Jan.1981 to Dec. 1988 The Reagan Years and the shadow CIA - part 6
A former OSS/CIA pilot Russell Bowen, revealed considerable undercover activities to Rodney Stich. Bowen gave Stich details of the CIA ties to the Medellin drug cartel that Russbacher and Parker had described. Each gave me details of the formation of the Medellin cartel from another perspective.
During a drug-hauling flight in 1982 for the CIA, Bowen was arrested hauling drugs. The resulting media publicity prevented the CIA from arranging a get-out-of-jail card and he spent several years in federal prison.
Bowen said that he was requested by CIA operative Henry Meierhoffer to pilot a trip to Medellin, Colombia, carrying a government undercover agent and to return with another agent. But when Bowen arrived in Medellin, he said Ted Shackley placed eight hundred pounds of cocaine on board the return flight, including two hundred pounds belonging to the Mossad.
He stated that when Ted Shackley was chief of station for the CIA in charge of Central and South American operations, he reportedly directed the massive drug trafficking into the United States that subsequently blossomed. Bowen described one of the CIA companies operated by Shackley, Intercredit (bank), with offices in Medellin, Amsterdam, and Ft. Lauderdale. He said that Shackley went to Ascension, Paraguay to arrange for drugs to be shipped to Miami, meeting with the head chief of one of the Indian groups and a Lieutenant Colonel in Paraguay's military. Bowen stated "He (Shackley) was the mastermind of the drug operation. He had full authority to set it up. CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia, "They ordered him to do it
On the return flight to the United States, as he landed at Sylvania Airport in Georgia, federal agents surrounded the aircraft and he was arrested. Bowen said that at his trial in 1985, the US District Judge refused to allow him to have his CIA handlers, including Meierhoffer, appear as witnesses. The Judge refused to allow Bowen to produce records and testimony showing that he was carrying out CIA activities. They convicted Bowen, and he was sentenced to ten years in prison.
Refusing to allow evidence to be presented that is necessary to a person's defense, when covert government activities are involved, is a standard pattern by federal judges. Almost every CIA and DEA person with whom Rodney Stich has talked, and who had been imprisoned, experienced this pattern.
Richard M. Taus
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Richard M. Taus was assigned to organized crime and foreign counterintelligence operations from 1978 to 1988. He held the responsible position of relief (SSA) in the New York City area. In 1981, FBI bosses ordered Taus to start an undercover operation to investigate a suspicious group.
During Taus` investigations, he discovered that several of the people involved in the drug trafficking were members of a CIA group in Freeport, Long Island, known as the "K-Team." The K-Team had connections with the patriotic-sounding National Freedom Institute that conducted its operations under the name, "The Enterprise." Taus said that this was the same "Enterprise" that repeatedly surfaced in the Iran-Contra congressional hearings. Several of the CIA officers were associated with a CIA-related firm, Drexel Company, which later changed its name to Castle Securities after its CIA-controlled Cayman Island parent, Castle Bank. One of the key figures in the K-Team was Sal Imbergio, who ran for mayor in Freeport.
Taus stated that Drexel was connected to the larger business firm of Drexel, Burnham, Lambert, a junk-bond securities company with mafia associates and high-ranking political connections in New York State. Well-placed political figures, judges, and others were blocking prosecution of high-level drug kingpins and their accomplices in government. Taus also learned that the CIA had discovered the names of FBI agents and informants, and investigations that could expose covert and criminal CIA operations. The CIA knowingly gave false information to FBI agents, seriously jeopardizing FBI missions and misleading top Justice Department and White House personnel. Most of this false information is still in FBI records. Taus listed some of the American mafia figures involved in drug trafficking who he investigated. These included:
Carmine Persico, a member of the Colombo crime family; Salvatore Piga, a Luchese crime family member; Mario Renda, involved in looting of savings and loans during the 1980s;
Angelo Ruggiero, a member of the Gambino crime family, Giuseppe Lamberti and Salvatore Mazzurco, partners in the Mafia-controlled Pronto Demolition Company.
Piga went to First United Company in Garden City, Long Island, it was a brokerage house dealing in credit exchanges that was owned by Mario Renda. Renda had numerous foreign operations, some of which were shell companies to confuse investigators and for diverting funds. Taus explained that some of these were associated with Oliver North`s Enterprise operation in Central America. One of Renda's firms, Amalgamated Commercial Enterprise (ACE), played an important role in the weapons and drug shipments to and from Central and South America and Florida. ACE was also doing business with and supporting Southern Air Transport`s missions involving arms and drug shipments.
