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Feds Call Meeting with Journalist Who Reported Human Remains and Cartel Weapon Build up with U.S. Ties

Salem-News.com's Tosh Plumlee, a former CIA contract pilot, believes he may have opened a door to an international weapons smuggling operation.

Photo by Tosh Plumlee of suspect human remains sticking out of the ground in Luna County, very close to Mexico.  After reporting this site, the bones disappeared without a trace.
Photo by Tosh Plumlee of suspect human remains sticking out of the ground in Luna County, very close to Mexico. After reporting this site, the bones disappeared without a trace.

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) - Earlier this week we told you about serious developments in the cartel border wars that involve American forces operating in Mexico. The article presented information concerning smuggling operations to various criminal organizations operating in northern Mexico. This operation appears to be directly associated with the U.S. government's -- little known--weapons sales program to foreign governments. This program is known as the Direct Commercial Sales Program (DCS).

Robert 'Tosh' Plumlee in 2011.

Our Photojournalist, Robert 'Tosh' Plumlee, has been carefully documenting evidence that while not conclusive, demonstrates that a massive cover up is taking place to shield an international weapons sales program. Although this is not conclusive, a preponderance, of evidence accumulated over a three year investigation, strongly indicates international arms merchants are working the borders of northern Mexico.

Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., at a Border Patrol office used for interrogations in Las Cruces, N.M., Mr. Plumlee will sit down with Border Patrol Intelligence personnel from each of the area sectors for what he assumes will be, a debriefing-- If this is indeed what takes place. Mr. Plumlee intends to share information with the Border Patrol intelligence unit concerning details obtained from a three-year independent investigation into corruption and gun running along New Mexico's southern border.

This meeting is for the sole purpose of aiding Border Patrol's intelligence network on background information concerning an ongoing gun running operations through their jurisdictions. This information is being freely given by Mr. Plumlee, for the sole purpose of assimilating the data and forwarding it to the various agencies for proper investigation.

Recent joint-military raid. Photo by Tosh Plumlee.

If this is not what takes place, then there are only a couple of possibilities. That is why it is important that this event is documented before it takes place. Surely those who may have ill motives know that Tosh's information is in several locations, not one or two. Of course we are familiar with the meeting location in Las Cruces.

Mr. Plumlee spent his life in service of the U.S. government as a deep cover CIA asset. His primary role as a commercial pilot involved the shipments of weapons and drugs in what became known as, the infamous, 'Iran-Contra Affair', of the mid eighties.

For decades, the U.S. government was involved in funding and often launching and participating, in revolutions and overthrows of Latin American governments that were not considered to be in the best interests of United States foreign policy.

Somehow, this country shifted policy from excessive force and political control south of its border, to facilitating the most dangerous drug cartels in Mexico's history, right on the doorstep of the United States of America.

Tosh has been in the area reading the warning signs and accompanying the joint-military team for three years, ever since a U.S. military officer from Fort Bliss, Texas, who is part of a sanctioned undercover operation, contacted Tosh saying they were concerned that their operations inside Mexico were being compromised by elements, he believed, from the U.S. federal government operating out of Washington D.C. The officer, a full bird colonel and a long time friend of Plumlee's, asked for his help in getting various aspects of the operation's existence into the public domain. This officer wanted the public to know what they were doing, or trying to do, with the help of dedicated Mexican Marines who Tosh says are professionals with a low level of corruption, unlike elements of the Mexican Army, where corruption is not always, but can be rampant.

Tosh has accompanied this team across the border on several occasions, and he was in the company of these American soldiers--while they were working, covertly, in a civilian capacity with the Mexican authorities inside Mexico, tracking down large weapons stockpiled in the Juarez area. The timeframe for these operations spanned from 2009 through this year.

Still, in spite of his three years working in the area, conducting research and taking pictures, reporting his findings to proper authorities, and contributing to Salem-News.com and Narco News, he was advised recently that the State Department had sent out a memo to various federal agencies that they wanted Mr. Plumlee arrested if he crossed the border again without clearing through an official border checkpoint. (a ridiculous request in view of the nature of the Intel information which could be gathered and documented and perhaps used in our National Defense policies)

One of several sites used for body dumping; three were found here.
Photo by Tosh Plumlee.

The Border Patrol agents who reluctantly advised Mr. Plumlee of this development on 15 June 2011, did so at the border fence-- near a place known as El Rancho Escondido, located a few hundred yards inside Mexico. Tosh had been asked, by his friend the colonel, to accompany the Mexican military on a raid on the Escondido Ranch, said by the Mexican authorities to be vacant and abandoned.

Some members of law enforcement, and the local Border Patrol, have stated for years that they felt illegal activity was taking place at this ranch, but none were never able to get solid information regarding these alleged illegal operations. The local people from Columbus, New Mexico, and Palomas, Mexico, also felt that illegal activity was being conducted at the ranch by elements of the Los Zetas Cartel and in some cases, these suspicions were reported to local law enforcement in Columbus, New Mexico and to the Mexican Army in Palomas, Mexico.

