Mexican Drug Cartels Move Pot Farms to U.S. Indian Reservations

November 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Tribal authorities are now besieged with a growing number of illegal pot farms cultivated on large tracts of uninhabited land found on Indian reservations. As increased border patrols, have slowed the rate of illegal immigration, it’s become much harder for Mexican drug cartels to smuggle marijuana across the border to the U.S. Consequently, drug cartel members have simply moved their “grow” operations into the United States.

Law enforcement authorities in California have waged a recent crackdown on the proliferation of illegal pot farms, planted by the Mexican drug cartel on wide swatches of public land in the Western state. But the marijuana “grows” have now moved into tribal lands at an alarming rate, say authorities.

Police Chief Carmen Smith and his detectives, recently made several arrests involving large marijuana farms on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon. “These criminal organizations are growing in Indian country at an alarming rate. The [growers] on our reservation were sent directly from Mexico,” said Smith.

According to a piece in the Wall Street Journal, the Mexican drug cartel’s illegal pot farms are spreading across Western states like wildfire.

“At first, the Mexican growers began using remote public parkland in California, and have since expanded toward neighboring Oregon and Washington. Both states have two things gangs need: lots of unguarded forest land and lots of cheap Mexican labor.”

“Mexican gangs also are moving east, into Idaho and the Dakotas, using reservations to grow pot as well as distribute narcotics smuggled from Mexico and Canada, according to U.S. law enforcement.”

The drug cartels prefer tribal lands, because the Tribal police force is understaffed, with large areas of remote uninhabited land just waiting for a hidden pot farm. Tribal lands also have the advantage of dual tribal and federal jurisdiction, which makes arrests of drug cartel members more complicated.

See the Wall Street Journal for more.


One Response to “Mexican Drug Cartels Move Pot Farms to U.S. Indian Reservations”

  1. darby on November 19th, 2009 6:06 pm

    marijuana should be legalized to get rid of the criminal element.

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