Editorial: Canada to blame for reservation drugs

"Canada�s relaxed attitude toward street drugs might be no one�s concern but its own � if the consequences weren�t always spilling over the country�s border.

As it happens, Canada�s relatively tolerant approach to drugs � including heroin and cocaine � has made it an ideal base for drug-trafficking operations that reach into the United States. A particularly appalling example is the OxyContin smuggling ring organized by a young Lummi Indian, Eugenia Phair.

As reported Monday by The New York Times, Phair built a drug-smuggling �business� that � at its height in 2003 and 2004 � employed 12 to 15 other Lummi women as mules.

From the Lummi reservation just south of the Canadian border, they would drive to Vancouver to buy OxyContin, a prescription narcotic that produces a morphine-like high when ground into powder. Each woman would buy 60 to 80 pills, stow them in condoms hidden in body cavities, then sneak them back to the reservation."

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How the B.C. connection devastated the Lummis (The Tacoma News-Tribune 2/22)

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