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Drug Enforcement Administration

Do We Really Need The Drug Enforcement Administration?

Jules Horowitz | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Jules Horowitz

It is clear that the DEA has done more damage than good when it comes to drug use in the U.S. From the rise of toxic designer drugs to the billions of dollars wasted fighting on the "war on drugs" to the innocent lives lost because of their carelessness, it is time to cut our losses and shut down the DEA.

Heroin Deaths Are Surging, But The Deadliest Drugs Are Still Pills

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living

Prescription drugs kill more people in the U.S. than any other drug, but heroin overdose deaths have exploded, leading the Drug Enforcement Administra...

DEA Agents Received Bonuses During 'Sex Parties' Investigation

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several employees at the Drug Enforcement Administration received bonuses while they were under investigation in connection with sexual ...

The Same Deadly Fix, Just Cheaper

John Temple | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
John Temple

The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.

Operation Cyber Juice Targets Underground Steroid Labs with Anti-Doping Assistance - But Who Are the Real Users?

Rick Collins | Posted 09.23.2015 | Crime
Rick Collins

It's clear that effective policies and interventions are necessary to deal with the current problems associated with underground steroid labs. But the involvement of WADA and USADA may divert the discussion to tangential issues.

On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

Rob Kampia | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

As with marriage reform, the bulk of the action with marijuana legalization has been at the state level, with most members of Congress hesitant to express support until public opinion moves well past the tipping point. This is starting to change.

Amtrak Passenger Claims DEA Agent Straight Up Stole Money From His Wallet

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

There's legal theft -- and then there's just plain old theft.

$50 Million Worth Of Heroin Seized In New York's Largest Bust Of All Time

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Crime

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Tuesday that it has seized 154 pounds of heroin, worth $50 million, from a secret compartment in a vehic...

Nick Wing

DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man, Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer | Nick Wing | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

After scraping together enough money to produce a music video in Hollywood, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers set out last month on a train trip from Michigan...

DEA Chief Resignation Opportunity to Appoint Reformer

Bill Piper | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

As states legalize marijuana, reform sentencing, and treat drug use more as a health issue and less as a criminal justice issue, the DEA must change with the times. Michele Leonhart's departure is an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the agency and support reform.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart To Resign Amid 'Sex Party' Scandal, Policy Disagreements | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign next month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. D...

Coast Guard Cutter Arrives In U.S. With 14 Tons Of Cocaine

AP | Posted 04.17.2015 | Crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter arrived Thursday in San Diego with more than 14 tons of cocaine, part of what authorities described as a surge...

Matt Ferner

Lawmakers Declare 'No Confidence' In DEA Chief | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers said Wednesday that they have no confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart. Th...

Ryan J. Reilly

None Of The Agents Involved In DEA 'Sex Parties' Were Fired. Some Even Got Promoted. | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration defended herself on Tuesday against charges by skeptical members of Congress that the DE...

Nick Wing

A Former Medellin Cartel Official Has Been A DEA Informant For 27 Years. Now He Wants Out. | Nick Wing | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

After a career on the front lines of the drug war, Carlos Toro is making the biggest gamble of his life.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA, Secret Service Agents Accused Of Stealing Bitcoins During Silk Road Investigation | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two former federal law enforcement agents who investigated an online marketplace used to trade drugs have been arrested and charged with...

Meth Production in Illinois Sees Decrease After Four-Year Increase

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.25.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Had the fictional TV show "Breaking Bad" been set in Illinois or another state in the Midwest, Walter White, aka Heisenberg, would have felt right at home.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Agents Allegedly Hosted Cartel-Funded 'Sex Parties' In Government Quarters | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administration agents stationed abroad attended "sex parties" that were allegedly funded with money from drug cartels, ...

4 Ways the Drug War Harms National Security

James Carli | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
James Carli

Just think of where we could be as a nation if some of the people spending years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense could have, instead, studied sustainable architecture or climate change adaptation?

A Second Even More Unjustifiable Episode of Government Collection of Phone Records

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

In the rush to sensationalize the Paris terrorist attacks and minimize all other news (for example, even more horrendous terrorist attacks in Nigeria), the American media has conveniently overlooked one major ill effect of the public hysteria it is helping to foment.

The Top 10 Marijuana Victories in 2014

Rob Kampia | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Since the Marijuana Policy Project was founded 20 years ago, I've oftentimes written a list of the top 10 victories at the end of each year. 2014 was either the best or second-best year in 20 years, depending on how you weigh the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington in 2012.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Task Force Officer Admits To Soliciting Sexual Favors From Drug Defendants | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.16.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON –- A police officer from Salem, Virginia, on a Drug Enforcement Administration task force out of Roanoke pleaded guilty on Tuesday to sol...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republican Congressman: GOP Needs To 'Wake Up' On Marijuana | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), one of the strongest conservative voices for reforming the government’s approach to cannabis, joined...

Matt Ferner

Feds Raid Multiple Marijuana Grow Operations In Colorado | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

Federal agents along with local Denver police conducted multiple raids on marijuana growing operations around Colorado's capital city Tuesday morning....

Nick Wing

12 Of The Sketchiest Things The DEA Has Ever Done (That We Know Of) | Nick Wing | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

We have the war on drugs to thank for these.