and northern New Mexico, USA
Senate Drug Hearing
Espanola, New Mexico
March 30, 1999
The United States Senate Drug Hearing Espanola, New Mexico,
March 30, 1999
Originally published April 1999
Espanola, NM - The United States Senate, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary, held a hearing on Tuesday, about the problem of hard drugs in a three county wide area of Northern New Mexico. United States Senator Judd Gregg, chairman of the Committee, hosted the hearing. The hearing was moderated by Senator Pete Domenici.
The hearing featured four different panels, ranging from Federal strategies to Community Concern. Noticeably absent, was a panel and testimony made up of individuals from the area. All of the panels giving testimony, represented either official government interests, or concerns that favored special interest/business groups in the area. At the heaviest point of the hearing, approximately 150 people from the Northern New Mexico area were in attendance.
Many people that showed up at the hearing were there to give, what they thought, would be official Senate testimony about the problem of hard drugs in Northern New Mexico. Apparently, many of these individuals had been assured that at the very least, their written testimonies would be entered into the Congressional Record as a matter of their testimony about area drug problems. Disappointment soon filled the air of the hearings, when those who were there to give testimony were denied that right to do so. See the related web site and article for further information.
Darren White, Secretary, New Mexico Department of Public Safety had some very upbeat news to present. The crime rate in Chimayo, New Mexico, has dropped 65% since some of the area residents started becoming more involved in the process of cleaning up their community.
According to some comments made by Captain McShan, Commander of the area's New Mexico State Police district, some of the most noticeable drop in crime in the Chimayo area has occurred since the time that the Chimayo couple's flyer and Drug Buster's campaign was started. Captain McShan said that not only that, more and more people from other areas in northern New Mexico were starting to call in and report criminal activity in their areas.
Another high note of the meeting was reached when Senator Domenici announced, that the U.S. Senate had recently passed the 1999 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill. If passed by the House, and signed into law by the President, the bill will designate the northern New Mexico counties of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and San Juan, as part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program of the U.S. Department of Justice. The bill will also make available $750,000 in emergency funding to implement the HIDTA program in the three northern New Mexico counties most seriously effected by the problem of hard drugs and the crime that it has brought to the area.
Also addressed at the hearing, were the issues of rehabilitation, education, and treatment. Apparently it is in this area of dealing with the hard drug problem, where most of the money by Congress is spent. The conversation was brisk and typical Senate money talk.
Another bright note of the hearing was the proposal and conversation for getting some more money for dealing with the social life and structure of the youth, such as building and establishing some Boy's and Girl's Club's in the area's where hard drugs are hitting the hardest. After 40 years of watching the youth programs get shoved aside for other more important adult stuff, it was nice to see that the youth were more than ever, entering into the formula as a positive step towards solving the hard drug problem in the United States.
There were other high points of the hearing. S. S. Mukta Kaur Khalsa, was given a short time to do a presentation, but came through with a well done presentation on an alternative and positive drug program. The 3HO Foundation from Espanola, New Mexico, presented a wonderful alternative drug treatment and rehabilitation program, that could be used for the northern New Mexico area. For several years, the 3HO Foundation has been operating a "drugless" drug treatment and rehabilitation program in the Tucson, Arizona area, and having a great deal of success with their operation. Besides being successful, the 3HO program is a well centered and innovative program, that seeks to put the mind and body back into a state of harmony and balance. Probably the hardest problem to finding a successful solution to the treatment of hard drug addiction, is finding a way to get the mind and body back into a state of balance and harmony. The 3HO drug treatment and rehabilitation program strives at the highest levels to reach and attain those goals.
About the only thing left now is to see how well things will start coming together, or whether it was again, just another Federal pacification of the people in this area. Time will tell the whole story, and as that story starts to unfold, F.A.C.T.S. will be there to present that story.
It finally looks like this time around, the drug dealers and their Mexican Mafia counterparts in northern New Mexico, are in for some serious law enforcement and court problems. There are forces at work this time, that in the past have not been there. What are those forces? They are the people working together for the peace and good order of their communities and streets, and that spells big trouble in northern New Mexico, and elsewhere, for those that want to deal hard drugs.
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