On 15 June, Mr. Plumlee was going to attempt to place tracking devices on two trucks, allegedly being used to move weapons from the ranch to another area controlled by the Los Zetas. This would then allow the joint Task Force and Mexican Marines to follow the cartel vehicle's movement as they left the ranch.

The U.S. government's arrest threat prevented Tosh from being able to do this, and he says his military contact in Mexico was extremely upset. So without that added level of tracking, and Tosh being frozen in place by the actions of the State Department, the U.S. Army Colonel decided to have the Mexican army and Marines launch an airborne raid on the ranch, which they did.

Here is where it gets interesting. Tosh told the Border Patrol agents about the operation, and as it turns out, five Border Patrol agents and their trucks were sent out to be a visible presence on the border road. Drivers of the trucks suspected to be en route to deliver the U.S. weapons, reportedly saw the Border Patrol agents, and instead of continuing to the suspected drop off destination, turned around and aborted their mission.

Photo by Tosh Plumlee, previously published by Narco News

The JOINT TASK FORCE, Mexican Marines raided the ranch, as the Americans monitored the operation from Palomas Mexico--and Tosh could only watch, with the Border Patrol, from the U.S. side of the border, at the fence mile mark #20.

Any further activity instigated by Tosh in an attempt to record and photo the actual raid on Mexican soil was stopped by the threat of arrest by Federal agents. Of course the weapons delivery had been thwarted.

He did take a number of clear pictures of the Blackhawk helicopter orbiting over the ranch as Mexican attack teams moved in; a water tower in the area verifies the location, as well as pictures taken at the border fence. Like in so many cases, the photos were time/date stamp which proves they were taken at the described time.

It was about this time that Tosh learned from Task Force members that a request from Washington had been received asking that any future field reports about alleged dead bodies, or buried weapons being found on the U.S. side of the border, be toned down in style.

The information as presented was not the type of information they wanted to hear. They wanted reports that were, "more in line with administrative policy". ".... We don't want Mexico any more upset than they already are".

Bodies and Weapons in the Desert

President Felipe de Jesús Calderón

So instead, from the way it appears, the U.S. was choosing to withhold information from Mexican President Felipe de Jesús Calderón about these very serious problems.

We know from Tosh's account and many others, that there are in fact large stores of U.S. weapons that are the latest types, including grenades, rocket launchers, mortars and anti-aircraft weapons, in strategic storage locations in Mexico.

The meeting Tosh is asked to attend with federal officials Friday initially involved the State Department, Department of Justice and the Border Patrol Intelligence agents from the different sectors. Now Tosh is told the State Dept. and the DOJ will not attend.

There are many bizarre events taking place simultaenously that cause Tosh and other journalists following the cartel wars to believe there is a repeat pattern at play. It isn't good. The more Plumlee learns about weapons smuggling and existing supplies of arms already in Mexico, the more Tosh believes he is beginning to see the fingerprints of a ' secret CIA' mission -- a CIA black ops - it would make sense, knowing the CIA's past track record, that a major smuggling operation would be the design of this federal agency. Friday will be a very interesting day for Tosh and the rest of the nation.

In our earlier report, we revealed how Tosh has been witness to huge stashes of weapons under cartel control. Along with the weapon supplies are knock off (Fake) Mexican army uniforms.

A few other things we know:

  • We know about the recently exposed ATF Fast and Furious program; a weapons smuggling operation; where one of the guns on their list was traced to the murder of a Border Patrol agent in a nighttime desert shootout.
  • Through inside sources and in part through Tosh's own background, we know tens of thousands of weapons shipped to Central and South America for previous U.S. funded operations like the Contras in Nicaragua, were refurbished at the China Lake Naval Facility and then transported to Central America where today they have found their way into the hands of the Los Zetas, a violent drug cartel operating in northern Mexico.
  • Obama initially said he didn't authorize the ATF's 'Operation Fast and Furious', adding that Eric Holder didn't either. In yesterday's press conference, only only one reporter asked Obama about this significant event. He gave the question roughly thirty seconds, and spent two and a half minutes on immigration reform.
  • Tosh says a large government grant, several hundred thousand dollars; was authorized for the civilian purchases for law enforcement of military style bullet proof vests, night vision goggles, and other equipment was immediately handed over to the Zeta cartel. We understand this equipment may have passed unimpeded through Columbus, New Mexico.
  • We know there are a number of obvious sets of human remains on both sides of the border that Tosh has located, documented with photos and a GPS; and turned over to authorities. In some cases officials respond to investigate and recover the remains, in other cases they do not.
  • We know that a massive NAFTA project called the Columbus/Palomas bypass, will see stage two begin next month and this will perhaps destroy, other alleged narco grave sites. It is clear that this phase two project must not be allowed to continue until recoveries of alleged bodies, if any, are found. It is the opinion of Mr. Plumlee that this site should be designated as a crime scene.
  • It is obvious that the remains are possibly those of narco violence and some are of people trying or planning to enter the U.S. without legal clearance. However nobody knows who any of the alleged remains may belong to if authorities fail to recover and investigate the sites.
  • Families of the missing; people like Oregon's Kyron Horman, and other unaccounted for people could have ended up dead near the border, particularly if they were abducted for the human/sex/slave trade which is a part of the scenario here. It is shameful that proper action is not taken.
  • We know that Tosh has been trying to raise awareness and bring justice to a place that is crucial and central to everything currently developing, and that Pancho Villa's old haunt, Columbus, New Mexico, has a legacy of violence and bloodshed that endures today.

