FLASHBACK - The Cliton's Arkensas : The Crimes of Mena: Small Town For Smuggling | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

FLASHBACK - The Cliton's Arkensas : The Crimes of Mena: Small Town For Smuggling

I guess this is an open letter to anybody that might
read this on the Internet. My name is Russell Welch.
I was a criminal investigator in the Arkansas State
Police until January 16, 1996. Almost all of that
time was spent in Mena, Arkansas. I was the second
criminal investigator assigned to Mena. The first
investigator was placed at Mena in 1977 primarily
to monitor drug traffic at the Mena Airport. Barry
Seal wasn't the first show to come to the Mena Airport
and he wasn't the last. I took over investigations
at Mena in 1981. At that time, my supervisors
kept pressure on me to develop cases at the Mena
Airport. By 1990, I was being ordered to stay away
from apparent drug activity at the airport. Before
I was ordered away from drug activity, high ranking
officers in the Arkansas State Police were allowing
suspects to look at my files. The suspects didn't
even have to ask for access to my files. The information
was furnished to them without solicitation. One
such person is now the assistant director of the Arkansas
State Police. To say that there is corruption in the Arkansas
State Police would be an understatement.

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