Taus described finding evidence of CIA connections in looting the savings and loans, adding: "The (CIA station) in Freeport, (Long Island) was involved in financial fraud with unsecured loans, unauthorized securities, dummy shell corporations, and the bilking of numerous savings and loans." He discovered that the CIA provided arms to the IRA and he had an informant who had revealed the CIA drug route that was associated with the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster over Lockerbie. Taus said the cover-up included senior FBI officials such as Oliver "Buck" Revell.
Taus wrote to FBI Director William Sessions, reporting the criminal activities. When Sessions did not respond, Taus wrote letters to" Senators Arlen Specter, Alfonse D'Amato, John Kerry and Congressman Norman Lent, Charles Schumer, and many others who were on both the Senate and House Intelligence Oversight Committees. He got no response. Taus said, " The FBI case agent on the "K-Team" case, Carmine Rivera, told him that I would be seriously hurt by my continuing investigation into Oliver North' s Enterprise. Finally, supervisory FBI officials threatened him "to desist or you will be in great trouble."
Taus's FBI supervisor, R. Lindley DeVecchio, refused to act on his reports of CIA-related drug trafficking. In late 1996, a federal prosecutor charged DeVecchio with lying about a case relating to a member of the Colombo organized crime family.
In another case of Justice Department obstruction of justice, Rodney Stich states a long-time CIA contract agent, Oswald LeWinter, told him that Justice Department prosecutors filed charges against certain Mafia figures, while protecting higher figures in the drug trafficking organization. LeWinter described how Tomasso Buscetta, CIA contract agent and a mafia member was used as a witness by Justice Department prosecutors to testify and cover up, as desired for them. (Source: Drugging America the Trogan Horse: by Rodney Stich) http://www.pbsblog.com/pdf/EDrugging_America_part.pdf
The man who acted as liaison to the Contras was one of Ted Shackley ís old Operation 40 operatives (anti-Castro Cubans), professional assassin Chi Chi Quintero. Quintero took orders from the Contras and relayed them to Barry Seal who set up the shipping routes. Shackley ís next coup was to negotiate a deal with the Iranians whereby the hostages were kept on ice until the election was over. This enabled Reagan strategists to portray the Carter administration as weak and vacillating.
All of this time and all of these operations were leading the Air America apparatus incrementally toward Mena, AR. Berry Seal started bringing planes into Mena in 1979, but the operation never really got into full swing until late 1980. There never seemed to be any deviation from the cycle that ran until his death in 1986. Armaments were loaded at Mena. They were then flown to a private airfield in Costa Rica located on a gigantic ranch belonging to a millionaire named John Hull. From there, the planes were refueled, but wherever the planes finally did offload their cargo, they picked up kilos of cocaine.
The airplanes deliver their cocaine cargo to various drop points throughout the Southern US.
CIA-ONI Officer Gunther Russbacher ( aka Lt. Commander Gunsel and Gunslinger ) was involved for decades in many high level undercover activities for the CIA and Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). He became a key member of Austrian intelligence in the 1990s. Russbacher stated that Operation Indigo Sky had been in operation since approximately 1976. He told Rodney Stich, author of the book, Defrauding America , in the third addition, that the operation consists of producing heroin in poppy fields in Nigeria and processing in the capital city of Lagos, along with transportation to Europe and the United States.
Russbacher stated that the intent of Operation Indigo Sky was to get an alternate supply for heroin coming from the Golden Triangle area and the Indian subcontinent. The operation began with the 1976 purchase of the Star Brewery in Lagos and its subsequent multi-million-dollar upgrade into a heroin processing facility. The brewery's name was changed to Star of Nigeria and then to Red Star. The transportation of the drugs from Lagos was initially by the CIA and DEA and then changed to contract operators. Most of the processed drugs in Operation Indigo Sky went from Lagos to Amsterdam, where it was further packaged and then shipped to European and United States destinations.
