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Drug Trafficking

Jail Guards Accused Of Drug Trafficking

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) - Three guards at New York City's Rikers Island Correctional Facility have been indicte...

The Story of Exodus (... the One From Central America)

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Once upon a time, there was a great and powerful country to the north. The country was having problems with foreigners who had illegally crossed its borders and formed gangs to defend themselves against local, more established gangs.

The Youngest Victims of the Drug War at Home and Abroad

asha bandele | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
asha bandele

Perhaps the terrible truth of drug war violence will finally be addressed as all of America bore witness this summer to the horror of some 52,000 unaccompanied children who were fleeing devastating violence that had erupted in Central America.

Honduras: A Nation of Refugees

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Gaining refugee status would be good news for the migrants, because it would mean they would not automatically be deported to their home countries. Instead, they would receive international protection.

Dear Tea Party, America's Addiction to Illegal Drugs and Cheap Labor Causes Illegal Immigration

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It's against the law to buy $28 billion of cocaine and it's against the law to hire illegal immigrants to pick our crops, but we do both. It's time to face the reality that we've caused the border crisis.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

Giving International Drug Policies a Chance to Turn the Tide

Ruth Dreifuss | Posted 06.23.2014 | 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.

Sex And Drugs Add $16.7 Billion To Britain's Economy

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business

By David Milliken LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) - They already know what rock'n'roll is worth, so now Britain's statisticians are getting ...

Colombia: Peace and Drugs

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Lisa Haugaard

The peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrillas reached the halfway mark on May 16, 2014 with a ground-breaking agreement on how to treat drug production and trafficking.

Oklahoma Tackles the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Adam Banner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and both the number of prescription drug sales and the number of prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Are doctors to blame?

How the Pentagon Views Threats in Latin America

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

On February 26, General John F. Kelly, Commander of the United States Southern Command, presented Southcom's annual "Posture Statement" to the House Armed Services Committee. The Posture Statement surveys threats and concerns in the command's Area of Operations, in this case, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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.