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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Tatum: Montana's Twilight Zone (fwd)

>"Fort Peck Reservation's Twilight Zone"
>October 21, 1997
>Black Ops Reporter
>by Chip Tatum
>Three weeks ago Blacks Ops Reporter ran a feature story which mentioned 
>Circle attorney Arnie Hove's attempt to get authorities to look at 
>official corruption in northern Montana. The result of Hove's efforts is 
>that the entrenched Montana criminal cartels are now targeting Hove. 
>Unfortunately for Hove, members of the criminal enterprise include State 
>and Federal officials. 
>Still a lot of positive news has occurred on the Fort Peck Reservation 
>around Hove and others working to stop the drug corruption. News that 
>points to the efforts of two courageous tribal lay advocates who work 
>with Hove, Melissa Buckles and Florence Youpee, offers great optimism. 
>The drug cartels have good reasons to be after Arnie Hove. Hove has 
>caused them some big problems after his former client Clint Mullen came 
>forward and identified a Sidney lawyer as having solicited him to haul 
>drugs from Canada to the US in his trucking operation. When Mullen 
>refused, Mullen and his wife were brutally beaten outside a nightspot 
>near Sidney at the apparent instigation of an another attorney 
>associated with the Montana Supreme Court Commission on Practice. 
>Hove and others began to realize that something was terribly wrong in 
>the investigation around the Mullen beating. Witnesses were threatened 
>and intimidated by law enforcement. But even more surprisingly, Ray 
>Tomalino's calls to the FBI office in Glasgow, concerning the threats 
>made on his daughter, a witness to the Mullen beating, were 
>ignored. A fact pattern is emerging on the Fort Peck Reservation 
>which may explain why other complaints of felony witness intimidation 
>were also ignored. The pattern may clarify links to a series of as 
>many as 56 drug related homicides in Montana linked to official 
>corruption. The deaths are known in Montana as "The Hi-Line Murders." 
>Nowhere are the awful effects of the Hi-Line murders more apparent 
>than the Fort Peck Reservation. 
>The Fort Peck Reservation was established by executive order in 1851 for 
>the peaceful Assiniboine Tribe who traditionally occupied the Missouri 
>valley lands in what is now western North Dakota and eastern Montana. 
>The majority Sioux population later merged with the 
>Assiniboine tribe after their spectacular victory over Custer at 
>Little Big Horn under Chief Sitting Bull. The Fort Peck Reservation 
>runs east of Porcupine Creek along the Missouri river, and (along the 
>Burlington Northern "Hi-Line" rail line) to the western North Dakota 
>border and also extends north toward the Canadian border. The two 
>largest reservation towns are county seat Wolf Point and tiny Poplar 
>both situated on the "Hi-Line" rail line just north of the Missouri 
>River in far eastern Montana. 
>Melissa Buckles and Florence Youpee were concerned about strange things 
>that were happening on the reservation. The two tribal lay advocates- 
>who work in the tribal courts- began to ask questions about repeated 
>accounts that tribal police and FBI agents were involved in drug 
>dealing. Witnesses began to come forward with stories of beatings and 
>intimidations of people who were speaking out against the drug ring. The 
>drug ring was clearly linked to the authorities. 
>Youpee and Buckles also began to hear from tribal members who spoke of a 
>series of clandestine landing strips on the northern edge of the 
>reservation on the Canadian border, and on the west of the reservation 
>to the east of Porcupine Creek near the abandoned Glasgow Air Force 
>Base. What the ladies did not know, as the reports first came in, was 
>that the landing strips and late night sightings of planes being 
>unloaded or parachute drops of duffel bags was that the two lay 
>advocates may have stumbled into one of the largest smuggling operations 
>in world history loriginating from a group of corrupt FBI agents 
>including Florida FBI agent Terry Nelson, and a number of Colombian drug 
>What the ladies stumbled onto may also explain many of the 40+ homicides 
>that have plagued the Fort Peck Reservation. Deaths which are 
>acknowledged, but for which the official explanation sounds more like 
>"twilight zone" rhetoric - invariably the person "just died." 