The Columbus 11

The Columbus city officials who are suspects in the weapons smuggling ring known as the 'Columbus 11', include the one suspect still at large, the city's mayor, police chief, and village trustee; shown on the right. Those arrested and charged include two city councilors and several others. Among them was the gun shop owner who allegedly facilitated the process.

Ignacio Villalobos            Eddie Espinoza                 Angelo Vega            Blas Gutierrez



Columbus Police Chief Angelo Vega
Mayor Eddie Espinoza
Blas Gutierrez, village trustee
Ignacio Villalobos, 24, of Columbus
Ian Garland, 50, of Chaparral, N.M.
Alberto Rivera, 40, of Columbus
Miguel Carrillo, 30, of Columbus
Ricardo Gutierrez, 25, of Columbus
Manuel Ortega, 25, of Palomas, Mexico
Vicente Carreon, 26, of Columbus
Eva Lucie Gutierrez, 21, of Las Cruces.

According to the indictment: between January 2010 and March 2011, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to purchase firearms for illegal export to Mexico. Over a 14-month period, the indictment states, the defendants purchased approximately 200 firearms from Chaparral Guns, which was owned and operated by defendant Ian Garland.

The weapons purchased are the type favored by the Mexican cartels according to reports. They include a number of AK-47 variants, as well as tactical 9 mm pistols manufactured in the U.S. It is alleged in the indictment that defendants obtained firearms from Chaparral Guns through false claims of actually purchasing the firearms, when in reality they were filling the role of “straw purchasers': who buy the firearms on behalf of others.

ATF agents later complained over their frustration at having to simply monitor and do nothing as the gun sales took place. There is no doubt that each single weapon sent through the bizarre U.S. program to Mexican cartels will be used to claim lives. In this case one of the lives was Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, a former U.S. Marine who was attached to a special highly trained element of the Border Patrol. He was a front line fighter all the way but surely never believed he would die from a gun his own country funneled to the narco and weapon smuggler cartel.

President Obama made comments in March that suggested he was concerned, then denied any possible knowledge of the operation during an interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos, instead discussing about how "big the government is", suggesting that he is unaware of very serious operations like this one, that facilitated the delivery of hundreds of weapons to violent cartel members. He clearly denied having authorized the operation and he said the same of the Attorney General.

Ramos: "Did you authorize this operation and was President Phillipe Calderon properly notified about it?"

Obama: "Well first of all I did not authorize it, Eric Holder, the Attorney General, did not authorize it. He's been very clear that our policy is to catch gun runners and put them in jail, so what he's done is assigned an IG, an inspector general, to investigate what exactly happened here". Ramos: "Who authorized it?" Well we don't have all the facts, that's why the... uh, IG is in business..."

Ramos: "You were not even informed about it?"

Obama: "Absolutely not, it is a big government, a lot of moving parts, but I want to be very clear, I spoke to Pres. Calderon when he came to visit just a few weeks ago; our policy is to ramp up the interdiction of guns flowing south because that has contributed to some of the security problems that are taking place in Mexico and what we are trying to do is build the kind of cooperation between Mexico and the United States that we haven't seen before - that assures that we have a comprehensive approach. I've said to Pres. Calderon and I've said publicly we've got obligations, it isn't just Mexico's problem, it's our problem. We've got to reduce demand for drugs which is why, even though we've got significant deficits, we're allocating $10 billion dollars in our budget to try to reduce demand through prevention programs and education programs. We have to make sure we're enforcing... uh, the kinds of uh... measures that will stop the flow of guns and cash down south that is happening to fuel these grand national drug cartels. So we initiated excellent cooperation, there may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made. In that case then we'll find out and we'll find somebody responsible".

Ramos: "Mexico was not informed then?"

Obama: "Well, if I wasn't informed, then I assure that Mexico was not informed either".

Obama on "gunwalking" - "Serious mistakes" may have been made - CBS News

In May, Eric Holder was questioned by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa about what has become known as the "gunwalker" controversy, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is said to have allowed U.S. gun sales to criminals in Mexico.

Federal agents have testified that they could only watch as hundreds of guns were purchased, then illegally resold and transported to Mexico where drug-related violence has claimed thousands of lives in recent years.

ATF agents in Arizona told the House of Representatives Oversight Committee they were instructed not to make any arrests of the so-called straw buyers, but to keep with the plan to discover where the guns went.

Outrage was expressed by both Republicans and Democrats on the panel over "Operation Fast and Furious". They demanded answers from the Obama administration about why arrests were secondary to tracking the firearms, but received little information in return.

Taking a very direct, if not adversarial approach, Issa questioned Holder about how and why this was ever allowed to happen, and Holder replied that the operation was part of a bigger scheme.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa grills Attorney General Eric Holder over Failure and tragedy of 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Issa: "When did you first know about the program, Fast and the Furious? To the best of your knowledge what date?"

