Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has been involved in efforts to broker the release of hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and has been hailed as a hero by some for his efforts.
Evidence found on a stolen laptop shows that Mr Chavez had closer links to the Farc than realised and has funded the left-wing drug trafficking rebels. Chávez has in the past revealed that he regularly consumes coca the source of cocaine.
During a four hour speech to the national assembly he said: ”I chew coca every day in the morning and look how I am,” he is seen saying on a video of the speech, as he shows his biceps to the audience.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has been Chavez's dealer ever since the ex coca farmer came into power.
Chavez has been heard asking Morales, " Hey my friend where is my shipment of coca? why have you not sent me any? to this Morales produces a pouch from his waistband and says, "here my brother this is the good sheet" and hands his jonesing buddy a handful of leaves.
Indigenous Bolivians and Peruvians can legally chew coca leaves as a mild stimulant and to kill hunger. But coca paste is a semi-refined product between leaves and cocaine considered highly addictive and often smoked as basuco or pitillo.
Chavez has to be on something. In January, he described the Farc and Colombia's smaller rebel group, the ELN, as armies with a legitimate political project and urged the EU and the US government to remove them from the list of terrorist organisations, he also said that George Bush should turn up and tune out and lay off his homies, Iran's Revolutionary Guard.