Drug-Smuggling Reservation Just Got Huge $$ From Feds

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Latest action by reservation on Mexico border has Border Patrol agents “LIVID.”

An Indian reservation that sits on the Mexican-U.S. border has property on both sides of the border, considers the border an “artificial barrier to freedom,” and is notorious as a drug-smuggling corridor.   “This is the location used most for trafficking drugs into the country,” a Border Patrol source told Judicial Watch recently.

The Tohono O’odham Reservation is 2.8 million acres, (about the size of Connecticut) has 30,000 members, and the mountainous terrain make it difficult to patrol.  Tribe officials accuse the Border Patrol of interrupting their culture and customs.

Recently, the reservation cordoned off the access road with a barbed wire gate to keep Border Patrol officers out, with a hand-written cardboard sign that read, “CLOSED, DO NOT OPEN.”   When BP officials told Homeland Security, superiors there told them they can’t cut the new wire fence to access the reservation even though it sits in the Border Patrol’s busiest drug sector.  A few hours after the story went public, the reservation did re-open the road.

According to Judicial Watch:

The Tohono O’odham recently got a huge chunk of change from Uncle Sam, $2.75 million, to build single-family homes for its largely poor tribe members.

For years the reservation has appeared on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) HIDTA list because it’s a significant center of illegal drug production, manufacturing, importation and distribution. The reservation is a primary transshipment zone for methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana destined for the United States, a DEA official revealed in congressional testimony a few years ago. In 2015 Arizona led all four Border Patrol sectors in drug seizures with 928,858 pounds of drugs confiscated, according to agency figures.

 

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