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Holder: "I'm not sure of the exact date but I probably heard of Fast and Furious the first time in the last few weeks."

Issa: "How about the head of the Criminal Dept. Lanny Brewer, did he authorize it?"

Holder: "I'm not sure whether or not Mr. Brewer authorized it, you have to understand in which the department operations, although there are operations this one has gotten a great deal of publicity".

Issa: "Yeah there are dead Americans as a result of this failed and reckless program. so I would say that it hasn't gotten enough attention, has it Mr. Attorney General?"

Holder: "Not exactly, there is an investigation that is underway You'll have to look at that to see what exactly in regard to..."

Issa: "But Mr. Attorney General..."

Holder: "...I take very seriously, the allegation..."

Issa: "Mr. Attorney General, do you take seriously... Mr. Attorney General, do you take, take seriously a subpoena signed by the Clerk of the House?"

Holder: "Of course".

Issa: "Mr. Attorney General, isn't it true that those cases that will go to trial in June... We have very limited time, sorry, those cases are basically a bunch of meth addicts who did the buying, that you do not have what this program was supposed to produce, you don't have the kingpins, you don't have the places it went, what you have are the people you already had on videotape many, many months before indictments were brought, isn't this true?"

Holder: "There are cases that are important that we are tying to bring that we want to try successfully and they are part of a scheme they are part of a scheme. You can't look at an individual case as an individual matter and think it's unimportant because small cases lead to larger ones."

Issa: "We're looking at you, straw purchasers, we're looking at you, and you're key people who knew or should have known about this, and whether or not your judgment was consistent with good practices and whether or not, instead, the Justice Dept. is basically guilty of allowing weapons to kill Americans and Mexicans. So will you agree to cooperate with that investigation both on the House and Senate side?"

Holder: "We'll certainly cooperate with all of the investigations but I take great exception to what you just said; the notion that somehow or another, this Justice Dept. is responsible for those deaths that you mentioned, uh... that assertion's offensive. and I want to tell you that..."

Issa: "What if it's accurate?"

Holder: "...it is the policy of the Justice Dept. to make sure that we do all that we can to protect law enforcement agents, it is one of the reasons we have tried to look at a whole variety of methods and techniques we can use to protect the lives of law enforcement agents, it is something this country is not focused enough on."

Issa: "What am I gonna tell Agent Terry's mother about how he died at the end of a gun that was videotaped as it was sold to a straw purchaser fully intending and expecting it to end up in the hands of drug cartels?"

Holder: "Well, one; you know we'll have to see exactly what happened with regards to the guns that are at issue there. And... (pause) I've attended funerals you know. it's something that, you know it isn't theoretical, this is not political, it is extremely real for me as Attorney General..."

Issa: "It is for us too".

AG Holder grilled on ATF "gunwalker" controversy - CBS News

Then yesterday, 29 June 2011, at the regular White House press conference, President Obama seriously skirted the subject that was only brought up once, and by a Mexican reporter at that - no reporters from the U.S. so much as asked about the operation:

White House Press Conference 29 June 2011; Obama and Media Have Little Input or Interest in 'Fast and Furious'

Antonieta Cádiz? There you are.

Q Thank you very much, Mr. President. First, if you receive a mandatory E-verify bill only without legalization, are you planning to veto that deal?

And second, on Fast and Furious, members of Congress and the government of Mexico are still waiting for answers. Are you planning to replace ATF leadership? And when can we expect the results of the current investigation?

THE PRESIDENT: On the second question, as you know, my attorney general has made clear that he certainly would not have ordered gun running to be able to pass through into Mexico. The investigation is still pending. I’m not going to comment on a current investigation. I’ve made very clear my views that that would not be an appropriate step by the ATF, and we got to find out how that happened. As soon as the investigation is completed, I think appropriate actions will be taken.

With respect to E-verify, we need comprehensive immigration reform...

You can follow the link to see the entire press conference, and you should take note of how long the President continues to talk about immigration reform before finally allowing another question, which is not noted, apparently inaudible, but clearly a continuation of the same curiosity; about the Fast and Furious operation.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t have an answer as to whether the investigation is completed yet, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on the investigation if I don’t -- if it’s not yet completed.

Jessica Yellin. Congratulations, your first question here.

Q Thank you, Mr. President.

June 29, 2011 - Press Conference by the President East Room

However this apparent disregard of interest in the weapons smuggling case by the president was far from unnoticed. This statement was released by Congressman Issa after yesterday's press conference:

Chairman Darrell Issa reacts with disappointment to Obama's White House Press Conference yesterday, 29 June 2011; re: 'Fast and Furious'

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa released the following statement on President Obama's comments at his press conference today on Operation Fast and Furious:

"President Obama's remarks today on Operation Fast and Furious were disappointing. He expressed no urgency to provide answers or explain why no one at the Justice Department, six months after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's murder, has accepted responsibility for authorizing an illegal gunwalking operation. The American people expect more from the President than unsubstantiated assertions that the Attorney General didn't know about this reckless program and no explanation about who authorized it."

Issa Statement on the President's Operation Fast and Furious Remarks - Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Getting Away With Murder?

