A large-scale narcotics investigation and sentencing in Montana has revealed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered the enforcement of U.S. war on drugs.I can't help but suspect this is part of the federal government's undeclared war on shale oil and fracking.
The EPA has full federal law enforcement capabilities, and their charter allows them to participate in the investigation and prosecution of “criminal conduct that threatens people's health,” according to the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division (EPA CID).
The federal case involved two men, Tomas Alvarado and Eliseo Lopez Martinez, who were sentenced for their role in conspiracies to possess and distribute controlled substances: cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. The operation stretched from California to Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota, according to court documents.
The usual federal agencies were credited with the operation, which was part of “Project Safe Bakken,” a cooperative effort between a number of federal and state law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE or more commonly called the ATF), and others. However, the press release also specifically credited the EPA for involvement in the project.
Project Safe Bakken was initiated specifically to help law enforcement deal with the increase in crime that was occurring as a result of a major influx of workers on the Bakken Shale deposit.