March 22, 1997
Montana Senate Judiciary Committee
Helena, Montana 59602
Re: Senate Bill 255
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Committee:
I am an ex-intelligence operative. I have served agencies and organizations which include the CIA, DIA, NSA, and NSC. I have direct information relating to a substantial amount of narcotics trafficking into Montana involving Colombian cartel members and others.
During the course of my duties, I met with Agent Terry Nelson of the FBI in South Florida, who was also "tasked" to the Crises Pre-Planning Group (CPPG) and Operational Sub-Group (OSG). As an operative for the OSG, I was taken into Agent Nelson's confidence concerning the operations along the US/Canadian border which included the smuggling of drugs into your state. This operation was planned and executed by a Canadian National named Mike Huxtable, a Colombian drug lord named Fabio Ochoa, and FBI Agent Terry Nelson. Together they effected the movement of multi-ton shipments of cocaine and heroin from an airstrip located south of Weyburn, Saskatchawan, Canada to a series of landing strips and drop-zones into Montana, including Chinook, Sidney, and Havre. Nelson boasted of his ability to recruit local law enforcement and state officials in Montana and North Dakota. These officials were recruited to assist in the smuggling operations, thinking they were part of a government-sanctioned covert operation.
I am currently serving a twenty-seven month federal sentence [note: Tatum has now been released] at Jesup Federal Prison Camp in Jesup, Georgia, for failure to disclose ownership in a firm subcontracting to the FDIC (Title 18 & 1007). If you wish to contact me, you can do so either directly or through my attorney. . . .
I hope this information will be of assistance to you and your committee.
Dols Gene "Chip" Tatum
Posted here April 8, 1997
Web Page: http://www.aci.net/kalliste/