Agent Brian Terry was cut down in his prime.

Needless to say, the tragic loss of Agent Brian Terry attaches both a human face and a level of grave consequence to this story of apparent federal and international deception.

As Congressman Darrell Issa cited, the only arrests that occurred as a result of this costly and deadly operation were the Columbus 11.

In spite of the severity of the allegations; weapon smuggling that led to the death of Agent Terry, and more, there is information that came to our attention, that the Columbus 11 are going to plea bargain. This is not confirmed, but our source says the report is real.

Why on earth would prosecutors choose to plea bargain a case of this magnitude that led to the death of a Border Patrol agent?

Just as curiosity soars over the possibility of these trusted officials and the other suspects avoiding responsibility for their actions, The Las Cruces Sun-News published today that the federal trial against the Columbus 11, will no longer be prosecuted by the New Mexico U.S. Attorney's Office. The venue has been changed and handed over to federal prosecutors in El Paso. The switch to Texas happened Friday.

Defense attorney C.J. McElhinney confirmed the change, but along with the U.S. Attorney's Office, stopped short of explaining why. A public affairs officer named Elizabeth M. Martinez with the New Mexico office, confirmed that the move is "definitely unusual", the Sun-News reported.

According to the newspaper article, "Neither U.S. Attorney's Office was immediately available to comment Wednesday on whether any employee of their offices has been investigated for possible wrongdoing in the case".

While one of the 11 suspects remains at large, the defendants in custody have all pleaded not guilty to the 84-count indictment. (see: El Paso office to work on Columbus gun case - By Ashley Meeks ameeks@lcsun-news.com)

Tosh says the operation in Columbus supplied not only the Los Zetas, but their rivals, "The Columbus 11 started filtering and playing the cartel's contacts. They had set up their own independent gun running operation, which were separate from the Zetas".

Plumlee was also informed that in addition to an alleged pending plea bargain, these suspected crooked city officials and their alleged fellow operators would be entered into a plea bargain and possible into the Federal Witness Protection Program. Where that will stand-- with relation to the change in federal venue-- remains to be seen.

With regard to weapons smuggling in the bigger picture, Tosh believes the Columbus 11 would be small change if it weren't for the consequences including Agent Terry's death. Either way, if they are doing this in a city responsible for border security, you have to wonder what may be taking place in the other U.S. border towns and municipalities located along the 1,967 mile border with Mexico.

Plumlee has said on numerous occasions, "The Dept. of Justice, Homeland Security, and The State Department; have all had this information before Brian Terry was murdered by the guns that were associated with this operation".

He asks, "Why isn't the committee asking questions about this piror knowledge, which has been documented before the fact months before the operation of Fast and Furious was launched or investigated?"

Plumlee has his suspicions, and says the operation in the New Mexico port town is just a snapshot of a much larger picture.

Yet it is highly significant because the smuggling action all seems to be gravitating toward Columbus where properties and broken down houses are selling for well above average prices.

Phase 2 of the Columbus/Palomas Bypass will cover
undocumented gravesites. Tosh Plumlee photo - Salem-News.com

Tosh attributes this to Los Zetas Cartel members that have increasingly been moving into Columbus and unlike the Pancho Villa days, they don't simply raid this small town and flee, they are residents.

Based on his research, Tosh Plumlee believes authorities are not just ignoring evidence of human remains in the desert, he says they are getting ready to plow over these body dumpling grounds with the new Columbus/Palomas bypass.

It is an expensive project associated with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); a political football from the Clinton era that has sharply divided Americans.

The El Paso Times reported earlier this month, that the Construction on the two-lane roadway with one-turning-lane bypass was approximately 70 percent complete.

Luna County is the project's acting fiscal agent, responsible for the roughly $4.2 million provided by both state and federal agencies for the project, and also for handing contracts.

New Mexico's Department of Transportation contributed about $2.2 million to the project, slated to be completed by 31 December of this year.

El Paso Times quotes a Luna County special projects coordinator named Rheganne Vaughn, explaining that the project is about a mile long, and includes 6 inches of asphalt that will accommodate the expected heavy truck traffic at the port.

What appear to be human remains, were located a mile away
from this point. Tosh Plumlee photo - Salem-News.com

Under the current layout, trucks have to wait in line with all other non-commercial vehicles as the cars and trucks are inspected before entering the U.S. (see: Columbus, New Mexico truck bypass project almost finished by Matt Robinson - Deming Headlight / El Paso Times)

Tosh says there is not what he would describe as a pressing need for relieving the traffic.

He says the bottom line is that because there are unrecovered and almost certainly undiscovered human remains in this area that have been documented and reported, the project must halt before any more evidence has been destroyed. Plumlee says he is pretty sure the project has covered areas that also had human remains.

I covered the border NAFTA stories several times while working for the NBC station in Yuma, Arizona, KYMA Channel-11, in 1995 and 1996; noting even then the problems created by the vast changes in trade policy.

Most Mexican trucks at that time were still made of heavy steel while U.S. models were lightweight aluminum. This greatly reduced the amount of weight the older trucks were allowed to carry over the scales, posing a disadvantage to Mexican truckers that many considered unfair.

