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The Evidence
The above picture of a dore' bar that was removed from the treasure site in the Caballo Mountain Range in New Mexico. The Caballo Mountains have a very interesting history concerning the Indians that were used by the Spanish in the mining of gold in the area. The above bar is proof that such tales are true even in today's world of disbelief. This treasure has become known as the Caballo Mountain Treasure Trove or TDA "6". The above bar is 60% gold, 20% silver, 20% lead, iron, zinc, etc. Several individuals have lost their lives over this treasure while others only came up short. Millions of dollars have been spent and lost to try and find the very bars that are in a bank in El Paso, Texas. The latest tale while it is true and the fight over it still goes on because of greed.

In 1972, two gentlemen by the names of Thayer Snipes and Troy Jacobsen flew over the Caballo Mountain area with a heat sensing device and noticed a large deposit of heavy non-ferrous metal was indicated in an area east of Caballo Lake. Thayer brought Nick Fleming to the area in 1990, and told him about the earlier flight.

Nick came back with Gary Hewitt and Paul Vlaardingerbrock in late 1992 and ran surface tests with an EM-83 Pulse induction Unit over three sites in the area and videotaped the test results. They pinpointed the area for Nick to continue his search.

Nick came back to the site during late "92 and early 93 locating and exploring several caves in the area. In April 1994, he found the entrance to the cave containing the treasure trove of miner's dore' bars. He paced off and otherwise calculated the size of the stack to be approximately five feet high, thirty feet wide and fifty feet long, stacked similar to a pallet of bricks. He also noted what appeared to be a small tunnel, which may lead to other caves.

After some personal research as to the proper course of action, Nick returned to file a Treasure Trove Claim at the Truth or Consequences Courthouse, in New Mexico, on July 23, 1993.

During one of his visits to the site, Nick met the Sanders Brothers on the road to the mine that they were working. In the ensuing conversation, it was decided that they could work together to retrieve the treasure and split the proceeds one third each, to Nick, Mrs. Drolte and the Sanders Brothers. Richard W. Darnell, the attorney for Mrs. Drolte and the Sanders Brothers came up that afternoon and worked out some of the details for an agreement. None of the others were aware that at the time that Nick had already filed the Treasure Trove Claim.

Nick heard about Lovell Fuhrmann Merlo and her contacts to financing, gold brokers and refiners, through a common acquaintance. He came to California to put together a group capable of coordinating the efforts of preparing a contract, under the terms of Section 4 of the Federal Property Administrative Services Act, 40 U.S.C. 310.

In mid September, Nick requested from the BLM information of the manner of obtaining a contract and permit to dig and retrieve a treasure trove under 40 U.S.C. 310.

On September 22, 1993, Nick received a letter dated September 21, from the BLM advising Nick to make his request to the GSA, who is responsible for issuing contracts to dig for treasure under 40 U.S.C. 310. Nick immediately faxed a request, as directed, to the GSA.

On September 22, 1993 Nick entered into an agreement with the Kinsbursky Brothers for the processing of the dore' bars.

On September 24, 1993, Nick received a faxed letter from the GSA, giving us broad, basic guidelines for obtaining a contract and permit.

On September 27, 1993, Darnell sent Nick a threatening letter, denouncing any agreement and vowing to have Nick arrested for trespassing if he came near the site.

On October 4, 1993, Nick entered into a contract with MaClellan Enterprises for security arrangements.

On October 5, 1993, Nick returned to the site with Ken Lathrop, an employee of MaClellen Enterprises to talk to Mrs. Drolte, the Sanders, the BLM Office and to verify that the site had not been disturbed. During this visit, Nick was the target of gunfire near the treasure site. A cousin of the Sanders told Ken that Fred Drolte had possession of eight bars, which had come from the riverbed below the cavern area

The Evidence
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Historical Narrative