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DEA Acknowledges Keeping Secret Phone Records

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration has formally acknowledged that it maintained a sweeping database of phone calls made from the ...

Friday Talking Points -- An Alternate Reality to Consider

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The talking points flying around this week have all been on a single subject -- the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier captured in the war in Afghanistan.

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Should Resign

Bill Piper | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

DEA Administrator Leonhart is virtually the only person left who still zealously supports the failed war on drugs. The U.S. and the rest of the world are moving toward an approach that prioritizes public health and legal regulation -- but she remains hopelessly committed to the failed war-on-drugs approach.

Holder Outlines Plan To Address 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder promised Monday to address the recent rise in heroin overdoses with enhanced enforcement and treatment initiatives in his...

Drug War Tactics Inconsistent With Law Enforcement Ethics

Diane Goldstein | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Diane Goldstein

During my law enforcement career I became increasingly cynical as my profession showed me the dark side of human nature. But today my cynicism turned to a lack of respect for the professional drug warriors also known as the Drug Enforcement Agency.

State's Hemp Law Sparks Risky Situation

AP | LISA RATHKE | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

WAITSFIELD, Vt. -- Some Vermont farmers want to plant hemp now that the state has a law setting up rules to grow the plant, a cousin of marijuana that...

PHOTOS: Woman's Massive Marijuana Operation Busted In Queens

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 08.05.2013 | New York

SCARSDALE, N.Y. — She lived in a big house in a manicured suburb, took riding lessons on her $10,000 horse and drove a Mercedes. But Andrea Sand...

Obama's Drug Problem

William Chambliss | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
William Chambliss

Law-enforcement agencies are themselves "addicted" to drugs. They have grown dependent on the crime-fighting statistics generated by drug arrests. The employment of prison staff depends on extraordinary rates of incarceration.

Lucia Graves

Federal Court To Mull Marijuana As Medicine | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

It started with a coalition of disgruntled Americans, then a handful of governors took up the cause last year, and now -- for the first time in nearly...

Drug Cartels Follow Mexican Immigrants Into Middle America

The Huffington Post | Victoria Infante | Posted 08.31.2012 | Latino Voices

Hidden on private property in Wilmington, North Carolina, Federal agents found a plot of 2,400 marijuana plants in June 2009. The growers, who had...

The Fallacy of the DEA: Why the Agency Needs to Concede to Legal Marijuana

Jamie Haase | Posted 09.08.2012 | Crime
Jamie Haase

Unfortunately for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the organization is single minded for the most part, meaning there's no backup plan should Americans one day decide to do away with prohibition altogether.

DEA Agent Kills Suspected Trafficker In Honduras

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 08.24.2012 | World

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote n...

Democrat Slams DEA Chief Over Marijuana Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics

Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, ducked a tough line of questioning from Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday, re...

DEA Embroiled In Prostitution Scandal

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 07.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department inspector general's office was investigating possible misconduct by two or more Drug Enforcement Administration a...

Honduran Area Wants DEA To Leave After Deadly Operation

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 07.17.2012 | World

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Bullets flew as U.S. helicopters swooped toward a river boat. Honduran national police rappelled to the ground and local...

Why We Fight for Medical Cannabis - and How Congress Can Help Us Win

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Steph Sherer

My friend is still alive. Marijuana will not reverse the course of her illness, but thanks to high-quality cannabis products, she is alert enough to talk to her friends and family for what may be the last time.

State Legislature OKs Hemp Farming

AP | Posted 03.08.2012 | Green

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire House is giving the nod to hemp farmers after passing a bill to protect industrial hemp from being tagged as an ill...

DEA Raids Artist Mecca On Suspected Pot Bust

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 02.03.2012 | Detroit

Federal drug enforcement agents raided part of a Detroit warehouse known for its market and artist studios, and more recently its medical marijuana fa...

Colo. Springs-Chicago Drug Ring Busted

Posted 01.07.2012 | Denver

In a federal and joint police force investigation, authorities have recovered over 140 pounds of marijuana believed to be used for trafficking Colorad...

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Expands War On Drugs

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 07.29.2013 | World

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration now has five commando-style squads it has been quietly deploying to Western Hemisphere nations that ...

DEA's Aspen Cocaine Informant May Have Had Name Leaked

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.27.2011 | Denver

A late-May drug bust in Aspen, Colorado that put the kibosh on a cocaine smuggling operation has led to increased tension between law-enforcement offi...

Senators Target Internet Narcotics Trafficking Site Silk Road

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

(AP) ALBANY, N.Y. — Two U.S. senators said Sunday they will ask federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the In...

DEA Bans Chemicals Used In Synthetic Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

Fake weed could be going up in smoke. The Drug Enforcement Administration has placed five chemicals used to manufacture synthetic marijuana product...

WikiLeaks Cables: DEA Transformed Into Global Intelligence Organization

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and a...

The DEA's New Tool Against Crime

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Zack Isaacs

There's a new job skill that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is requiring of a few agents: how to speak Ebonics. And that's probably because it is not usually taught in schools.