A retired CIA agent claims that the agency used flying saucers to smuggle cocaine and cannabis in the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s, and was using the famous Area 51 military as a base for its operations.

In his autobiography entitled UFOs and drugs: Memories of a CIA agent, the former CIA operative Jim Franklin claims that he took part in various drug smuggling operations for the CIA from 1972 to 1989.

Mr. Franklin, who now lives in  Manassas in Virginia, claims he didn’t only see the flying saucers but also piloted them on more than 800 flights.

He describes the vehicle as a VZ-13, a highly improved military version VZ-9 Avrocar, the famous flying saucer developed by the Canadian Avro Aircraft and introduced in 1958.

The 91-year old says the CIA operatives used these unusual vehicles and wore strange-looking astronaut suits so that witnesses of their operations would draw false conclusions and would not be taken seriously.

Jim Franklin estimates that he helped the CIA smuggle more than 2000 tons of cocaine using this unusual strategy, most of it through Area 51.

This isn’t the first time that the CIA is accused of taking part in the international drug trade, but Mr. Franklin is the first to claim that the agency used flying saucers for such operations.

His 618-page book contains a lot of information concerning the alleged operations, including dates, flight paths, and cargo waybills.

A spokesman of the CIA has refused to comment the book, dismissing the allegations as “ridiculous fantasies”.

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