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ugust 23, 1987, in a rural community just south of Little Rock, police officers murdered two teenage boys because they witnessed a police-protected drug drop. The drop was part of a drug smuggling operation based at a small airport in Mena, Arkansas. The Mena operation was set up in the early 1980's by the notorious drug smuggler, Barry Seal. Facing prison after a drug conviction in Florida, Seal flew to Washington, D.C., where he put together a deal that allowed him to avoid prison by becoming an informant for the government. As a government informant against drug smugglers, Seal testified he worked for the CIA and the DEA. In one federal court case, he testified that his income from March 1984 to August 1985, was between $700,000 and $800,000. This period was AFTER making his deal with the government. Seal testified that nearly $600,000 of this came from smuggling drugs while working for -- and with the permission of the DEA. In addition to his duties as an informant, Seal was used by CIA operatives to help finance the Nicaraguan Contras. The CIA connection to the Mena operation was undeniable when a cargo plane given to Seal by the CIA was shot down over Nicaragua with a load of weapons. In spite of the evidence, every investigator who has tried to expose the crimes of Mena has been professionally destroyed, and those involved in drug smuggling operations have received continued protection from state and federal authorities.

The demise of this cover-up will be the internet. This website continually posts information shared by investigators who have been involved from the beginning and from researchers and investigators from all over the country who have traced pertinent information. It is getting harder for the mainstream media to ignore the obvious. There were CIA operatives who took advantage of the protection their positions gave them, and they participated in saturating our country with drugs. Kevin and Don were victims of this atrocious crime, and it is up to us to expose those responsible.

Like any good investigative reporting, the information presented on this website is based on police reports, federal documents, court records, newspaper articles, sworn depositions, eye witness accounts, and other credible sources. However, this site is unique in that it weaves together the web of lies, deceit, and injustices perpetrated by federal, state, and local officials and explains how the continuation of local public corruption is necessary to preserve the secrets our federal government does not want us to learn.

This story has as much national consequence as any story in America. However, it does not have a conclusion, because no one - NO ONE - to date, has ever been indicted for the crimes of Mena, including for the murders of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. The cover-ups have been continual and perpetual.

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