North Country newspapers today — their on-line editions at least — were filled with reports of former Akewsasne Mohawk chief Phillip Tarbell’s arrest in the Adirondacks on alleged drug-smuggling charges.
This from the Associated Press, as published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Federal officials say Philip Tarbell of Hogansburg was in a minivan stopped on Nov. 12 by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint near Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks. Federal officials say agents found about 95 pounds of marijuana in two hockey bags.
The 68-year-old Tarbell was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was released Thursday after posting $10,000 bail.
The Watertown Daily Times includes this detail:
He was among three people who led a march in May 1994 on Route 37 in Hogansburg. He helped carry a banner proclaiming “Akwesasne Against Drugs.” The men were running for St. Regis Mohawk tribal chief.
And the Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that Tarbell allegedly acted suspiciously during a routine traffic stop.
[A]ccording to court documents, the 68-year-old was “twitching nervously” and firmly squeezing the steering wheel of his 2007 Nissan Quest.
His reaction to the official questions prompted agents to request a search of his vehicle, which he apparently complied with.
As always in such cases, Tarbell is only accused of these crimes and is innocent until proven guilty. We will have the latest news on the story Monday morning during the 8 O’clock Hour.