Telford

    But drugs are not legalized in the US so my question is, why isn’t this story on the evening news?

    • swimman155

      Because our “evening news” is very, very censored and controlled…by the very same folks who run our government.

  • JootJoint

    I agree this false war on drugs must come tumbling down too….for it only benefits a few, but entangles hundreds of thousands of a class of people!

  • Georgio

    Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has cargo ships!? Wow, the grand scale things are these days….. If the Clintons and Bushes can do it why not Mitch!?

  • Georgio

    Isn’t that just a precious picture of Mitch McConnell? He looks so endearing.