DEA Target Guy Philippe

Jean Pierre Alexandre - March 31 2012, 10:02 PM


The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has tried several times to arrest Philippe on drug trafficking charges.

The U.S. agency launched two failed raids in 2007 and 2009 - one in the southern city of Les Cayes and the other in the southwestern town of Pestel - using helicopters and other means to try to capture Philippe.

He went into hiding, but still has made occasional surprise appearances in public.

Philippe's appearance at the radio station marked the first time his presence was announced in advance.

On Thursday in the northern town of Cap-Haitien, he participated in a march organized by former soldiers to request the return of the army.

"DEA has no authority to arrest anyone in Haiti.

The law says who can arrest who in Haiti.

I am no drug dealer.

They are only making a plot to assassinate me," Philippe said.

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