Informed Sources: Apr. 11, 1994

Birth of a "Narcodemocracy"?

Washington -- Top Clinton Administration officials have met with the two leading candidates in Colombia's presidential elections, Ernesto Samper and Andres Pastrana, to warn them that the CALI DRUG CARTEL -- which controls 80% of the global cocaine market -- is trying to channel drug money into their campaigns to gain influence. "We are deeply worried about a narcodemocracy developing," says a senior U.S. official. Another concern: DEA and State Department officers believe sensitive information provided to Colombian prosecutors has leaked to the cartel and may have led to the deaths of family members of anti-Cali witnesses....

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