What I really remember about those NAFTA stories though is the same thing I noted while watching Marines in Iraq inspect all of the semi-trucks passing through a section of the Anbar Province; they really only can physically inspect a small amount of what passes through.

In this photo by Tosh Plumlee, you see the bone protruding from the ground; as
it appeared prior to being reported to Luna County deputies.

Making matters worse, Mr. Plumlee has evidence that someone actually removed evidence from one of the sites, after it was reported to officials in Luna County, New Mexico.

As you see in the first photo, there is what appears to be a human bone protruding from the ground with the tattered remnants of a blue denim jacket.

It was upon seeing and documenting this, that Plumlee reported his findings to the Luna County Sheriff's Office.

He was told by investigators that they had looked at the site and didn't continue to investigate because they believed the clothing was simply dumped by migrants who often change into a different set of clothes after crossing into the U.S.

Tosh said, "What I would ask though, is why anyone would cross at that site? The border fence is 12 feet high there, but only a mile down it is four feet and easy to scale".

Tosh contacted a local TV station and their crew expressed interest in the site, but the Luna County Sheriff investigators were able to convince the reporter that the site was just a pile of old clothing deposited by people illegally crossing the border.

Tosh returned to the site and discovered that the clothing was still there, but somebody or something, had removed the visible alleged human remains. In his world, this type of operation is known as sanitizing graves. It's anything but a new game for investigators.

Exactly how this happened is not known, but the disappearance of the visible bones that Tosh says appeared to be human, seemed anything but coincidental.

Bypass Approaches Body Dumping Sites

The second photo shows the site after Tosh reported it; this is now what
law enforcement considers a 'sanitized' gravesite.

It certainly seems plausible that unknown powers to be, may be fearful of a body dumping zone placing a damper on the otherwise fast moving construction project; the freeway bypass, which Tosh says will simply become a portal for more smuggling.

They're right about how it will and should halt the project. The Governor's office in New Mexico is It is their obligation to ensure that discoveries of human remains are reported and investigated, recovered, etc.

Removing the visible above ground bones was likely not a difficult task for anyone briefed on the site's location.

It is a fact that both archaeological and crime-related burial discoveries can add months or more to a construction schedule.

That type of setback of course translates to increased costs, and there is no doubt that construction crews in these events sometimes look the other way when confronted with suspected human remains.

But human beings should never be regarded this way, alive or dead, and surely if the construction site was headed by the parent or child of a Missing Person, they would probably see things differently.

In Tosh's opinion, there is no question that law enforcement needs to do its job and investigate these documented human remains discoveries in the border region and he questions why any of them would be hesitant, particularly with so many unresolved Missing Person cases in the region and in the United States and abroad.

Colonel James Sabow USMC

The reason I know and work with Tosh Plumlee, is because of our group's research into what we believe, was the Murder of a Marine fighter pilot, Col. Jim Sabow, who blew the whistle after being informed that shipments of drugs were being flown into his base, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California, in non-authorized late night landings, in 1990.

This is years after the Iran/Contra hearings and the resolve they obviously failed to bring to the drugs for weapons program, which involved supplying arms to pro-U.S. forces in places like Nicaragua and Panama.

During his CIA days, at the controls of a C-130,
Tosh Plumlee in Santa Elena, Costa Rica, mid-80's

As previously mentioned in this article, Tosh was involved in the early part of this program as a pilot, but then later gave important testimony that exposed the clandestine programs headed by the disgraced former Marine officer Ollie North, under former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

I mention this because I want people to understand the person Tosh is as he approaches the meeting with federal officials Friday morning. We prefer to lay it all out on the table and that everything we are exposing, discussing and writing about, is part of a pursuit to see both truth and justice have their day.

Murder victims lying in the open, rotting and baking in the sun, in some cases their bones are scattered by animals, others are partly buried, some were never buried. Their clothes almost always remain, yet their stories are completely invisible and can take on no depth or sense of reality until law enforcement officials stop worrying about hassling trusted Americans who only help others, like Tosh, and get their teams into the field and do what is expected of them by the letter of the law as well as the spirit of the law, that is if there still is one.

Two of Luna County's finest at a public gathering in Columbus.

When Tosh was first contacted by federal authorities advising of their need to see him, he was told they would meet at his home. He was advised by sources in Washington DC that he should have an attorney present. Then Tosh was informed of the change in meeting locations. He says he is concerned for his safety if it is true that he penetrated a CIA operation, similar to the Iran/Contra operation years ago. We are concerned also.

The State Dept. sent a message to Border Patrol intel that Tosh should be arrested immediately if he crossed the border again into the United States from Mexico without checking in at the border station. Since he was advised, Tosh has not crossed the border again. When he did before, he was working with the joint U.S./Mexican joint-military Task Force 7.

While there does appear to be an effort to discredit Robert Plumlee at this time, his past is well documented and his exploits are legendary.

Regardless of what he did for a living, Tosh is no spook today; far from it, though he can likely spot one before most people ever could.

The rumor mill is a busy agitator in life, but the worst slander can't erase the fact that his services have been strongly desired and well used by both the Border Patrol and the covert Joint Task Force for the last three years.

