The period between the 1960s and 1980s can be described as how drug use was most prevalent in the United States. Drug traffickers, who have spread their dominance in many countries, including Colombia, have been targeting young Americans addicted to drugs. The main focus of the American government during this period was on Colombian drug traffickers, Drug Cartels.
Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal or Barry Allen was a pilot with TWA or Trans World Airlines at the time of the United State’s crisis. At the age of sixteen, Barry became the youngest ever pilot to receive a pilot’s license. It was no secret that Barry as a very talented young pilot. It was during this time that Barry attracted the attention of American state intelligence. As a result, he was recruited for flights that were required for US government covert operations.
In the 1950s, Barry was tasked with secretly supplying weapons to the Cuban rebels. The weapons were loaded onto a small plane, operated by airborne routes that not detected to military radar systems, and delivered to the Cuban rebels. Barry was also responsible for carrying weapons to US Special Forces based in Laos during the Vietnam Civil War.
During transportation, Barry received an invitation from Colombian drug dealers to transport their drugs to the American border, and he accepted. By the 1980s, cocaine had been distributed throughout the United States with the world’s number one drug traffickers, including Pablo Escobar. By that time, Barry had become one of the leaders responsible for the rapidly spreading drug epidemic in the United States.
No matter how much he was involved in drug trafficking, the responsible authority did not see it because Barry was needed to accomplish their shameless aims. Recorded history shows that he also supplied weapons to the “Controras” rebel group that led Nicaragua’s war. It has been reported that he had smuggled drugs back to the United States when his return from the distribution weapons to Contras.
For one trip to bring cocaine to the American border, a sum of US $ 500,000 had paid to him. Soon, Barry became one of the wealthiest citizens of the US at the time. In all, Barry had used exceeding a hundred trips to bring 56 tons of cocaine transportation; the value was between $3 – 5 Billion.
Doug Lehmann, a Hollywood film director, told Barry’s story through the movie “American Made.” Although not all the facts are as it should be, the film’s success has not been compromised. In addition to the film, Del Hahn authored a book, entitled Smuggler’s End: The Life and Death of Barry Seal. This book, which is more detailed than the film, contains real facts.
Barry’s unfortunate ending
One day in 1983, according to intelligence provided by the US Drug Enforcement Authority, Barry Seal was arrested by US Customs officers in Florida while bringing 200,000 units of narcotics into the US border. Although the CIA did not interfere with Barry’s drug trafficking, it did not save Barry this time. Barry immediately sought legal help and said willing to divulge all the information he knew.
Accordingly, he provided evidence against Colombian and other drug trafficking groups since March 1984 as a government informant. Barry’s confessions led to the capture of Pablo Escobar and George Ochoa, known as the kings of the drug world, as well as many other raids and arrests.
But Barry will not be able to escape the allies of the Colombian drug lords. On the evening of February 19, 1986, Barry died in his Cadillac in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after being shot several times in the head.
Because of excessive greed, he became a pawn of drug traffickers and ended the journey with their hands.