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  • Honduras President: The US War On Drugs Caused The Migrant Crisis

    07/21/2014 10:57:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/21/2014
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Hernandez blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and driving a surge of migration to the United States, according to an interview published on Monday. Hernandez, who took office in January after winning on a pledge to be tough on crime, said only a drop in violence would curb the wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras who have overwhelmed temporary detention facilities on the U.S. border. "Honduras has been living in an emergency for a decade," Hernandez told Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior. "The...
  • Blame the Drug Lords, or Our Warlords?

    07/20/2014 7:43:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Wage war on everything? Expect casualties everywhere. And refugees from all over the place. Continue the wars we admit to be un-winnable and never-ending? Then expect, also, to find new victims cropping up all the time, and in unpredictable corners. New enemies, too. The lesson is: choose your wars carefully. The result of not doing that? The current border crisis: Refugees from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Under-age refugees. Children. Unaccompanied minors from the most recent high impact area of America’s insane “War on Drugs.” Can this really be relevant? Yes. For most of us in America, the War on...
  • Drug charges dropped against prominent Leesburg businessman

    07/11/2014 9:24:19 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 11 replies
    LoudounTimes.com ^ | Jul. 10, 2014 | Crystal Owens
    Drug charges against a prominent Leesburg businessman were dropped today prior to a preliminary hearing in Loudoun County General District Court due to a lack of evidence. Thomas C. Watson, 41, was arrested March 19 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute after police said a package with oxycodone and MDMA was delivered to his Leesburg home. ... “He did not accept the packages - in fact he rejected them. He wrote on the packages 'Return to Sender' and 'Wrong Recipient.' They were placed in his car to take to the post office...
  • Don't let nativism cloud the immigration debate

    07/11/2014 2:57:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 10, 2014 | Shikha Dalmia
    Here’s a question for the proud Americans demanding that the unaccompanied foreign children showing up at our borders be deported: Suppose that one of these “illegal” minors was your neighbor, living with his aunt and uncle, going to school during the day, kicking ball with friends in the evening, trying hard to put the traumatic journey from his native, violence-ridden country to America behind him. Would you, with a clear conscience, pick up the phone and turn him in? If the answer is “no,” then it is time for you to throw out your “Return to Sender” signs. Why? Because...
  • SWAT unit kills St. Paul family's 2 pit bulls in raid

    07/11/2014 7:35:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-10-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    An officer believed they were acting in an aggressive manner," said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a St. Paul police spokesman. "He thought he'd be bit or the dogs would bite one of the team members." Perry and her fiance, Larry L. Arman, said the dogs had been sleeping by the front door and did nothing more than bark when police used a ram to break down the door of their home to execute a search warrant. The warrant wasn't publicly available in court as of Thursday. Perry and Arman said it indicated police were looking for marijuana, drug packaging, weighing equipment,...
  • Yale-educated addiction psychiatrist is charged with making and selling ecstasy

    06/27/2014 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Gordon
    Police in Maryland have charged three people in connection with manufacturing MDMA, commonly referred to as Molly or the drug ecstasy, including a doctor who has a long-standing history of drug problems. Baltimore County cops said a drug investigation led to a search warrant and the arrest of Dr. Priscilla Sheldon-Cost, 51, at a house in Towson. Detectives found chemicals that can be used to manufacture MDMA and ecstasy were being created in a lab in the basement. Some of the substances that were found had even been labelled with MDMA written on it. 'They found chemicals that, when mixed,...
  • A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

    06/25/2014 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 240 replies
    Salon ^ | June 24, 2014 | Alecia Phonesavanh
    After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy. That minivan was sitting in the front driveway of my sister-in-law’s place the night a SWAT team broke in, looking for a small amount of drugs they thought my husband’s nephew had. Some of my kids’ toys were in the front yard,...
  • Why the Cory Booker/Rand Paul Medical Marijuana Amendment Is Right

    06/23/2014 12:17:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    On Friday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) offered a medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the Senate. The bill is a massive win for states’ rights, as it outlaws the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from undermining state marijuana laws and prohibits the DEA from interfering with the production of hemp in states where it is legal. There is simply no reason the federal government should be trampling over state laws to perform armed SWAT-team raids on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Destroying property and hauling entrepreneurs off to jail is not the proper...
  • 2 arrested in connection with growing marijuana plants, St. Tammany sheriff says

