Mohawk Ex-Chief in Pot Bust

In upstate NY around Schroon Lake a former chief o the St. Regis Mohawk tribe has been indicted on federal drug charges of marijuana.  This came right after Border Patrol agents say he was caught transporting nearly 100 pounds of marijuana.

Philip Tarbell of Hogansburg was in a minivan when he was stopped by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint near Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks.  Federal officials say they found about 95 pounds of marijuana in two hockey bags.  Tarbell, 68, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  He was released after posting $10,000 bail.

At St. Regis Mohawk Reservation Tarbell was a former tribal government leader on the Canadian border.  The real issue is that he was arrested for a non-violent crime and Border Patrol wasted their time in arresting this man.  While they were wasting their time with this, people crossing the border illegal probably was going on.

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