The story is much the same in Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, where many new commercial ventures funded by drug money are changing the face of the inner city.Retailers privately admit that cash purchases of electronic equipment, cars, and high-powered boats costing thousands of dollars are routinely paid for with Among those who have benefited most from the business are the dozen or so Bahamian lawyers hired regularly by drug defendants.Several local hospital and coroner's office officials also were removed following allegations of inefficiency or cover-ups in the death of her son Daniel.Smith herself died in February 2007 at a Florida hotel and is buried in the Bahamas next to her 20-year-old son. Khristine Eroshevich, her psychiatrist, were convicted of conspiring to get her painkillers and sedatives.Secluded coves and beaches sprinkled across 100,000 square miles of water have made it relatively easy to hide the contraband on its journey northwand from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.Until a dozen years ago, drug traders were foreigners, most of them Americans.But most of those sucked into the trade are young and otherwise unemployed.
Those who do not help the authorities run the risk of retaliation.
The cables, classified as confidential, described how Smith's remarkably rapid success in gaining permanent residency led to the ouster of Mr Gibson while the alleged bungling of her son's treatment and death cut short the careers of several lesser officials while energising the political opposition and the press.
The last cable was dated March 2007, two months before the Progressive Labor Party lost an election despite a strong local economy.
The same inducements that made the Bahamas so successful as a tourism and banking center have proven equally attractive to the drug merchants.
Strung like a chain southward from the Florida coast to Cuba, the 700 islands and cays straddle some of the Western Hemisphere's most important shipping lanes.
The cables note that Mr Gibson, who approved the application, was hit by allegations he had received a ,000 check and a ,000 watch from Smith, who also allegedly hired his father to work on her yacht and his mother to babysit her children.