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U.S. Marine Murdered to Cover Up CIA-Cocaine Link?

C-130A and P-3A, former military aircraft, were used to transport weapons to Central America and drugs into the U.S. to support the Contra War.

BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up,” by Robert O’Dowd and Tim King

(IRVINE Tico Times) - Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a DEA agent and former U.S. Marine, was killed in Mexico in 1985 because he was a threat to disclose illegal narcotrafficking activity supported by the CIA to fund the Contra War.

Col. James Sabow of MCAS El Toro

Six year later, on Jan. 22, 1991, Col. James E. Sabow was murdered at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, because he was about to blow the whistle on the illegal narcotrafficking of cocaine into the United States on CIA proprietary airlines.

C-130A and P-3A, former military aircraft, were used to transport weapons to Central America and drugs into the U.S. to support the Contra War.

Col. Sabow, a straight-arrow Marine and decorated fighter pilot, learned the day before he was killed that these aircraft were using El Toro and other military bases to fly cocaine into the U.S. He voiced his objections in a 65-minute telephone call to the retired deputy commandant of the Marine Corps, a four-star general. The next day his wife found his body on their patio, after returning from mass in Santa Ana.

Col Sabow was a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot

His fingerprints were not on the shotgun, yet the Orange County pathologist reported the manner of death as suicide. The intraoral shotgun blast left very little blood on the patio, and his right lung was full of blood – evidence that did not support suicide by a shotgun blast. The forensic evidence and circumstances surrounding his death support homicide.

It didn’t matter. Subsequent independent investigations reported that he was killed by a U.S. government assassination team who ordered Naval Investigative Service (NIS) agents and Marine MPs to leave the crime scene and wait across the street until told to return. A 2004 Defense Department report to Congress included a fraudulent autopsy photograph altered to hide the right side of his head that was bludgeoned by a blunt object used to render him unconscious until the killers could force his shotgun into his mouth and discharge the weapon.

A 2010 Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) cold case investigation ignored the sworn affidavit of an internationally renowned pathologist who reported homicide as the manner of death and crime-scene tampering. Several days later, the pathologist orally withdrew his sworn affidavit; the NCIS didn’t object or request a revised affidavit.

The death of Col. Sabow and the toxic exposure of U.S. Marines at both El Toro and Camp Lejeune are reported in “BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up,” by Robert O’Dowd and Tim King, two former El Toro Marines. “BETRAYAL” is available from Amazon here.

First published by Tico Times


Bob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the east coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the Federal government. Half of that time was spent with the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. A graduate of Temple University, Bob has been married to Grace for 31 years. He is the father of two adult children and the grandfather of two boys. Bob has a blog site on former MCAS El Toro at This subject is where Bob intersected with Bob served in the exact same Marine Aviation Squadron that Salem-News founder Tim King served in, twenty years earlier. With their combined on-site knowledge and research ability, Bob and Tim and a handful of other ex-Marines, have put the contamination of MCAS El Toro on the map. The base is highly contaminated with TCE, trichloroethelyne

You can email Bob O’Dowd, Environmental and Military Reporter, at this address:


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