CIA cable analyst Michael Maholy was a deep-cover officer whose primary duty was monitoring cable traffic at different CIA locations. Maholy gave Rodney Stich, the author of Defrauding America, details of CIA and Mossad drug trafficking. He named the companies owning the oil rigs off the coast of the United States, Central and South America, Nigeria, and Angola: Santa Fe, Zapata, and Rowan. He physically saw Evergreen International Airlines and Southern Air Transport hauling drugs, confirmed by cable traffic he handled.
Maholy stated, `The real mission (of these oil and gas drilling platforms] was to funnel weapons and money to the Nicaraguans, and also to bring illegal drugs into the United States.....Rowan International was a cover for a branch of Zapata Oil. Zapata Oil and Exploration had many land-based operations in Central and South America as well as offshore rigs." (Operation Whale Watch)
"We had access to military cryptographic machines such as the KW 135, the KL 16, KL 10 and the CW 4 to decode and sifter out any cable traffic from transmissions from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama."
Pacific Seafood Maholy wrote: "This company [Pacific Seafood] used a number of vessels to carry out covert missions to run weapons, drugs and cash from country to country. Not only would their "shrimp" trawlers use the oil rigs for loading, unloading and refueling, and also to deliver large sums of money for aid to the Contras. The shrimpers would constantly converge on our rig to convert, store and transport all of the above. The crews were all seasoned paramilitary experts in their abilities to search and destroy, CIA trained and specialists in their fields.
It was from one of the shrimp boat captains that I would come to meet Barry Seal' s main right-wing contact from Morgan City, La. His name was Russell Hebert, and the name on his shrimp boat was Southern Crossing. This boat had state-of-the-art radar, hi-tech navigation systems, extra fuel tanks, and a crew consisting only of "special forces or Navy Seals."
Maholy described how the drug planes would fly low and proceed from the off-shore oil rigs to the United States at very slow speeds of approximately 120 knots, so that they would appear on radar as helicopters servicing the rigs Maholy described how the Ochoa drug cartel used the coastal oil rigs for drug transshipments. He described the role of a Venezuelan naval officer by the name of Lizardo Marquez Perez, who was in charge of this drug operation, and frequently seen on the oil rigs by Maholy.
Maholy described the cover-up of the drug operation by such people as the Chief of the DEA cocaine operations in Washington, Ron Caffrey, Oliver North, CIA's Duane (Dewey) Clarridge, Army Lieutenant General Paul Gorman (commander of the Panama-based U.S. Southern Command), and others.
In several congressional transcripts marked Confidential, consisting of depositions taken in June 1991. One of the witnesses was a long-time CIA officer/pilot, Richard Brenneke, who testified in closed-door hearings conducted by members of the United States Congress and the Arkansas State Attorney General's office. Brenneke's testimony described the CIA drug trafficking, CIA ties to organized crime, and CIA money laundering.
Brenneke described his activities on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, about his expertise in handling financial transfers worldwide, including money transfers for the Central Intelligence Agency, commencing in 1968 and continuing until 1985. Brenneke testified to "handling money for them [and] handling East Bloc weapons purchases primarily made in Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia." He described flying as pilot for the CIA, including C-130 aircraft from Mena, Arkansas, to various airports in Panama, including Tucuman Airport at Panama City, and into Colon. Brenneke produced pilot logbooks showing the flights that he made for the CIA into Mena and other locations.
Brenneke testified that the weapon shipments were met by "members of the Panamanian Defense Forces" and "by Michael Harari." He identified Harari in congressional testimony as a Mossad agent and "Manuel Noriega`s partner in a number of business deals in Panama. I know that first hand because I had to deal with him." He described carrying weapons and military personnel trained in Arkansas from Mena to Panama. He testified that the weapons frequently came either from government stores or through the Tamiami Gun Shop in Miami, Florida, and that his co-pilot on many of these flights was another CIA operative, Harry Rupp.
Brenneke described drug-trafficking flights from Medellin to Mena and to Iron Mountain Ranch in Texas. He identified Rich Mountain Aviation at Mena Airport (Inter-Mountain Regional Airport) and Fred Hampton as owning and operating the CIA-front operation.
When asked by congressional investigators about the nature of the cargo flown back to the United States, including into Mena, Brenneke testified, "I found the cargo to be cocaine; in some cases marijuana." He testified that on each return flight he carried 400 to 500 pounds of cocaine, which was loaded by Panamanian Defense Force soldiers onto the CIA aircraft.
