Examining Drug Smuggling and Gang Activity in Indian Country, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, November 19, 2009 [open pdf - 542KB]
From the openings statement of Byron L. Dorgan: "Recently, we learned that increased marijuana growth by Mexican gangs and drug cartels occur on U.S. park lands. A report noted that the fastest expansion for drug production is on Indian reservations. In 2008, tribal police seized more than 233,000 marijuana plants on Indian reservations in Washington State alone. Mexican gangs, we know, are moving east into Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota, using reservations to produce and distribute drugs, as well as smuggling guns. And we know that drug trafficking by these non-Indian gangs have enticed a number of Native American youth to join gangs or to form their own gangs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Maria Cantwell, Nancy Dooley, Matt Haney, Arnold Moorin, Ivan D. Posey, Martina Whelshula, and Thomas Harrigan.
S. Hrg. 111-500; Senate Hearing 111-500
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