Gene Tatum Fort Peck Reservations Twilight Zone

Breaking New October 21, 1997

Fort Peck Reservation's Twilight Zone

By Chip Tatum

October 21, 1997

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 originating from a group of corrupt FBI agents including Florida FBI agent Terry Nelson, and a number of Colombian drug cartels.

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 Huxtable.

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 ignore 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 corruption.

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

Gene Tatum was a personal friend of mine he and I did many radio show together in 1996-1997 as co-guests.

Bush Shadow Government Player CIA-NSA Gene Chip Tatum and the Denver Connections Stew Webb’s ex-in-law Leonard Millman.

Gary Webb's serious of articles the Dark Alliance in the San Jose Mercury Press was a result of Gene Tatum’s exposure of George H. W. Bush' CIA Narcotics Smuggling.

I, Stew Webb released the Short Version below of the Cutolo Affidavit in 1993 after being given both the 90 page long version and the short version in August 1993 by my Friend Bill McCoy DOD-CIA-Private Investigator (Murdered in 1997)

The reason the Long Version has not been released is to protect those named in it who are still alive.

Stew Webb Video 1993 Corruption in High Place describing the Cutolo Affidavit.

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