Dan Lasater was an Arkansas bond dealer and a close friend, as well as a major contributor to then Governor Clinton. Clinton awarded Lasater a $30 million bond to install a new police radio system for the Arkansas State Police. During this very period, Lasater was under investigation by the Arkansas Police for cocaine trafficking. Intelligence reports show that the drug enforcement agency had opened a file on Lasater in 1983. The Attorney General’s office in Santa Fe, New Mexico investigated Lasater for narcotics trafficking, with possible ties to organized crime. A federal grand jury indicted Lasater and accused him of conspiring with Bill Clinton’s brother Roger Clinton, and others, to knowingly and willfully possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute cocaine. In the end, Lasater was offered a plea agreement, and was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He was paroled after one year, most of it spent in a halfway house. He was granted a full pardon by then Governor Clinton.
Mena, Arkansas is tucked away in the remote Ouachita Mountains of Western Arkansas. It became the site of one of the most enduring conspiracy theories of the late 20th century. The core allegation is, that the airport was used to transport weapons to the Nicaraguan Contras, with collusion and cover up implicating Governor Bill Clinton. It was a multi-billion dollar gun running, drug smuggling, and money laundering operation. Barry Seal was a legend in the cocaine trade. His drug runs were flown in from Latin America. Loads averaging 300 pounds of cocaine and worth at least tens of millions of dollars. And parachuted onto remote sites in Arkansas. By the shear magnitude of the drugs and money its flights generated, tiny Mena, AR became in the 1980s, one of the world’s centers of the narcotics trade, and the base of what many believe, was the single largest cocaine smuggling operation in U.S. history. Larry Douglas Brown was Bill Clinton’s favorite among the troopers assigned as personal body guards. Brown gave hundreds of pages of testimony under oath and supporting documentation, that the Governor had clearly been aware of the arms and drug running out of Mena as early as 1984. The state trooper watched in despair while the Governor did nothing about it.
The Naval station in Long Beach, California closed in 1991. But it did not remain unoccupied. A Marine Reserve training center, that had been destroyed by an earthquake, was allowed space there. But COSTCO (China Off Shore Trading Company) also wanted the Naval station. So in November 1996 the White House placed a series of phone calls to long beach officials. The Clinton administration had made it clear that leasing the port to COSTCO was their preference. In the end the United States Marines lost there space and Communist China’s COSTCO, with the help of Bill Clinton, got what they had lobbied for.