When asked about the disposition of the drugs, Brenneke testified that upon landing at Mena Airport the drugs would be either off-loaded onto other aircraft, or stored in Rich Mountain Aviation's hangar. Brenneke testified that in some instances the drugs were received by Freddie Hampton of Rich Mountain Aviation, and in some cases "members of John Gotti's family in New York. One of them was an individual known to me by the name of Salvatore Reale. "
"Back as 1968 and early 1969, we [CIA] had begun to launder money from organized crime families in New York. At that time, Mr. Gotti was an up and coming member of one of the families. I got to know them at that time. We used to wash their money overseas and put it in Switzerland in nice, safe places for them." "Actually the CIA told me to do that on his behalf."
The Gotti organization, through Reale, paid the CIA in cash for the drugs ," somewhere in the $50,000,000 bracket. Brenneke said he knew this, "Because I banked that money for them in Panama City, and ultimately transferred it to other locations in Europe". That money was delivered to us in cash. There were occasions where there were wire transfers, but the generally followed method was cash. That would be stored in the aircraft on its return trip to Panama. Once it reached Panama, we would put it into a bank account, which at that time was in the Banquo de Panama. And the account name was the initials IFMA, which was a company that I set up in Panama City in 1970. The money would be subsequently and almost immediately transferred to Spain or Liechtenstein. From there it went to Monte Carlo, and the ultimate destination was Zurich or Geneva. But in any case, Switzerland."
The banks [in which accounts were] opened for the CIA." Panama City, Banquo DeMexico. At one point we were using a Citibank correspondent down there whose name escapes me. We had a man on-site who worked for us, as well as worked for Ron Martin, a man named Johnny Mollina. John would spend a lot of his time in Panama City and worked in one of the banks that we used. I set up more than one account in Madrid that was used. I set up an account in Brussels at Bank Lambert that was regularly used. I set up accounts at Credit Suisse, a Swiss bank. And Bank of Credit & Commerce (BCCI). Also, a bank that no longer exists called Bank Hoffman. I set up a bank in Panama City on behalf of the mutual fund company I worked for so that I could ultimately control how the transfers were handled.
"And the money that you got from the Gotti organization that you put on the airplane [in Arkansas] and returned to Panama on the next trip, you personally took to a bank in Panama City?" Yes, I did. Let's take Banquo DePanama, the Panamanian National Bank."
In about 1976 the US installed and operation radio beacons to aid drug flights out of Central American and into the US. This operation was codenamed, the Operation Watchtower.
"Edwin Wilson explained that the profit from the sale of narcotics was laundered through a series of banks. Wilson stated that over 70% of the profits were laundered through the banks in Panama. The remaining percentage was funneled through Swiss banks with a small remainder being handled by banks within the United States. I understood that some of the profits in Panamanian banks arrived through Israeli Couriers. I became aware of that fact from normal conversations with some of the embassy personnel assigned to the Embassy in Panama." Wilson indicated that most of Operation Watchtower was implemented on the authority of CIA officer Thomas Clines.
(Source: affidavit by Colonel Edward P. Cutolo, 10th Special Forces, US Army, dated March 11, 1980)
"By 1986, it was getting uncomfortable in Panama, and so some of the Venezuelan banks in Caracas were used. The same procedure was followed, though. The money would be deposited into an account; you would walk into the bank, for example, and sit down with the Vice President or Managing Director of the bank. You were clearly a large depositor and a large customer of that bank. And you just simply explained that you wanted to deposit the money in this bag, and he would just kindly go ahead and do so for you."
Brenneke testified: "When I found that we were bringing drugs into the United States, and that we were receiving money which was being put into accounts which I knew to belong to the United States government, as I'd set them up specifically for that purpose, I called Mr. Don Gregg, who was a CIA officer with whom I was acquainted, and complained about the nature of what we were doing".
Donald Gregg worked closely with George Bush Sr. when Bush was director of the CIA, and became his national security advisor when Bush was vice president of the United States. Bush later nominated Gregg to be Ambassador to South Korea.
Dewey Clarridge was indicted in November 1991 on seven counts of perjury and false statements. He was the CIA's chief of the Latin America Division in 1981. On December 24, 1992, Pres. George H. W. Bush pardoned Clarridge before his trial could finish. At the same time, Bush pardoned five of Clarridge's associates in the Iran-Contra Affair including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Elliott Abrams, a former assistant secretary of state for Inter-American affairs; former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane; and former CIA's Chief of the Central American Task Force Alan D. Fiers and CIA's Chief Operation Directorate Calir George.
