I saw this moments ago in The Outdoor Wire. Too bad I won’t be able to attend. I’m guessing Mr. Zinke will be talking about arrests for bear poaching. That is what it usually is.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will host a press conference in Asheville, North Carolina, on Thursday, September 27th to announce the results of a major joint law enforcement operation. Secretary Zinke will be joined by Federal, Tribal, State and local partners. This will be the Secretary’s third trip to the Asheville region since taking office.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
Federal, Tribal, State, and local partners
A press conference to announce the results of a major law enforcement operation in Indian Country
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Veach Baley Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
UPDATE: Well it wasn’t bear parts but drugs including opoids, Fentenyl, marijuana, meth, and pills. A task force of Federal, state, and tribal officials broke up a number of drug distribution networks on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, NC. That is the reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
From what I’ve been told by a former student, teens are targeted by drug dealers at age 15-16. They want to get them dependent so that they can get their major payout from the trust funds enrolled members receive at age 18. The amount that an 18 year old will receive before taxes is (or was) in the $160,000 range.
The full details on the arrests is found in this news release from the Department of the Interior.