DEA Report: Minutemen (MCDC) reduced drug trafficking


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Lambo
July 12, 2006, 08:40 PM
The DEA annual report was given to a reporter, Brad Stone, at KVOA in Tucson and they did a story last night on the DEA giving credit to the Minutemen for helping decrease the flow of drugs coming into the United States. They interviewed Minuteman Civil Defense Corps National Executive Director, Al Garza, in the report.

DEA Report: Minutemen reduced drug trafficking
July 12, 2006 08:22 AM EDT

The Minuteman Project formed for one purpose: to protect the border, and it has, according to an internal Drug Enforcement Agency report.

The report credits the border watch group with helping to cut down on drug trafficking.

This intelligence report obtained by News 4 says that the Minuteman Project had an impact on drug trafficking in Cochise County in 2005.

DEA officials say bulk loads of marijuana crossing the border dropped siginificantly.

Anthony Coulson, with DEA says, "When you have eyes on the border -- I think any law enforcment will admit this -- you have a great deterrent effect of keeping things away."

The report says that, during April and May 2005, several high-profile operations targeting illegal immigrant smugglng operations may have impacted drug smuggling operations and the usual flow of illegal drugs corss the Arizona and Mexico border.

A graph shows a 20% decrease between 2004 and 2005.

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Minuteman spokesman Al Garza says that's been a mission from the beginning.

"The initial plan was to go after the drug cartels," Garza said. "It's not just about illegal immigration, we are obviously looking into the sealing of the border and we did address the issue of drugs."

He's appreciative that a government organziation would acknowledge the effectiveness of the Minuteman Project.

"We've stood tall, we've meant what we said. We weren't there because we were racists. Just look at the color of my skin. This is not what we're about. Our theme is border security. Been that way all along," Garza explained.

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To read the entire article, click here: http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=5138629&nav=menu216_1

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