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Island County OK’s $85.7 million budget for 2017

Whidbey heroin:

“Many of those struggling with opioid abuse started out using prescription pain pills, then turned to heroin after being cut off from the legal high.”

Heroin must get past past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security before it arrives in Island County.

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

 

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

If public meetings were held on Whidbey Island & people were asked to state their top law enforcement priorities- would a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat show up anywhere on the list?

If the Sheriff was interviewed & asked for his wish list- is there any possibility that it would include a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat?

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Recommendation-

Let the Sheriff & the people he serves set funding priorities for the Island County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Oct. 2016-

News video: Whidbey Island town fighting growing heroin problem

Drug use has Clinton in fume; Police aren’t doing enough, residents say

Langley City Council OKs Seawall Park hours

“Police Chief David Marks recommended the city council close parks in Langley at a Sept. 5 meeting after collecting 40 syringes in two weeks at Seawall Park.”

Welcome Home Troops

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Newspeople remain silent.

More here: More Puget Sound Meth & Heroin – Zero questions from the press

 

Related: Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

Instead of showing up to ask any questions- Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel.

Q13 Fox-

‘We need that power’: New Interceptor vessels designed to stop smugglers built in Puget Sound

KPUG-

Smugglers beware: new patrol boats are coming

Have these Homeland Security-funded patrol boats been able to intercept any heroin headed for Puget Sound?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Port Angeles-

Here is a town with a large Homeland Security presence.

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca has failed to keep heroin out of Port Angeles.

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

PA police to carry heroin overdose antidote

Clallam commissioners asked to consider heroin problem in next year’s budget

“Clallam County’s death rate from prescription opioid and heroin overdose was 29 per 100,000 in 2013, nearly twice the state’s overdose death rate of 14.8 per 100,000, health officials have said.”

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Newspeople remain silent.

Frequent updates here.

Related:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA- News tip/story idea

 

Still trying to figure out how sending US troops to Iraq & Afghanistan was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

 

Newspeople,

Please let us know what the US Dept. of Homeland Security is doing to keep heroin away from the Puget Sound area.

Nov. 2016-

Snohomish- Any word on how “large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine from Sinaloa, Mexico” made it past federal agents massed at border crossings & ports of entry while looking for passports/enhanced & Real IDs?

Welcome Home Troops

 

Boondoggle alert-

Federal grant money to go after heroin in Frederick County, Virginia after product moves past federal agents massed at border crossings & ports of entry:

Comstock announces HIDTA designation for Frederick County, continues leadership in combating drug epidemic

Newspeople,

Please schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

891 Heroin Overdoses, 60 Deaths: Manatee County’s Year So Far

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

State-run media update:

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

Discuss on facebook here:

Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

 

 

 

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