    06/08/2014 3:58:44 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 05, 2014 | Bob Warren
    Two people have been arrested in connection with the seizure of 19 marijuana plants, growing equipment and prescription pills at their Mandeville home, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said. Members of the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant May 21 on the home at 543 Cedarwood Drive after receiving information about a man named "Scooby'' selling marijuana at a Mandeville area car wash, the sheriff's office said.Scooby was later identified as Deshun Jones, 25. Detectives observed him at the car wash, then followed him home and arrested him. Jones initially provided authorities with a fake...
  • Rubio: No 'responsible way' to smoke pot

    05/19/2014 12:00:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 19, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said asking whether a politician has ever tried marijuana is a "worthless question" in American politics.Rubio, a potential 2016 candidate for president, has consistently dodged the question about if he experimented with the drug as a younger man. In an interview that aired Monday from ABC News-Yahoo News, Rubio reiterated that answering the question honestly is a lose-lose."Here is the problem with that question in American politics," he said. "If you say that you did, suddenly there are people out there saying it is not a big deal, look at all these successful people who did...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/15/2014 6:44:18 AM PDT · by mgist · 37 replies
    TCS News ^ | 5/4/14 | Randall Stevens
    Obama’s military contracting with Taliban Heroin smugglers in Afghanistan By Randall Stevens TCS NEWS Qatar, NATO, and the NLC Given the Qatari connections to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, terrorism, and the Arab Spring (which was a deliberate program to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda), it is disturbing enough that the American military presence in the Gulf has been adopted by the ruling al-Thanis. But the clear line from Qatar to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and the incredible manifestation of corruption within the US military and NATO is even more glaring. The NLC, the same Taliban heroin...
  • Teen Dies After Police Shoved a Sharp Object Down His Throat to Retrieve Drugs that weren’t there

    05/13/2014 6:23:38 AM PDT · by eccentric · 97 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | May 12, 2014 | Cassius Methyl
    In Huntsville, Alabama police are facing no charges whatsoever after allegedly killing a 17 year old boy while trying to find drugs in his throat with a sharp object. Mainstream media won’t touch the story, and of course, independent media fueled by citizen journalists broke this to the public, releasing the 16 page wrongful death suit filed by the teen’s mother, Nancy Smith. According to the autopsy: “Because of the circumstances of this event, it is difficult to discern if the decedent died from a drug overdose or an asphyxia event exacerbated by either the occlusion of the airway by...
  • Mexican Cartels: They're Here (DOJ tries to hide Mexican link)

    05/07/2014 7:54:45 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 7, 2014 | By Brandon Darbyt
    Alleged enforcers for a Mexican cartel were reportedly involved in the kidnapping and torture of U.S. teenagers over methamphetamine in St. Paul, Minnesota, according to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press. The U.S. Attorney’s office omitted Mexican cartel involvement in their official press release on the case. The official press release was titled, "Four Indicted for Drug Trafficking Crimes Involving a Violent Kidnapping in St. Paul" and only identified the perpetrators as being from U.S. cities. There were no mentions of Mexico, cartels, or even a transnational criminal organization—the DOJ agency simply omitted the vital information amid national discussions of...
  • Michigan Drug 'Mule' Leo Sharp Gets 3 Years on 90th Birthday

    05/07/2014 6:22:29 PM PDT · by workerbee · 27 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/7/14 | Hasani Gittens
    **SNIP** Leo Sharp was hauling 104 bricks of cocaine (over 200 pounds) on a highway near Chelsea, Mich., when he was pulled over in 2011 for an illegal lane change. **SNIP** Sharp received numerous decorations for valor for his service with the Army's 88th Infantry during its nearly year-long march through Italy to Austria in 1944 and 1945, military records show.
  • Justice Dept. broadening criteria for clemency

    04/21/2014 12:46:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:34 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. The new criteria, which will be detailed later this week and are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug offenses, are intended to lead to a reduction in the nation’s federal prison population and also “ensure that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens,” Holder said in a video message. The announcement is part of an ongoing Obama...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes—and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. …
  • Does Marijuana Induce Psychosis?