So what can you do?

Funny you should ask; I suggest taking the time to contact the New Mexico Governor's Office and ask them what they are doing to ensure these grave sites are thoroughly investigated and that the alleged human remains are recovered, particularly before the construction project reaches the area. Mr. Plumlee says he is sure remains have already been covered by the bypass project.

Contact information for New Mexico's Governor and Attorney General

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez's office
(505) 476-2200
To contact via email, please visit this page: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx

Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Office of the New Mexico District Attorney Kari E. Brandenburg

505 841-7100
Steve Schiff Building
520 Lumas Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, N.M.

Tosh offers strong praise for the Border Patrol and the soldiers and Marines of the military Joint Task Force.

Don't stop there, call New Mexico's other elected officials; particularly those in the U.S. Congress and Senate. Stop the bypass, start the investigation...

Details about this military operation are available in our last report, the link is here. (see: Is Los Zetas Military Cartel Planning a Bloody Revolution in Mexico? - Tim King Salem-News.com)

We will contact Congressman Issa's office today and do what we can to assure that Tosh's upcoming meeting has the proper amount of attention from the politicians standing up against Holder and Obama's near stonewall of the failed Fast and Furious operation.

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El Paso July 9, 2011 7:05 am (Pacific time)

Thank You Very informative and to the point. Someone is doing something or trying to. What is the U.S. position on this. Have they said anything? Do they know? Will this information just blow away with the wind?


Anonymous July 2, 2011 9:35 am (Pacific time)

My wife and I recently took a bus trip from Nayarit, Mexico to Oregon. We started from San Blas, Nayarit, which is just North of Puerto Vallarta. Appx. 200 miles from San Blas, the bus stopped at a Federale checkpoint and the bus was boarded and lightly searched. One hundred miles later, at the border of the state of Sinaloa, the bus came to a military checkpoint and was completely searched. Everyone was removed from the bus and ALL baggage, carry ons and all the baggage under the bus was opened and searched. No person was exempt from the search. The soldiers were courteous, but very thorough. The process took nearly 45 minutes. The line of trucks waiting to be searched was over five miles long. We saw a truck of live cows that were being X-rayed, among other things. A flatbed truck loaded with cement was being unloaded a bag at a time and each bag was checked with a stainless steel poker. Bags of coffee beans were being opened and checked. Nothing was exempt. The cost to commerce must be huge. Approximately one hundred miles later, the same thing...the bus was emptied, all the luggage was searched again, all carry on bags were matched with their owners and searched. And as before, all trucks and their loads were lined up for miles waiting to be searched. X-ray machines were used to search tires and body panels of cars and trucks. When the bus reached Hermosillo, nearly two hundred miles later...same thing. By then we were in Sonora state and the bus was searched once more, just as thoroughly, near the town of Santa Ana. By now we were heading West towards Tijuana and were close to the border. Again, we were searched, along with every truck and every other bus. This time, each bag was matched with the passenger that brought it and was searched with the owner present. All was well and so we continued on to Tijuana where once again, just before entering the city, we were searched again, just as thoroughly. In case you lost count, this made a total of six searches in 900 miles. We spent around three hours total being searched , but the trucks had to wait hours at each stop. The loss to commerce must be huge. Upon entering the US, our bus was not checked once and did not stop once for any kind of inspection. Buses coming from the US down to Mexico are not searched at all until they enter Mexican territory. Yet there are still those who blame Mexico for the rampant drug use in America..like drunks blaming the liquor store for their lack of self-control. 80% of the weapons used by the drug cartels are from the United States, yet I have never had my van searched on the US side. It would be easier to smuggle a truckload of guns into Mexico than it would be to smuggle one joint out of Mexico. If I were the Mexican government, I would refuse to cripple my economy searching for drugs when the US seems not to care what is smuggled into Mexico. Mexico spends billions trying to keep their end of the deal and the US, which is the world's largest consumer of illicit drugs, and also the world's largest exporter of weapons, is not willing to do nearly as much. Blaming the victims is a cheap shot, whether it is a rape trial or alleged outrage over our own voluntary drug consumption. Has anyone seen vehicle searches like the ones I described on the US side? Of course not, it would cost billions and hurt "the economy". I heard on the news today that John McCain is blaming the Arizona fires on illegals..how convenient. It must be nice to have a scapegoat to blame..I am surprised that Mexicans are not being blamed for the recent rash of tornadoes. The fact is, Mexico is doing it's part to stem the tide of drugs and the US appears to be doing nothing.


Bob July 2, 2011 6:40 am (Pacific time)

Great work of journalism. Tosh is a real American hero in an age when most duck and hide, he's risking his life to expose the cartels murderous activities. The use of state of the art U.S. military weapons requires the investigation of a Federal grand jury. The evidence supports that these are not hunting guns sold by guns stores but weapons meant for use by military forces to kill other humans. The State Dept. is responsible for the Direct Commercial Sales Program. Who are these weapons going to and how are they finding their way into the hands of cartels? The major media needs to put resources into this story and ask hard questions of those in charge of the DCS program. CNN, where are you on this story?


