The EPA Is Now Part Of The War On Drugs

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A large-scale Federal investigation that resulted in the arrest and sentencing of two men for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency may now be largely involved in the United States’ war on drugs.

Federal law gives the EPA the power to investigate and prosecute “criminal conduct that threatens people’s health,” according to the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division section of its website.

The environmental agency evidently played a major role in a Federal investigation spanning from California to Idaho, Montana and South Dakota that led to the arrest of Tomas Alvarado and Eliseo Lopez Martinez, who were each sentenced for conspiracy to possess and distribute controlled substances including cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.


This investigation was a part of Project Safe Bakken, which is a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); the U.S. Border Patrol; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division (EPA-CID); the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation (MDCI); the Montana Highway Patrol; the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI); the Billings Police Department; the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office; and the Idaho State Police.

Federal law enforcement agencies have billed Project Safe Bakken as a mission to aid law enforcement in dealing with an increase in crime associated with a major influx of workers on the Bakken Shale deposit, which occupies a 200,000 square mile area underlying parts of Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

A U.S. Attorney’s office official told Breitbart that the EPA was involved in the Bakken investigation, but provided few details.

“Yes the EPA is part of Operation Safe Bakken and that’s why they were credited in the press release we sent out.” The official said, adding, “This doesn’t necessarily mean they were part of this specific investigation, just that they are part of Operation Safe Bakken, and that operation led to this investigation.

But based on comments made U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter (which include no mention of an environmental component) at a recent press conference on the operation, the EPA’s involvement at any capacity would hint at the agency’s direct involvement in drug trafficking investigations.

“The long-term project’s purpose is to detect, disrupt, and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and criminal enterprises that are operating in the Bakken region of Montana and North Dakota,” he said.

Furthermore, an EPA official confirmed the agency’s “limited” involvement in the narcotics investigation.

H/T: Breitbart 


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  • peter

    There are many things that remain unknown about the so called war on drugs. The drug lords are the scapegoats for the real receivers of all that cash, and wouldn’t we be surprised to find out who is involved, who actually controls the industry and who benefits the most? Very interesting indeed. Things are not always as the seem to be but we are getting used to that now. Nothing comes as a surprise anymore. We have become conditioned and it is getting worse, as evidenced by our lack of interest in the real goings on in the world. We seem to have given our leaders an open mandate to do as they wish ensuring them that they are not accountable, beyond reproach and adored as only icons can be.

  • Mad Marvin MooseMan

    And nowadays, the EPA & many of the alphabet soup fed bureaucracies have their own armed troops to enforce the massive amount of laws & regulations & codes we are drowning in!!! Strange days indeed!

    • Daniel F. Melton

      “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” Publius

      “Won’t he smile in welcome at anyone he meets, saying that he’s no tyrant, making all sorts of promises both in public and in private, freeing the people from debt, redistributing land to them, his followers, and pretending to be gracious and gentle to all?”
      However after a series of unpopular actions, including stirring up a war, the leader begins to alienate some of his most ardent advisers who begin to voice their misgivings in private. Following a purge of these advisors the tyrant attracts some of the worst elements of the state to help him rule.
      As the citizens grow weary of his tenure the tyrant chooses to attract foreigners to resupply his dwindling bodyguards. The citizens finally decide they’ve had enough and begin to discuss rebellion.
      At this point in the story the student asks his teacher incredulously: “What do you mean? Will the tyrant dare to use violence against [the people] imprison or to hit [them] if [they] don’t obey?
      The teacher answers, “Yes – once he’s taken away [the people’s] weapons.”
      The name of book 8 in the 10 book series from Plato Is THE REPUBLIC

      • Mad Marvin MooseMan

        Things have not changed much in centuries!! & many of the experts & pundits on the left & right cannot even see this darkness about us Thanks for this!

        • FreedomTrainUSA

          Most of them do not want to see it…It does not fit into their AGENDA TO STAY IN POWER…

        • Daniel F. Melton

          They won’t admit to seeing it because both sides are involved up to their eyeballs.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      These armed agencies are part of the “Little Boy Dictator’s” Private Army of SS Squads to defend himself and the rest of the Criminals in the DC Cesspool..

    • Robert Messmer

      It is amazing that only two (2) people were involved in what was the target…” dismantle drug trafficking organizations and criminal enterprises”. Those two must be fantastic criminals to justify 14 different law enforcement groups spending no telling how much time and taxpayer’s money. Lawyer should be able to get them off pretty easily—they were “profiled” because of their Latino names.

  • Daniel F. Melton

    It seems that there are no seperate federal law enforcement agencies now, only the massive and unaccountable “fedgov” national police.
    Are the people who sign up for obamacare aware how many agencies from the irs to tsa and fbi will have unfettered access to their “private” information without a court subpoena or warrant being necessary? There are stories of TEA party activists being malaciously hassled by tsa agents, when the only agency that might know of their activism woould be the irs. Another thing: don’t discount the fact that the federal government information security has more holes than a colander. What you “give” to the federal government will land in the hands of a hacker, somewhere.


    next thing you know they will have the mattress police in on drug busts and raids and have the TSA pulling people over on the road!

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      The TSA is already doing this in some places

  • TML

    The War on Drugs itself is the problem, just like Alcohol prohibition. But I don’t see where the fuss is concerning the EPA involvement.

    “…an EPA official confirmed the agency’s “limited” involvement in the narcotics investigation.”

    “…each sentenced for conspiracy to possess and distribute controlled substances including cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.”

    “But based on comments made U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter (which include
    no mention of an environmental component) at a recent press conference
    on the operation…”

    The environmental component would be the very harmful unregulated and clandestine waste disposal of producing these drugs.

  • Motov

    What bothers me is why is it ok for a President to trivialize his usage of pot, while 1 in six people are in jail for smoking pot? It is as if they are saying “do as we say and not as we do” double standard.
    End prohibition, It is stupid to take productive people, turn them into “criminals” just because they want to smoke some weed. We allow alcohol, and cigarettes, which is worse.
    For me if I use it, It will cut my pharmacy drugs I take daily in half. It also does wonders to the side effects I have to deal with too.