Times food critic Sam Sifton found himself on the crime beat this weekend: two fish poachers were arrested in Brooklyn with 300 pounds of illegally caught bass. Sifton explains the implications:
Here is good news for those who loathe the men who spend their days dragging umbrella rigs through the coastal waters of the New York Bight, hauling striped bass and bluefish into their boats by the dozen, then selling them illegally to unscrupulous fishmongers and restaurants throughout the city. Here, too, is bad news for those who feel people ought to be able to take what they can get from the sea, then sell it at fair prices to those who might not otherwise be able to afford the fare.
This means “good news for people who don’t like poachers” and “bad news for poachers.”
The NYPD is part of a DEA task force taking on drugs at the Canadian border, where narcotics Chief Joseph Resnick says Mohawk Indians smuggle “most of the high potency marijuana and ecstacy found on city streets.” While the department hasn’t committed any manpower to the region, they’re now sharing information with the federal officials, and department narcotics Chief Joseph Resnick recently made a trip north to learn more about the problem. The Post explains :
In the last 10 years, more than $1 billion worth of marijuana has come through the reservation, which stretches five miles along the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
Smugglers traverse the fast-moving water in Jet Skis and high-powered speedboats. When the river freezes, they switch to snowmobiles.
The contraband is then packed into vans or trucks and driven down the New York State Thruway, authorities said.
According to one customs official:
“When the river freezes, there’s so many snowmobiles out there we don’t even bother. If border patrol tried to police the traffic, there would be a war.”
One smuggler told the paper:
“We go at night and run all night. I get on my Jet Ski, put on a helmet and night-vision goggles and just go. The boats we have are way faster than theirs. They can’t catch us.”
And all three dailies continue trying to make sense of the Fort Hood massacre. The Daily News talks to a soldier’s mother who remembers that Hasan scared her, The Times catalogs the signals that he gave before the attack, and the Post, which is running aggressively with the civilian-sleeper angle, finds an “America-hater” in Queens who has sent the shooter a get-well card.