He was transferred to become the chief of station in Rome and than headed the CIA's Latin America Division from 1981 until 1984. Clarridge was instrumental in organizing and recruiting Contra forces to overthrow Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government. He organized the mining of Nicaraguan harbors, an act for which the United States was convicted in the 1986 World Court at the Hague. Clarridge helped Richard Secord move PLO weapons captured by Israeli forces during their bloody invasion of Lebanon, through Noriega in Panama, to the Contras.
When asked about Gregg's response about the drug trafficking CIA officer/pilot Richard Brenneke testified:
"I was told that it was not my business what I was flying in and out of the
country. That I was hired to do specific things, and if I would do those
things and not pay any attention to anything else, we would all be very,
very happy. I didn't like that. He said shut up and do your job. I subsequently
talked to Mr. Gregg on a number of occasions as well as to other
people in the vice-president's office to voice my concern over the use of
drugs, importing drugs into the United States."
Brenneke testified about the criminal charges made against Heinrich Rupp concerning looting the Aurora Bank in the Denver area, saying "that was common in our line of work with the CIA." When asked if Brenneke ever complained to CIA director William Casey bout these activities, Brenneke replied: "Yes, I did on a number of occasions. And Mr. Casey`s telephone logs would reflect phone calls to me, made to me in Lake Oswego, which was at that time the location of my office".
He testified that the CIA handler he was working for was CIA Officer Robert Kerritt, and that Kerritt paid the various CIA assets in the Mena area. Brenneke continued:
Brenneke clearly testified, without hesitation, times, dates, places, and either telephone logs or notes that he made of conversations with his CIA handlers in Washington. He provided the investigators with copies of bank records, corporation papers, and detailed testimony, wherein there could be little doubt that his testimony was true.
The Wackenhut Corporation - 1981
Bruce Berckmans (alias Roger Greever) left the CIA in January 1975 to become a Wackenhut international-operations vice president. Berckmans left Wackenhut in 1981 and he claims that he has seen a formal proposal George Wackenhut submitted to the CIA to allow the agency to use Wackenhut offices throughout the world as fronts for CIA activities.
A former CIA terrorism analyst, William Corbett, confirmed the relationship between Wackenhut and the CIA. "For years Wackenhut has been involved with the CIA and other intelligence organizations, including the DEA. Wackenhut would allow the CIA to occupy positions within the company [in order to carry out] clandestine operations." During the Reagan Administration Wackenhut saw a $150 million increase in work/contracts.
Robert Booth Nichols was the head of Meridian Arms company which was alleged to have been a CIA front company and he worked on the Wackenhut-Cabazon Indian reservation project. Meridian International Logistics, Inc. was the parent company of Meridian Arms.
In 1983, these companies were part of a covert project of manufacturing untraceable weapons on the Cabazon Indian reservation that shipped them to Mena, AR, and from there to the Contras in Honduras.
More information about this whole Wackenhut-Cabazon operation came to light during an FBI investigation of Robert Booth Nichols in a mafia-related money laundering of drug trafficking funds and for stock fraud. Later the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) got involved in an investigation of the PROMIS software thief. The RCMP's suspected people inside the US Justice Department were involved.
They obtained FBI wiretap summaries of telephone conversations between Robert Booth Nichols and another of his then-partners in First Intercontinental Development Corp, (FIDCO). FIDCO was a Middle Eastern operation that ran arms into and heroin out of Lebanon's Beqaa (Bekaa) Valley
The list of directors of Meridian International Logistics included; Harold Okimoto , Glenn Shakley, who was also on the Board Director of First International Development Corporation (FIDICO), and Eugene F. Giaquinto who was part of the mafia according to an investigation carried out by the Los Angles Organized Crime Task Force.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police obtained FBI wiretap summaries (transcripts) of telephone conversations between partners in First Intercontinental Development Corp, (FIDCO). FIDCO was a Middle Eastern operation that ran arms into and heroin out of Lebanon's Beqaa (Bekaa) Valley. The wiretap transcripts read like a who's who of alleged mafia figures, Harold Okimoto and Jose Londono. Londono was one of the founders of The Cali Cartel. Okimoto owned food concessions in casinos around the world----Las Vega, Reno, Macao, and the Middle East. Okimoto was a high-ranking member of the Yakuza. Okimoto had long history of working for the OSS in Japan after WWII and he had worked under Frank Carlucci. After he retired Carlucci worked for Wackenhut.
