In the fall of 1996, The San Jose Mercury News reported on a drug trial in Los Angeles where informants testified that they had sold drugs to LA street gangs in order to finance the CIA-backed Contra war in Nicaragua in the 1980s. They testified that the drugs came from the Mena Arkansas operations. The story grabbed the headlines and incited the black community. It was soon realized that what was seen in Los Angeles was just another tentacle of what had already been uncovered in Mena, Arkansas. Now the CIA, the Justice Department, Congress and the White House were all asked for explanations. Mushrooming beyond control, the Mena scandal had finally reached the headlines of the mainstream media a decade after the events took place. By December, 1996 CIA Director John M. Deutch resigns. Also there are reports of the U.S. Government involved with a Bolivian cocaine lab. There are a string of murders of Americans surrounding the lab in Bolivia.