    04/09/2014 2:53:47 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 115 replies
    Mainstreet.com ^ | April 09, 2014 | Al Lewis
    DENVER (MainStreet) — It's something Colorado's legalized marijuana industry did not want to see: a college student tried a cannabis edible product and inexplicably jumped to his death. ... "There is a groundswell building to repeal it," he said. "It's going to continue to lose support because there are going to be more harms coming from it, large and small." ... "Increasingly, we are contacted by parents, desperate to learn more," he writes on his blog. "Their typical and tragic messages go something like this: "We never knew. We thought marijuana wasn't even addictive and that it was less harmful...
  • Russian Federal Drug Control Service: Russia and US to continue anti-drug cooperation

    03/26/2014 8:01:47 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian and US anti-drug agencies will continue their usual cooperation, the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov said. “This is the first meeting that I’ve chaired under the sanctions regime,” he said on Wednesday. At the same time, he said, “We are not planning to curtail cooperation. Our US colleagues share our view.” “I hope that these are temporary problems,” Ivanov said.
  • "The Five" are for legalizing Marijuana

    03/12/2014 3:19:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 165 replies
    March 13, 2014
    Was just watching the show and they played a clip of Rick Perry saying that Texas has lowered fines for first time offense for marijuana use. So far he has not said he would legalize it. So the members went around the table and all but Beckel (recovering addict) said they were for legalizing marijuana. Dana Pirino said Texas might as well legalize it because Texans are coming into Colorado to legally smoke the stuff. She also said that if a republican wants to get a hand in an audience full of hipsters all they have to say is they...
  • More drivers positive for pot in Washington [State]

    03/07/2014 11:28:57 PM PST · by steve86 · 19 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/7/2014 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE — More drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington in 2013 -- the first full year after the state legalized pot -- but officials so far say there's been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents. The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system -- a jump of just under 25 percent from the year before, even though the patrol had fewer troopers on the road and there was no overall rise in intoxicated driving arrests.
  • America’s police more likely to Menace and Intimidate than Protect and Serve

    03/02/2014 8:26:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 53 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/2/14 | Doug Book
    “In the military mind set, the “drug war” has moved from metaphor to real life, with American streets as the “front,” American citizens as the “enemy” and law enforcement officers as the warriors. At the direction of Congress, the Pentagon has spent the past 20 years providing military hardware free of charge to police departments throughout the nation, all for the stated purpose of fighting the War on Drugs. Billions of dollars worth of “surplus” military grade equipment has been transferred, literally enabling law enforcement in towns both large and small to serve warrants, control crowds and “keep the peace”...
  • Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade

    02/17/2014 11:15:17 AM PST · by gooblah · 41 replies
    As a hard-partying teenager, Patrick Kennedy met President Reagan at a fundraiser for the JFK Library, a meeting captured in a photograph that the former Rhode Island congressman now hangs in his home office. He used to think of it as a funny episode, a collision of Camelot’s cocaine kid and America’s foremost opponent of illegal drug use. But Kennedy took his last hit of anything in 2009, and he’s since honed an anti-drug message that sounds a bit like Reagan with a Boston brogue. Kennedy believes there is "an epidemic in this country of epic dimensions when it comes...
  • The Prison-Industrial Complex

    02/13/2014 6:39:45 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 19 replies
    NRO ^ | 13 Feb 2014 | Conrad Black
    The recent commutation by President Obama of eight lengthy individual sentences for drug abuse is a tiny but significant gesture, as America’s long indulgence, spiked intermittently into passionate support, for draconian hypocrisy in its failed War on Drugs yields grudgingly to the forces of reason and decency. This follows the reduction in the disparity of sentences for crack as opposed to powder cocaine from 100 to one to 18 to one. There are a number of reasons for this change, but the principal one, apart from the absurd starting imbalance, is that the cocaine-using middle-class and university white people are...
  • Gun-toting Mexican vigilantes parade victorious through drugs cartel's stronghold ...

    02/10/2014 8:14:20 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 10, 2014 | Leon Watson
    after seizing control in rare war on drugs triumphVigilantes battling the ruthless Knights Templar drug cartel in Mexico have entered a gang-held city to clear it of gunmen, a leader of the movement said. The group has driven the quasi-religious cartel from a series of towns in the west entered the city of Apatzingan with government forces on Saturday, it was claimed. Dozens of vigilante group members, who wore white t-shirts to identify themselves, were seen speeding into the area in the back of pickup trucks. The city of 100,000 in Michoacan state has been under effective control of the...
  • Are Government Bureaucrats Corrupt and Dishonest?

