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REPORT: Mexican Drug Lord Captured

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Military special forces grabbed alleged cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva during a lightning raid at a restaurant Wednesday, the...

37 Tons of David Victorson: A Tale of Ballsy Redemption

The Fix | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime
The Fix

"In a time of universal deceit," George Orwell once said, "telling the truth is a revolutionary act." That maxim certainly applies to David Victorson's book, 37 Tons.

Giving International Drug Policies a Chance to Turn the Tide

Ruth Dreifuss | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Ruth Dreifuss

If just a small fraction of the money spent each year on drug-related law enforcement globally -- about $100 billion per year -- was re-directed towards drug-related health and social services, countless lives would be saved.

Police Destroy Over 40 Tons Of Marijuana In Lawless Albanian Village

AP | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have so far destroyed some 43 tons of marijuana and 133,000 cannabis plants in a lawless southern vi...

New York Becoming The Center Of Heroin Trade

www.nytimes.com | Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime

The flood of heroin coming into and going out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, alarming law enforcement off...

Illegal Drugs and Science: The Forgotten Link

Brian Min | Posted 02.03.2014 | Teen
Brian Min

Currently, at least 125 million people use marijuana, 14 million people use amphetamines, 12 million people use opioids, and 14 million people use cocaine. Illegal drugs have a plethora of negative impacts.

Taipei Seizes $300 MILLION In Heroin

China Post | Lauly Li | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Taipei (The China Post/ANN) -The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office yesterday morning busted Taiwan's ...

Rising Tide Of Drug Trafficking Rocks Caribbean

AP | DANICA COTO and DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 11.04.2013 | World

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Assault rifles at the ready, police in a speedboat scan the coastline as they slice through the slate-...

Caribbean Drug Trade Flourishes Under New Generation Of 'Cocaine Cowboys'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Tom Brown MIAMI, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The Caribbean is becoming a hot spot again for drug smuggling into the United States as a new g...

U.S. Counter-Drug Mission Plane Crashes In Colombia

AP | VIVIAN SEQUERA | Posted 12.06.2013 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia — BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed Saturday in a remote, jungle region of norther...

Mexico Says It Will Detain 'Queen Of The Pacific'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 09.30.2013 | World

Mexico will detain Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the "Queen of the Pacific" for her links to the drug trade, after the United States deports her, an ...

After 40-Year Fight, Illicit Drug Use at All-Time High

Annabelle Buggle | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Annabelle Buggle

Despite aggressive policies and enforcement actions against every link in the chain of producers, distributors and users, the illicit trade has become more prolific than ever, exacting a painful toll on every area of society it touches.

'Chepe' Handal Named First Major Honduran Drug Kingpin

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

The U.S. Treasury Department's recent designation of "Chepe" Handal as a key Honduran drug kingpin represents a boon for efforts to dismantle narco-trafficking networks in Honduras dominated by Mexico's Sinaloa and Zetas cartels.

Why Drug Seizures Aren't Working

VOXXI | Rocio Gonzalez | Posted 01.31.2013 | Latino Voices

Last year, only a small fraction of illegal drugs was seized in Central America compared to the amount that made its way into the United States, and a...

The Drug Trafficking Heart Of The Caribbean

VOXXI | Posted 01.23.2013 | Latino Voices

The Dominican Republic continues to be the main command center for drug trafficking in the Caribbean region, with an increase in the past two years of...

LOOK: Sophisticated Drug Tunnels Baffle Investigators

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT and JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 07.14.2012 | Los Angeles

TIJUANA, Mexico -- Three sophisticated drug tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation – including one with a railcar system – have be...

A Venezuelan Judge's Amazing Story

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Joel D. Hirst

It is time to use the full weight of the United States government to bring an end to the drug activity in Venezuela, and protect the beleaguered opposition which it is now clear is simply being silenced and sidelined by a criminal government.

America's Missed Opportunities in Latin America

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.16.2012 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Latin America presents enormous opportunities for the U.S. in terms of economic and political cooperation, but we continue to squander these opportunities as we squabble among ourselves over issues like immigration and drug policies.

The Central American Presidents Legalization Meeting? A Big Fat Nothingburger

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2012 | World
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

These countries are pleading with the international community for cooperation and real solutions. Not only is legalization a nonstarter for them, it is insulting to them that we think their problems could be solved by such a policy.

Stuffed Animal Maker Allegedly A Front For Money Laundering

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business

LOS ANGELES — Two sisters who ran a Los Angeles toy company were sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in federal prison for their role in ...

Venezuela Hands Over Most-Wanted Drug Lord

AP | Posted 02.14.2012 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela handed a top Colombian drug trafficking suspect to U.S. authorities on Thursday, deporting him to face charges of...

Honduras Becomes Regional Cocaine Hub

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 12.31.2011 | World

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — On Honduras' swampy Mosquitia coast, entire villages have made a way of life off the country's massive cocaine transship...

How Africa's Drug Trade Made 'Queen Of Khat' So Rich

Die Welt/Worldcrunch | Philipp Hedemann | Posted 10.31.2011 | World

For many Africans khat is a stimulant drug that also stills hunger pangs. But the world's biggest seller of khat doesn't fit the typical profile of a ...

Chicago Gang Rivals Band Together To Control Neighborhood Drug Trade

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

At first glance, the intersection of Lexington and Pulaski doesn't look very prosperous. Ugly, empty lots anchor two of the corners. There's a yell...

Mexican Artists Respond To Violence With New Work

AP | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | Posted 08.31.2011 | Arts

MEXICO CITY — Dozens of plastic foam heads rain onto the stage. Four drug traffickers in fringed jackets and sparkly pink cowboy hats bat them i...