Informed Sources: Nov. 1, 1993

"Sweet Mickey" and the Haitian Drug Connection

During preparations for Jean-Bertrand Aristide's return, customs officials in Miami were seizing 100-kilo loads of cocaine -- instead of the typical 5-to- 50-kilo shipments -- off Haitian freighters. "We surmise the traffickers were trying to get it out in case Aristide did come back into power and try to put some curbs on this," says one customs agent. While a handful of Colombians in Haiti control the drugs, the U.S. is more interested in the role of Michel Francois, the self-anointed police chief of Port-au-Prince. "Sweet Mickey" controls the local docks.

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