>The "twilight zone" explanations become even more astounding when 
>juxtaposed with the documentation of key evidence disappearing 
>during murder and drug trials and then reappearing in the evidence 
>locker afterwards. Or the "twilight zone" beating of officer Bruce Bauer 
>by five law enforcement personnel while Bauer was being treated at 
>Trinity hospital in Wolf Point. An investigator, working under the 
>supervision of FBI agents James Wixon and Scott Cruise, later, according 
>to sworn depositions, intimidated two of the nurse witnesses and tried 
>to get them to falsely change their testimony. Or the "twilight zone" 
>explanations as to why FBI agent James Wixon had recently retired to his 
>sizable cattle ranching operation (acquired during his tenure as a full 
>time agent in Glasgow) and why FBI agent Scott Cruise had been 
>transferred out of the Glasgow office. 
>The "twilight zone" riddles of the Fort Peck Reservation can be answered 
>from an outside perspective. I am a retired intelligence officer and I 
>have worked for a variety of government agencies including the CIA. 
>During the Reagan and Bush administrations I worked on many projects 
>directly for the White House and the National Security Council. During 
>the course of my involvement with the ultra-secret OSG-3. In 1989, I was 
>advised face-to-face by FBI agent Terry Nelson that he was managing a 
>smuggling operation into the United States in conjunction with Fabio 
>Ochoa, a Colombian drug lord, and a Canadian national with intelligence 
>connections and a penchant for smuggling tons of cocaine named Mike 
>According to Terry Nelson, the routes of the drug shipments were from 
>Colombia north to the Bahamas then out into the Atlantic, doubling back 
>west to Nova Scotia and Quebec. One airfield used by the Huxtable 
>smuggling operation was the Chapeau airstrip in Quebec. From eastern 
>Canada the drug shipments were flown to a staging area on a property 
>just south of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. The drug shipments were then flown 
>onto airstrips in or near Sidney, Chinook, Havre and several other 
>locations in Montana and North Dakota. 
>The drug operation involved the smuggling of billions of dollars worth 
>of heroin and cocaine into the United States. Fabio Ochoa used the Mike 
>Huxtable scheme because it got around the southern air radar which was 
>beginning to intercept too many Cartel shipments. FBI agent Terry 
>Nelson recruited local law enforcement and others in Montana and 
>North Dakota to ignor the shipments of cocaine as they came into the 
>United States.
>But trouble developed in Chinook. A local newsman, Mike Perry, and four 
>law enforcement officers made reports to the authorities that they were 
>observing drug shipments. Mike Perry took one sheriff's deputy to meet 
>with then US Attorney Pete Dunbar in Billings. The official explanation 
>was again "twilight zone" - no evidence could be found, and in 
>fact<,> the four Chinook law enforcement officers who reported the 
>drug flights were all fired. 
>Trouble also developed in Sidney. Dozens of witnesses reported drug 
>flights and drug dealing by a prosecuting attorney and police detective. 
>Again, after the investigation "nothing was there." It was only "rumor" 
>or "false reports." The same pattern existed in Havre. In each of the 
>three smuggling towns early unusual deaths haunted people who tried to 
>do something about the drug problems. 
>Surprisingly, FBI agents Scott Cruise and James Wixon were continually 
>tasked with investigating the drug and murder allegations. Both agents 
>operated in Glasgow where the smuggling pilots would rest in 
>condominiums (owned by the conspirators), adjacent to the Glasgow Air 
>Force Base - just eight miles west of a series of off-the-map air 
>strips near Porcupine Creek on Fort Peck Reservation. The two agents 
>couldn't find any credible evidence about drug flights or 
>During the next few days and weeks further startling information will 
>surface. Promised bank transfer documentation may come to light that 
>should explain much of the frustration many individuals have had in 
>understanding the "twilight zone" in Montana along the Canadian border. 
>At the same time, Melissa Buckles and Florence Youpee have gathered a 
>dozen new affidavits and statements on the Fort Peck Reservation. Arnie 
>Hove advises that he has been followed when he returns to Circle from 
>the reservation. Buckles, Youpee, and Hove all are concerned that law 
>enforcement has circulated a false rumor that Arnie Hove is bringing 
>"all the crystal meth onto the reservation." 
>The entire reservation is listening to the trio and something will be 
>done. But the three should be extremely cautious, because they are 
>snooping around the edges of one of the largest drug smuggling 
>operations in world history. A drug operation which has left many 
>witnesses dead. There is a very real danger in the "twilight zone" on 
>Fort Peck Reservation. These three individuals need your support. 
>Florence Youpee
>Poplar, Montana
>(406) 768-3992
>Melissa G. Buckles
>Wolf Point, Montana
>(406) 653-1614
>Arnie Hove
>Hove and Associates
>(406) 485-2952
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