Okimoto had long history of working for the OSS in Japan after WWII and he had worked under Frank Carlucci who served as Secretary of Defense and Deputy Director of the CIA. It is interesting to note the number of former CIA and military people who went to work of Wackenhut after retirement. These people were former FBI director Clarence Kelley, former Defense secretary and CIA deputy director Frank Carlucci, former Defense Intelligence Agency director Gen. Joseph Carroll, former Secret Service director James J. Rowley, former Marine commandant P.X. Kelley, former CIA deputy director Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, and previous to becoming CIA director, William J. Casey was Wackenhut's outside legal counsel. This follows the same pattern as the Nugan Hand Bank, whose executive were retired Generals and CIA leaders.
The Board of Directors of FIDCO consisted of the following principles:
Robert A. Maheu, Sr. : He was worked for Las Vegas billionaire Howard Hughes in running Hughes Casino/ hotel businesses and thereby he got in touch with organized-crime leaders Sam Giancana, Johnny Rosselli, and Santos Trafficante, Jr. In the early 1960s Maheu was used by the CIA as a go-between to enlisting the help of Mafiosi John Roselli and Sam Giancana in the US attempts to assassinate Castro.
Robert Booth Nichols: Sr. Vice President and Chairman of Investment Committee Chief Executive Officer of R.B.N. Companies, International, a holding company for manufacturing and development of high technology electronics, real estate development, construction and international finance. He worked for many US intelligence agencies (including the NSC and CIA) and with the Gambino mafia family and Yakuza. He also the boss of Glenn Shockley. Shockley worked with Jose Londono (according to Michael Riconosciuto - The Last Circle by Cheri Seymour, pgs 82 -84).
Clint W. Murchison, Jr.: Almost 20 percent of the Murchison Oil Lease Company in Oklahoma was owned by Gerardo Catena, chief lieutenant to the Genovese mafia family. When J. Edgar Hoover visited the (Murchison) Hotel Del Charro, as he did every summer between 1953 and 1959, Murchison picked up his tab. That amounted to about $19,000 of free vacations for the FBI Director over those years.
Glenn Shockley was a director both on Meridian International Logistics, Inc. and FIDCO.
George K. Pender was in charge of a $3 billion fund to reconstruct Beirut, Lebanon after the 1982. Israeli invasion of the country. The Lebanese President Amin Gamayel's finance chief, Samei el Khouri was an important link in shipping tons of heroin to Sicily, Italy for re-shipment to the US, in these affairs.
FIDCO and Intersect (Software) Corporation, as CIA front companies, regularly transferred millions of dollars to finance the CIA's arms and plane sales businesses. Two banks identified in these transactions are Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and Credit Suisse in Zurich and Geneva. John Elliott of Fairfax was cited in the press as working for the "Intersect Corporation" which "does security work for the government."
Notes from a board of directors meeting on August 26, 1988, clarifies issues concerning Meridian International Logistics, Inc.'s involvement in development of biological weapons: "It was unanimous decision of the Board to draft a letter to the President of an Internationally recognized Medical School in Japan with regard to our corporation's intention to make available a grant of funds to said school as the funds become available to our corporation, and under specific terms and conditions." The notes cast more light on the nature of Meridian International Logistics, Inc.'s involvement in this issue: "The phenomenal success in the field of immune therapeutics by the Immunology Department of said Japanese Medical School has convinced the Board that the exclusive training of qualified physicians under contract to and the direction of Meridian International Logistics, Inc., would be of great value and benefit to our company and it's shareholders".
The Meridian International Logistics, Inc. Board Meeting minutes of September 20, 1988 make reference to an Agreement of September 14, 1988, which discusses in details an equal partnership between three parties: Meridian International Logistics, Inc., Ajinomoto Co., Inc., and Dr. Sheigeyoshi Fujimoto, concerning a "biological technology" patented as" devised technology for induction and activation of Cytotoxic T-Lymphocytes (CTL), directed to autogenously cancer cells in vitro with high efficiency to utilize a serum free medium. "
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