We can think of no better way to comment editorially on the circumstances than to republish a quote from Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift. Written in 1726, Swift's hero, the shipwrecked Lemuel Gulliver, was discussing with his Houynhmn master "concerning lying and false representation." The rational horse argued thus:
"that the use of speech was to make us understand one another, and to receive information of facts; now if anyone said the thing which was not, these ends were defeated; because I cannot be properly be said to understand him; and I am so far from receiving, that he leaves me worse than in ignorance; or I am led to believe a thing black when it is white, and short when it is long. And these were all the notions he had concerning that faculty of lying, so perfectly well understood, and so universally practiced among human creatures."
—Book IV, Chapter IV, Gulliver's Travels (1726), by Jonathan Swift. "concerning lying and false representation"
BUSTED! Chambers Denied Bail
(Publisher's Note: The following story comes from our files, 1991 and early 1992.)
More than one ton of uncut Colombian cocaine was seized by a DEA-led task force in the early morning hours of December 4  at the Marfa, Texas roping arena in Presidio County. The cocaine was worth as much as $1 billion dollars after being cut and sold on the street at $100 per gram.
Glyn Robert Chambers, 37, was quickly arrested and transported to Pecos. The cocaine was found in a red 2-horse trailer belonging to Presidio County's Sheriff R. D. "Rick" Thompson, seized two years ago from a Redford resident.
At a bond hearing in Pecos on December 9, (1991) DEA agent Bob Mueller linked the sheriff and Chambers, testifying that Chambers told DEA's informant and participant to telephone Thompson's listed home phone number early December 4 and say the "deal" was down.
Thompson refused to talk to federal law enforcement, directing them to his attorney. On Tuesday, December 10, the day following Chambers' hearing, Thompson held an extraordinary press conference in Monahans, Texas.
There he said the cocaine was his, that he, Thompson, transported it from Mexico and stored it, that he informed no other law enforcement, and that he intended the dope for a "reverse sting."
Thompson was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Pecos December 13 but he declined through his attorney, Hal Upchurch of Monahans, and asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to testify. Thompson's deputy Steve Bailey, Deputy Captain Clayton McKinney of Midland County, and Marfa Border Patrolman Wayne Weimers did appear.
The second session of Chambers' bond reduction hearing was December 16 in Pecos. Chambers' family testified to his good character and the family including Chambers offered their entire assets stated as about $1 million for possible bond. The assets include principally 500 head of cattle on a ranch near Candelaria and land near Alpine.
U.S. Magistrate Katherine Baker of Alpine denied bail to Robert Chambers in an order issued on December 19. Chambers remained jailed in Pecos.
The Lawman and The Bad Man
At the Monahans press conference, Sheriff Thompson said "cops and crooks are of the same caliber ... The only difference is that cops carry badges." The statement was widely circulated in the West Texas area. The only lawman who has publicly
supported Thompson's statement is Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter, a former deputy of Thompson's in 1973-1978.
Glyn Robert Chambers is an accused drug dealer.
To law enforcement, lawyers, criminals and local folk in the West Texas area who know him, this was not news in 1991. Since his return from the Marine Corps in the
1970s, for perhaps 16 years, Chambers has been associated with border drug dealing and other typical criminal activities which surround such enterprises. To his friends he declared himself a "mercenary."
Those activities include shooting people and shooting at people; the possession and display of large numbers of firearms; an airplane, heavy equipment, vehicles,
and a property of several hundred acres just south of Alpine, Texas.
Chambers is the man who led the January 1986 raid on the Ojinaga, Mexico jail, kidnapped an inmate and brought him to law enforcement officers on the U.S. side of the river. Chambers went into Mexico to get people and things and bring them back, no questions asked. When in 1987 Chambers shot a rifle bullet inches from Larry White's head a few feet from a woman and a sleeping baby, he shouted "Stay off my river." The only river nearby is the Rio Grande.
No, the criminal activities of Robert Chambers are news neither to his victims nor his neighbors. Federal law enforcement files bulged with reports of Chambers'
colorful but perhaps lethal adventures.
During this career of crime, Chambers was almost immune from correction. Chambers pleaded guilty April 27, 1979 to aiding and abetting the transportation
of illegal aliens. He received probation.
In 1989 Chambers was charged and convicted on federal firearms charges in El Paso federal court, and he is still on probation for that offense. Chambers was
represented in that case by Roddy Harrison of Pecos, Art Abraham of El Paso, and Arvel Rodolphus (Rod) Ponton III of Alpine and El Paso. Ponton, besides representing Chambers, employed Chambers and is apparently a personal friend.
During this two decades of sporadic federal pressure on Robert Chambers, he remained almost immune to any local prosecution.
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