And the DEA had become aware of a drug connection between the Russian–Israeli Mafia in Colombia and the globe-trotting Saudi Prince Nayif al Saud.
On March 27, DEA agents arrested four other Israelis in the same apartment complex, including Aran Ofek, who said his father was a retired Israeli army two-star general.
A $10,000 bond for another arrested Israeli, Michal Gal, was placed by Ophir Baer, an employee of Israeli telecommunications firm AMDOCS, Inc., a firm with operational access to the telephones being used by FBI agents John O’Neill, Michael Dick, and the DEA agents involved in tracking the Saudi/Mafia cocaine shipments being used to support various terrorist and intelligence cells in the United States and abroad.
Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Zalmay Khalilzad, Richard Perle, newly-emergent racist leader William Bennett, and Cheney himself.
The one individual who stands tall among those intelligence and law enforcement officers who was aggressively pursuing the criminal network that would carry out 9/11 was FBI counter-terrorism top man John O’Neill. State Department continued to refuse to list Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization.
The Saudi cocaine smuggling network involved organized crime elements tied to the Russian–Israeli Mafia in Miami; Medellin, Colombia; Marbella and Barcelona, Spain; Venezuela; Geneva; and the Netherlands.
According to the DEA report, Nayif fathered a child with a woman named Doris Salazar, a Colombian national residing in Miami.
At the same time, the DEA had discovered that a nationwide ring of Israeli “art students,” many of whom had past connections to Israeli intelligence and military demolition units, were operating in and around New York and New Jersey.
What the DEA did not realize was that the art students were also shadowing the very same Arab cells that would later carry out the 9/11 attacks.
Although a lighter, cigar cutter, and expensive pen were stolen, the papers were all accounted for when the briefcase turned up 90 minutes later at another nearby hotel.