More Than Thirteen Thousand Marijuana Plants Seized in Southern Utah
Thirty-Eight Members of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Arrested
Detainees arrested at the grow site were led by law enforcement officers to vehicles for transport out of the rugged area.
Tall marijuana plants found at the grow site.
JUL 20 — ST. GEORGE, UTAH – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that on July 16, 2011, the DEA, along with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, seized 13,806 marijuana plants found growing in the mountains outside of Veyo, Utah, and arrested 38 defendants who were in the process of harvesting the plants. Also seized during the operation was
100 pounds of processed marijuana, one loaded handgun, and four vehicles.
The investigation of this Mexican drug trafficking organization (DTO) has linked it to at least three marijuana grow operations that were seized last year in the same general area of southern Utah.
Approximately 70 law enforcement officers participated in the operation from agencies that included the Washington County Area Task Force, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Forrest Service, Utah Department of Public Safety, DEA Metro Task Force, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Fredonia Marshal’s Office, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue.
But investigations of America’s secret war in Nicaragua have revealed mounting evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency has been fighting the Contra war with the help of international drug traffickers.
It is not a new story.
Tonight’s FRONTLINE investigation traces the CIA’s involvement with drug lords back to the agency’s birth following World War II. It is a long history that asks this question: “In the war on drugs, which side is the CIA on?”
Our program was produced by Leslie and Andrew Cockburn. It is called Guns, Drugs, and the CIA and is reported by Leslie Cockburn.
On the ground in Northern Laos, a handful of CIA officers directed as many as eighty-five thousand soldiers drawn from the mountain tribes. But American officials did more than just send their allies into battle.
Primarily it was transported on our smaller aircraft, the Helios, the Porters and the things like that would visit the little outlying villages. They would send their opium to market.
It was the heart and pulse of Laos at that time, more commonly referred to as the CIA’s secret base you now, heh heh heh.
While Vang Pao does not attend such functions, he is well remembered by his old comrades.
Most of them are long gone and far away from Laos now but one legendary CIA officer still lives across the Mekong River close to his old mountain battleground.
These people have had their whole life destroyed for helping out in our war. For helping out in our war.
The Brigade had been created and trained by the CIA for the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. After their defeat the CIA continued to maintain and use this skilled force of covert operators, wherever they were needed. Their numbers grew into the thousands. They had their own navy, as well as other assets provided by the CIA, including businesses and banks.
General Noriega was more than ready to support the Reagan administration in the Contra war after Congress cut off funding.
IRAN CONTRA HEARINGS
Rodriguez quote “is operating as a private citizen, but his acquaintanceship with the Vice President is real enough, going back to the latter’s days as Director of Central Intelligence. Rodriguez’ primary commitment to the region is in Nicaragua, where he wants to assist the FDN.”
IRAN CONTRA HEARINGS
Vice President Bush declined to be interviewed for this program or to reply to FRONTLINE’s written questions about his relationship with Felix Rodriguez.
Thank you for joining us. I’m Judy Woodruff. Good night.
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