Mary Trimas July 2, 2011 6:24 am (Pacific time)

Wow! And nobody has known about this? I find it hard to belive. It scares the hell out of me and makes be sick inside to know that our elected official do these kinds of things. What do they have to hide? State Department needs to be fully investigated and let us see what they are really up to. It is ashame that guns we let walk has killed those who serve. Thank You Mr. Plumlee for bring this to our attention. I am writing my Congressman and demanding we get the truth.


Jason M July 2, 2011 6:16 am (Pacific time)

Thank You Salem News for having the guts to print this story. It has now become obvious to me, and I am sure by others, that the corp. news gaints have been bought off by the political misfits in the, "belt way" of Washington DC (in other words the National news medias are in the pockets of the political "Fat Cats" of Washington, who cntrol the flow of information to American citizens. Instead of giving us the real news and information; like the FACTS that are in your article, we get talking heads who are told what to report, when to report, and how to report it. They now make the news and entertain us with sensationalize features like, "pigs dancing in the streets" and what Winer does with his PEE-PEE, and then tell us that is what we want and need to hear. Has anyone really read this article and digested what is contained therein? My GOSH we have lost in this race to reality and now live in a fake world of illutions created by these so called Journalist and Fat Cat corp mis fits. Thank You, Mr Plumlee for bringing this to MY attention and thank you Salem News for haveing the integrity to print it. AND too, thank you Brian Terry for your service and sacrafice. My you rest in PEACE Brian, you earned it the hard way. GOD Bless you.


Anthropologist July 1, 2011 10:36 pm (Pacific time)

I hope this story gets the attention it deesrves so the public can prepare themselves for the coming hard times from the failed 'drug war' which has drained both the U.S. and Mexico of blood and resources. Whether we as U.S. citizens realize it or not, we are engaged in a violent border war, where good people on both sides of the border are under aseige by forces using weapons supplied by the United States--either directly or indirectly. Congress better start taking its oversight responsibilities seriously. Good agents like Brian Terry deserve better than the full-fledged coverup being launched by political appointees. The Departments of State and Justice should be ashamed of themselves for enabling the transnational criminal organizations to exploit, murder, and torture for profit. This is not the United States I was taught to believe about in school. Please write your elected representatives and demand that action be taken.


Anonymous July 1, 2011 7:36 pm (Pacific time)

Libya is fighting against the bankers also...please listen to this. Gadhafi's son reminds me of my own son..Send them off to college and they come back liberal junk. My son is seeing the lies now, the same way gadhafi's son is seeing the lies. He got all liberal, and found out the western world doesnt care. This interview hits home for me, because its happened to me. http://12160.info/video/gaddafis-son-libya-like?xg_source=activity please take the time to listen.


Editor July 1, 2011 1:53 pm (Pacific time)

For our readers, Tosh is fine, he is pleased with the results of said meeting and that is very good news for this country.  We'll certainly keep you updated.


Anonymous July 1, 2011 9:04 am (Pacific time)

I need to add one more thing. I sometimes get told by others "you hate America"...The fact is, I love America. I hate the offshore banking cartel that took our country over, and I will keep exposing them, in hopes, that maybe someday we WILL get our country back. Currently, 99% of DC is owned by the bankers, so to say I get discouraged sometimes is an understatement. But I cant quit trying. I love my children, and want a good, honest, free, life for them. Not tyranny and lies.


Anonymous July 1, 2011 8:57 am (Pacific time)

From over a decade of research, it has come to my attention that the leaders of the western world (CIA, M15, Mossad), are key in not just the business of guns, but drugs, child prostitution, and human organ trafficking. Thanks for the article Tim. I do research and know they have been running guns for years, but those who let the tv do their thinking for them, simply call me a conspiracy theorist. So, I need all the help I can get. Thanks. p.s. Everything you hear about Gadhafi from the government and MSM are lies and propaganda. I am not a fan of Gadhafi at all, but he is better than 99% of all the other dictators the west has installed all over the world. He simply will not go along with the central banks. Same thing that happened to Saddam Hussein. Dont mess with the banks, you will be bombed into oblivion.


xexon July 1, 2011 8:06 am (Pacific time)

When I came back to Oregon 10 years ago, I had been working in Alamogordo,NM which is not far from this incident. That desert has a lot of buried secrets. Even back then, we could see a revolution coming to Mexico. That fence they're building was never intended to control illegal aliens. It was to contain the coming revolution across the border. But the government didn't want to scare anybody so they used the illegal alien excuse instead. You'll notice that's since gone down to a low roar and now we're focused on the real problem. Got no other options. We helped create this problem in Mexico. The arms flow from the US is intentional. So are the pressures we're putting on some cartels but not others. We're attempting to steer this revolution and I can see nothing but it blowing up in our face someday. Then the masses will come streaming across the border to escape it. x


Agron Belica July 1, 2011 6:39 am (Pacific time)

This story is hot! Tosh did a great job bringing this to light. Thanks for sharing! Peace


LE Community July 1, 2011 4:15 am (Pacific time)

We look forward to hearing about how this turns out, know that people with influence and contacts are watching.

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