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Officials: 16 accused of dealing meth on Navajo Nation

There are 47 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Apr 23, 2010, titled Officials: 16 accused of dealing meth on Navajo Nation. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Nearly two dozen people have been charged with dealing methamphetamine on and around the Navajo Nation, a distribution network that authorities said is unparalleled on the reservation.

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Surprise Surprise

United States

#2 Apr 23, 2010
Dig deeper DT, print names and locations.

Chandler, AZ

#3 Apr 23, 2010
Rez laws, Feds?State? all they have no no ..they will go scot free,...maybe 3.5 yrs. for 1st time offenders,,heh..

Fontana, CA

#4 Apr 23, 2010
O Blaarrgghghg wrote:
Thought alcohol was bad enough? Prepare for the extinction of the Navajo
our navajo(dine')people are here to stay,as long as we have a reservation.for what ever REASON you have stated on your comment,look at yourself before you make premature statements.
old white boy

United States

#5 Apr 23, 2010
Good job coppers, Meth is the devil, it has no boundaries.
Hope for Navajo

Salt Lake City, UT

#6 Apr 23, 2010
More power to you Hope for taking on this pandemic sickness. Education will help. Educate the young ones about these things and they won't wonder and try it to see. Of course, there will be those who will try it and not like it, and then those who will get hooked. Here are a couple of links. Read about these things and Know Meth means No Meth. Keep up the fight and limit this disgusting scurge of the earth.
Photo Opportunity

Aztec, NM

#7 Apr 23, 2010
For the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona to say this is the first time there has been a connection to the Mexican Cartel or "key links" to supplying meth to the rez is ludicrious. They come out with the same old tired news every couple of years that they have completed an unprecedented stop of meth on the rez and then the goofs get a couple of years, if that, in jail.

But the news flash helps the U.S. Attorney's office satisfy the demand to get their name in the paper. Big deal.
whammer jammer

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Apr 23, 2010
National attention, education of the public, arrests. Positive. Well done.
Not surprised

Chinle, AZ

#9 Apr 23, 2010
This doesn't surprise me, actually it's about time. Remember the old lady and her daughter and grandaughter that were selling drugs. It had to take outside agengies to do something, the local police just turn the other way and are only content to write traffic tickets.

Liberty Lake, WA

#10 Apr 23, 2010
Outstanding!!! Long and hard work has paid off with arrests, less drugs for a while, deters drug traffik, and a message has been sent out, no toleration! Great work for all LEA and the leaders at each level. To stop drug trafficking, we need to have all agencies working TOGETHER, all aimed towards the same GOAL, arrests and accountability. This is a great step forward, for once, for all of our futures. I pray each one who sees this gets inspired and will do the same. Any jail time is a start, the accumulated offenses are what lead to criminal records and reviewed when terms are being caluclated. Drugs have killed enough of our people, destroyed enough families, and only a few have made big bucks off from it. Even the runners many times end up paying the ultimate price/sacrifice, while the big wheels are still free and getting rich. Enough is enough. Hats of to each of you who worked and go this done, its just a beginning, don't stop!

Glendale, AZ

#11 Apr 23, 2010
In a country that is the melting pot for many cultures, it is hard to interact with all of them. Tony Hillerman educates readers about one culture, the Navajos, through his novel, The Ghostway. After a shooting happens in the quiet Indian reservation, a Navajo police Jim Chee, officer overcomes many obstacles physically, mentally, and spiritually to sort the case out and protect a young girl. He is constantly struggling with his identity, whether or not he should continue living his life as a Navajo or cross over to mainstream "white" life. Although the book's main plot is about a murder and police investigations, a theme that the book is always making references about is cultural differences and how these mere differences can make things rough on people's lives. The Navajo culture is contains a lot of symbolism, filled with many beliefs, rituals, and traditions that are excluded only to Navajos which makes their interactions with the outside difficult. After a death in a Hogan, the Hogan has to be setup in a way to protect the ghost.

When Jim Chee first went down to the Hogan he noticed what had happened, " He could think of just one reason to block a Hogan's smoke hole."(18)The Navajo tradition is very spiritual and believes in spirits of the dead, they prepare the Hogan in a way so the spirit can do no harm to anyone so the block the smoke to keep the spirit inside. Since he was raised not to enter a dead Hogan it stopped him from really doing his job and investigate the scene. This shows how the Navajos beliefs are so different and philosophical compared to way of life in the city. When Chee is eating at a diner in the city of L.A. he finds it intriguing that it is difficult to figure out the ethnic identity of the waitress, " On the big reservation, where people were scarce and scattered, one tended to lump them into categories." (146) Chee compares how the people from where he is from are not stuck into categories but are all the same.
puss gut

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Apr 23, 2010
I can't believe they have meth on the Rez.
true navajo

Washington, DC

#13 Apr 23, 2010
What ever happen to Peyote! Not strong enough I guess.
Chief Bowels

Tuba City, AZ

#14 Apr 24, 2010
... 100,000 meth dealers on the rez,100,000 meth
dealers in all,take 16 down 99,984 meth dealers left on the rez!!!LOL

United States

#15 Apr 24, 2010
Chief Bowels wrote:
... 100,000 meth dealers on the rez,100,000 meth
dealers in all,take 16 down 99,984 meth dealers left on the rez!!!LOL
Why didn't you arrest them or shoot em, while you were counting them?

Steamboat Springs, CO

#16 Apr 24, 2010
Mutunus wrote:
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Why didn't you arrest them or shoot em, while you were counting them?
Come on Dumbnuts, it's Job Security, in this day and age. There will ALWAYS be 16 or so to snap up anytime we need to, or want to for that matter. Every one we capture 'sings' on everyone he or she knows trust me, and,....we keep our 'list' and get them when we want them....God bless meth - I have a job for life!
gimmee a break

United States

#17 Apr 24, 2010
The Dine are not going anywhere....I believe it's whitey that is now the minority....whitey is the one who should be worried....

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Apr 24, 2010

This stuff is way worse than booze.

United States

#19 Apr 24, 2010
Thank you to the law enforcement who worked hard to catch these losers.

I am happy to hear there is progress with catching METH dealers on the rez.

It is bad and I have seen a lot of great people get sucked into the drug.

Keep up the hard work and God Bless!
no way

Rio Rancho, NM

#20 Apr 24, 2010
and they want gov. assistance.
lived everywhere

Rhodesdale, MD

#21 Apr 24, 2010
this is the last step,it went from big city,to rural,to now the most rural,the rez...we must teach our children,period.then it may stop.that goes for not just meth,but for the things that are out of control nowadays,abuse,violence,ect. you know,the things we humans should know when we are little kids.

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