The Crimes of Mena:

The Petitions To The Iran-Contra Prosecutor.


The following text is from a photocopy of a letter that was orginally sent to Iran-Contra Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh by Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant on May 30, 1991.


                      OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
                           200 Tower Building
 WINSTON BRYANT             323 Center Street
ATTORNEY GENERAL       LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS 72201       (501) 682-2007



   May 30, 1991

   Mr. Lawrence Walsh
   Office of Independent Council
   Suite 701
   555 13th Street, NW
   Washington, D.C. 20004

   Dear Mr. Walsh:

   I am forwarding petitions to you bearing the signatures of more
   than 1,000 citizens, mostly Arkansans, who are calling for an
   investigation into the activities of the late Berriman "Barry"
   Seal in regards to an airport in Mena, Arkansas, which Seal and
   his associates allegedly used as a drug smuggling depot during
   the early to mid 1980's.

   Their specific concern, as well as my own, is to learn why no one
   was prosecuted in Arkansas despite a mountain of evidence that
   Seal was using Arkansas as his principal staging area during the
   years 1982 through 1985.

   Because your office touched on these matters during the
   Iran-Contra investigation, I, along with Congressman Bill
   Alexander of Arkansas and a number of my fellow Arkansans, ask
   that you direct your continuing investigation towards the events
   which occurred at the Mena, Arkansas airport.

   The people of Arkansas need, and deserve, a final and full
   accounting of this matter, and it is our hope that the Office of
   Independent Council can provide one. My office, as well as
   Congressman Alexander's, stands ready to assist in any manner
   that we can.

   Sincerely,

   W I N S T O N  B R Y A N T 

   WINSTON BRYANT
   Attorney General

   WB:djh

   Enclosures







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