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#1018250 --- 05/03/09 08:35 AM Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted
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Feds: Pot smugglers on border territory sold more than $700 million

More than $30 million a year in marijuana sales bought a lot of bling for the leaders of a drug ring in Northern New York, according to federal prosecutors:

A garage-sized shed filled with $200,000 worth of tools.
A monster truck.
Surveillance cameras.
Boats, luxury SUVs, ATVs and snowmobiles.
Fish tanks outfitted with secret compartments to hide drugs and cash.

That's what prosecutors say federal agents found two months ago when they raided homes and businesses on the Akwesasne Indian Reservation.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has arrested 26 people since February, about half of them members of the St. Regis Mohawk Indian tribe, on charges of running a marijuana-trafficking ring that sold between $300 million and $700 million worth of pot over the past 10 years.

The ring sold more than 100,000 pounds, making it by far the biggest marijuana ring the DEA has ever busted in Upstate New York, according to Special Agent Erin Mulvey. The second largest that she was aware of was about half that.

The marijuana was grown in Canada and transported by boat or snowmobile into the U.S. through the Akwesasne, according to a federal grand jury indictment. After a while, the movement of large amounts of marijuana became so pervasive on the reservation that it continued in plain view, according to an affidavit from a DEA agent.

The drugs ended up mostly in New York City, but some were sold in Syracuse and other Upstate cities, according to federal prosecutors. The case is being prosecuted in Brooklyn federal court. The defendants face charges of running a continuing criminal enterprise, importing marijuana and distributing marijuana. They face up to 20 years in prison. None of the defendants has been convicted.

by John O'Brien / The Post-Standard
Sunday May 03, 2009, 5:00 AM

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#1018256 --- 05/03/09 09:35 AM Re: Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted [Re: newsman38]
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Boy that's a shocker. I didn't see that coming!!!
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#1018259 --- 05/03/09 09:43 AM Re: Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted [Re: justaxme]
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The Feds had a bust up there a 'couple' of years ago. They had tunnels from one resident to Canada I think.
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#1018273 --- 05/03/09 10:51 AM Re: Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted [Re: newsman38]
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Will they sue the DEA for applying laws that "do not apply to their reservation" and then get a judge that actually buys their STUPID argument?

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#1018373 --- 05/03/09 05:55 PM Re: Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted [Re: SFisWonderful]
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Casino gambling wasn't good enough for them? They have to sell drugs to make ends meet?
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#1018377 --- 05/03/09 06:20 PM Re: Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted [Re: newsman38]
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LEGALIZE IT.

Problem solved.
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#1026474 --- 05/19/09 05:16 AM Re: Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted [Re: newsman38]
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Originally Posted By: newsman38
Feds: Pot smugglers on border territory sold more than $700 million

More than $30 million a year in marijuana sales bought a lot of bling for the leaders of a drug ring in Northern New York, according to federal prosecutors:

• A garage-sized shed filled with $200,000 worth of tools.
• A monster truck.
• Surveillance cameras.
• Boats, luxury SUVs, ATVs and snowmobiles.
• Fish tanks outfitted with secret compartments to hide drugs and cash.

That's what prosecutors say federal agents found two months ago when they raided homes and businesses on the Akwesasne Indian Reservation.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has arrested 26 people since February, about half of them members of the St. Regis Mohawk Indian tribe, on charges of running a marijuana-trafficking ring that sold between $300 million and $700 million worth of pot over the past 10 years.

The ring sold more than 100,000 pounds, making it by far the biggest marijuana ring the DEA has ever busted in Upstate New York, according to Special Agent Erin Mulvey. The second largest that she was aware of was about half that.

The marijuana was grown in Canada and transported by boat or snowmobile into the U.S. through the Akwesasne, according to a federal grand jury indictment. After a while, the movement of large amounts of marijuana became so pervasive on the reservation that it continued in plain view, according to an affidavit from a DEA agent.

The drugs ended up mostly in New York City, but some were sold in Syracuse and other Upstate cities, according to federal prosecutors. The case is being prosecuted in Brooklyn federal court. The defendants face charges of running a continuing criminal enterprise, importing marijuana and distributing marijuana. They face up to 20 years in prison. None of the defendants has been convicted.

by John O'Brien / The Post-Standard
Sunday May 03, 2009, 5:00 AM


Is that what they do with the land they buy?
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#1048064 --- 07/07/09 08:36 PM Re: Major Indian-run Smuggling Ring Busted [Re: bluezone]
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They can not use the bridge for the time being. Start rowing across the river.
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