U.S. Senator Hal Lindsay of New Jersey having his vacation ranch raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is fake news. There is not truth to reports that the DEA seized large quantities of illegal drugs at Lindsay’s vacation home. The DEA is a U.S. federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States.
Where did this fake news originate? The America’s Last Line of Defense web site published the article on June 10, 2017, reporting that the DEA had recently raided the vacation ranch of Lindsay and seized large quantities of illegal drugs. You can read the fake story below.
The DEA just raided the vacation ranch of Democrat Senator Hal Lindsay (D-NJ), seizing more than 400 marijuana plants, 2 greenhouses full of opium-producing poppies and a small lab that was pumping out massive amounts of refined, finished product. The ranch, just a few hundred miles north of anything in Wyoming, was also seized along with a fleet of automobiles, recreational vehicles and other property now considered the spoils of the drug trade.
The bust itself yielded more than $6 million in finished drugs alone, never mind the plants and raw product waiting for packaging. All in all, Senator Lindsay is looking at 70 years behind bars on the opium alone. He was taken into custody at his office in Washington DC and has since been booked and released on $10 million bail.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news story on social media.
The DEA just raided the vacation ranch of Democrat Senator Hal Lindsay (D-NJ), seizing more than 400 marijuana… https://t.co/aoeyxIdSq9
— Jim Brown (@Menorahblog) June 11, 2017
DEM. SEN. HAL LINDSAY TO JAIL!
The DEA Just Raided A United States Senator–Dems In A Panic https://t.co/DoUwbxWrIy
— Virginia S. Saunders (@fearlesswidow) June 11, 2017
— Michael Barry (@MichaelPBarry) June 10, 2017
— Robert Gamble (@rfgamble) June 10, 2017
However, there was no truth to this story which circulated social media. According to Snopes, America’s Last Line of Defense is a fake news web site whose disclaimer notes that it “is a satirical publication” which presents “fiction as fact” and uses “sources [that] don’t actually exist.” America’s Last Line of Defense consistently produces fake news that is shared on social media.
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What did you think of the fake news about the DEA raiding Lindsay’s vacation ranch? Did you believe it or see people sharing the news falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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