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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Wildfire or Wild Claims?

WASHINGTON - Federal officials announced Tuesday they had completed the first nationally coordinated law enforcement operation aimed at fighting the growing use of methamphetamine.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Drug Enforcement Administration chief Karen Tandy said more than 200 cities took part in "Operation Wildfire," which resulted in the arrest of 427 people and the finding of 30 children in danger because they were in meth labs that were raided.

Pete at Drug War Rant says something is fishy about Operation Wildfire.

Some local law enforcement officers are also sceptical but for different reasons.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

But Cpl. Jason Grellner, commander of the Franklin County Drug Task Force and eastern district director for the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association, said he knew nothing about the operation and questioned whether the government was combining routine work and citing it as a coordinated effort.

"When they take something and give it a name, it's usually the result of multiple wiretapping and a long-term in-depth investigation," Grellner said. "If there was an investigation going on through the federal government, we were unaware of it."


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