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Update: Drug lords were behind the weird Mayas in Georgia thang

Update:  Drug lords were behind the weird Mayas in Georgia thang


Drug enforcement officers now estimate that this cartel has manufactured over $300 million of meth  . . . maybe much more.

New information is flowing out at an increasingly faster rate this week, concerning the discovery this past week of the largest meth manufacturing operation ever found in the United States . . . right chere on we’uns neck of the of the woods.  It turns out that one of their branch manufacturing and distribution compounds was very close to Track Rock Gap!

Long time POOF members will recall that back in 2012 and 2013,  members of several “old time mountain families”, who lived near the Track Rock Archaeological Zone in Union and Towns Counties, Georgia wrote us to exclaim that they had nothing to do with the blocking of the access trail or the attempts by US Forest Service personnel to prevent television networks from publicizing the spectacular stone ruins.  The mountaineers stated that they had been going to the ruins for almost two centuries to picnic and take walks.   The old time families in Union County, GA were very proud of Track Rock Archaeological Zone and couldn’t understand why even their own Chamber of Commerce was involved in the coverup.   They said that drug dealers were behind all of the weirdness and that outsiders were coming into their county to practice being soldiers for the drug dealers.   One writer also stated that she knew of several US Forest Service Rangers, who were protecting drug manufacturers, who were making meth in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

What the residents of Union and Towns Counties said would explain at least part of the weird things that occurred in 2012 and 2013, but were difficult to prove.   Well, at least it would be difficult for me to prove, since I was struggling just to survive financially.  Such things were law enforcement matters.   The accusations were published, but not followed up.  I continued doing my three dimensional research into the ancient history of the Southeastern United States.

Nevertheless, at the time it seemed implausible that a hand full of hicks brewing meth in the woods would have any influence on employees of the US Forest Service, the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, the Society for Georgia Archaeology or several anthropology professors at the University of Georgia and University of North Georgia.  There must be some other explanation as to why the Union County Chamber of Commerce went along with the scam, when increased tourism would have brought prosperity to many of the chamber’s members.  Instead the organization continued to not mention Track Rock, but promote the Cherokee gambling casino, 75 miles away.   Georgia State Economic Development officials were absolutely astonished that such “intellectuals” would go out of their way to discredit the Track Rock ruins, when (whether or not Maya refugees built them) visitation to this spectacular archaeological zone could have produced millions of dollars of tourism income for the state, after they were featured on international television.

There have been several, very serious attempts on my life during the last few years. I could not understand why.  I was a nobody, a pauper . . . with no political influence and very few friends anymore in Georgia.  Why would anybody care where I hiked or traveled?

The most recent was when I was invited to have a booth at an event on the Oconee River in Jackson County, GA but they placed my tent a long distance from any other booth, and thugs loosened the pins from my car’s brake shoes, while I spoke about Native American history.  The next spring,  I was invited to lead a tour of local historic preservationists and a group of Creeks from Florida through an archaeological zone in Jackson County.   The night before, I was invited to eat at a restaurant in Downtown Dahlonega.  The next morning I woke up to discover that I had no feeling in my lips and tongue.  I literally slobbered, when I tried to talk.     Yep . . . you guessed it . . . this cartel also operated out of Jackson County.

Now we know what was going on.  The Georgia Mountain families were absolutely right, but at a scale that no one could have fathomed . . . $300 . . . $400 . . . $500?  million dollars can do a lot of corrupting in a lot of places.  However,  the citizens of the United States cannot tolerate US Forest Service employees and university professors, whose personal integrity are for sale to the highest bidder.  University students these days are chaining themselves to decades of debt in order to obtain advanced knowledge and higher personal standards of conduct.   They have been betrayed by the very people, who are supposed to lead them in that quest.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Richard, I have to sadly agree that there is way to much “corruption” at all levels of our so called representative government.


    When I travel the highways and back roads of North Georgia I always point out that many of those empty strip malls and supposed county redevelopment economic zones were paid for by drug money.

    Those tourists on the way to the Great Smoky National Park just stare at me wide eyed like they don’t have a clue.

    I stand with you Richard.
    Truth must be spoken to evil to expose the CORRUPTION OF LOCAL SO CALLED ENFORCEMENT.

    Please continue to inform all who will listen.
    For cold winds will be blowing.

    And those who practice such need exposure like the cock rouches they are.


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