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Drug Trafficking

Foreign Drug Mules Trapped In Peru On Parole

AP | CARLA SALAZAR and FRANK BAJAK | Posted 02.13.2014 | Latino Voices

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Profuse sweating betrayed Nicole Bartscher's internal panic over having 10 pounds of cocaine strapped to her body as she negotiate...

So Where Does Bitcoin Go From Here?

Mary Buffett | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Mary Buffett

It's fair to say that it has been a couple of rough months for Bitcoin, the once ballyhooed Internet currency. Just as it moved from the shadows into...

Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
Avinash Tharoor

The hypocrisy of the role that banks play in the drug trade is particularly disgraceful when considering the recent system of marijuana regulation that was introduced in Colorado.

Colorado Airport Bans Marijuana Possession

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Recreational marijuana will be legal for adults to buy on Jan. 1, 2014, but those adults will not be able to fly out of the state from Denver's main a...

Fake Reporters To Return Home

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2014 | Media

(Updates with comment from Mexican authorities in fourth paragraph) By Ivan Castro MANAGUA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Eighteen...

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 ...

Former UN Head Kofi Annan and Former President of Brazil Cardoso Call for Decriminalization of Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tony Newman

Annan and Cardoso have delivered a devastating critique on the failed war on drugs and are calling on governments to adopt more humane and effective ways of controlling and regulating drugs.

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-...

Is Bolivia the New Afghanistan, or Is O'Grady From The WSJ Delusional?

Violeta Ayala | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Violeta Ayala

Her eye-catching title reads, "Bolivia's decent into rogue state status," but what does that mean? A rouge state is a country that has broken international law and poses a threat to the security of other nations.

Sister of Border Agency Leader Pleads Guilty to Human Smuggling Charge

Andrew Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Andrew Becker

Tammy Leigh Stephens, 52, of Phoenix, admitted in U.S. District Court in Tucson to aiding and abetting an illegal entry.

FBI's Big Win In Puerto Rico

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 10.02.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The FBI said Tuesday that is has dismantled a powerful drug trafficking organization in Puerto...

Marijuana Cops Having Fun In The Forests

Jeffrey Dean Schwartz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Crime
Jeffrey Dean Schwartz

t is ludicrous we waste so much time, energy, manpower and money on marijuana eradication as if it the money flows from a fountain while meth, heroin and child molestation destroy our children.

Former Soldier Enters Plea In Assassination Plot

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 09.30.2013 | Crime

NEW YORK -- A former U.S. soldier nicknamed Rambo pleaded not guilty Saturday to charges he plotted with phony Colombian drug traffickers to kill a fe...

Guatemalan President Praises Colorado and Washington for Marijuana Legalization at UN Speech

Daniel Robelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Daniel Robelo

Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the UN General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world's leaders to experiment with "new models" for controlling drugs.

Honduras: Oh Hell... Extortion

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

The problem of drug trafficking in Honduras appears to be on the decline, at least if you take the word of Arturo Corrales, the country's so-called "Super-Minister" of Defense and security.

The Mob Museum: The Connection Between At-Risk Youth and Organized Crime

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.20.2013 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

The voices that I was most fascinated by were those at-risk youth who would become the muscle of the mob -- not unlike the at-risk teenagers who are sucked up by the drug industry.

Honduras: Impending Military Police State?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

The question is, "Will Hondurans really be safer with thousands of military police walking around armed to the teeth?" Given the history of the military in Honduras and other Latin American countries, it is right to be worried about the answer.

$822 Million Of Coke, Heroin, Pot Seized By Europol

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2013 | World

AMSTERDAM, July 3 (Reuters) - About 30 tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana with a street value of $822 million was seized in Central America and...

PHOTOS: Iran Burns 100 Tons Of Drugs In Annual Ceremony

AP | Posted 06.26.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs Wednesday, some in a Tehran ceremony attended by officials and foreign dignitaries, to ...

What This Loving Husband Did For His Wife Might Land Him In Prison

Posted 06.15.2013 | Fifty

A South Carolina man could face years in prison for drug trafficking after investigators found 137 marijuana plants growing in his backyard last month...

Sequester the Drug War: Drug Control Spending and the Opportunity to Stop Throwing Good Money After Bad

Leo Beletsky | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

By slashing anti-drug programs we know are not working, we can save hundreds of billions, while also reducing the collateral human costs of these programs at home and abroad.

U.S. Ignores South America: Introduction

Jerry Nelson | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Jerry Nelson

Secretary of State John Kerry got into a little political dust up recently when he referred to Latin America as the United States' "backyard."

Time to Explore How to Regulate Drugs

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

After more than four decades of a failed war on drugs, calls for a change in strategy are growing louder by the day. In Latin America, the debate is positively deafening.

Soldiers for Good Cops: Not a Bad Deal for Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Let's assume we're talking about a total of 34,500 police officers and military personnel. If we assume that they're receiving an average monthly wage of US $350, then the Honduran government has to come up with slightly over US $12 million a month to pay these people.

Rethinking Policing in the Age of AIDS

Aleksandr Zelichenko | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Aleksandr Zelichenko

Good drug policy is good AIDS policy. Drug users and sex workers benefit more from services than from beatings and prison. And as law enforcement officials committed to protecting the public, we can support public health.