    01/26/2014 8:31:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t like government bureaucrats. Actually, let me re-phrase that statement. I know lots of people who work for different agencies in Washington and most of them seem like decent people. So maybe what I really want to say is that I’m not a big fan of government bureaucracies and the results they generate. Why? Because a bloated government means overpaid bureaucrats, both at the federal level and state level (and in other nations as well). Because inefficient bureaucracies enable loafing and bad work habits. Because being part of the government workforce even encourages laziness! And it may even be...
  • Lawmaker wants pot off federal drug list

    01/25/2014 3:02:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Ben Goad
    The Justice Department should cross marijuana off the government's list of most dangerous drugs, says a House Democrat now trying to build congressional support for the action. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is making the case to remove pot from the list of "Schedule I" drugs, a day after Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that the Justice Department would adjust existing rules to allow legal marijuana businesses to access the banking system. Recreational pot use became legal in Colorado this month, and 20 other states allow it for medicinal purposes. Blumenauer said the Obama administration was “unquestionably making the right call”...
  • Why Heroin Use Is Skyrocketing Across The US

    01/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PST · by BBell · 68 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | 1/15/14 | Pamela Engel
    Heroin abuse has been getting more attention lately. Last week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin spent his entire 34-minute State of the State address talking about the state's "full-blown heroin crisis," and law enforcement officials in small cities across New England have noted an increase in heroin use. Demand for the drug might be coming from people who are hooked on prescription pills.Health officials and drug experts have started noticing that heroin use has been exploding as states crack down on "pill mills," which get people addicted to Oxycontin and other pain killers even when they don't have a medical need...
  • Cops find cocaine 'in plain view' at Justin Bieber's mansion ....

    01/14/2014 1:34:13 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 97 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 14, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    after police raid in connection with vicious egg attack on neighbor's homeLos Angeles law enforcement officials found cocaine at Justin Bieber's mansion on Tuesday morning when they executed a felony warrant to search the property. The warrant was served at 8am local time and was related to allegations that the singer had been responsible for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in an exclusive gated community in Calabasas, California, last Thursday - causing more than $20,000 worth of damage. Eleven L.A. County Sheriff's patrol cars were spotted entering Bieber's gated community to look for 'video surveillance or other relevant evidence'...
  • How Delaware investigators brought down a violent drug cartel kingpin

    01/14/2014 11:25:25 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 4 replies
    The News Journal (Delaware) | January 11, 2014 | Sean O’Sullivan
    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140112/NEWS01/301120061/A-cargo-plane-a-pickup-modified-to-conceal-dope-and-a-federa
  • City & County Settle New Mexico 'Anal Probe' Lawsuit (Stop Sign Runner Recieves $1.6 Million)

    01/13/2014 6:53:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    KFOX 14 ^ | January 13, 2014 | KFOX 14
    City, county settle NM 'anal probe' lawsuit ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A city and county in southern New Mexico have settled a lawsuit filed by man taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes over suspicion of hiding drugs. Attorney for David Eckert said Monday that Hidalgo County and the city of Deming recently settled their portion of a lawsuit for a total $1.6 million. The lawsuit, filed against police and sheriff's officials in Deming and Hidalgo County, which borders Mexico, alleges Deming police sought a search warrant for Eckert because they thought he appeared to be clenching his...
  • ACLU suing over reported body cavity drug searches (NM - Another invasive search by gov't agents)

    12/19/2013 10:15:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 19, 2013 | Lauren Villagran
    The New Mexico and Texas chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union are suing border officers and a hospital after they allegedly subjected a U.S. citizen to numerous invasive body cavity searches without a warrant. Included in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Texas are four U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and the University Medical Center of El Paso, among others. The lawsuit alleges CBP officers frisked and strip-searched a 54-year-old woman and then delivered her in handcuffs to the hospital, where doctors observed a bowel movement and performed invasive rectal and vaginal probes, among...
  • Deputy put on leave after woman accidentally shot in drug raid

    12/16/2013 9:59:43 PM PST · by heartwood · 24 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 12/15/2013 | Randy Ludlow and Rick Rouan
    A Ross County deputy sheriff has been placed on leave after authorities say he accidentally shot and killed a woman before a drug raid on Wednesday. Sgt. Brett McKnight was identified yesterday as the deputy whose gun went off outside a trailer that members of a drug task force were about to raid as part of a heroin bust. The bullet went through the exterior of the trailer before it struck and killed 35-year-old Krystal Barrows, according to a news release. In the release, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender’s office said that members of the U.S. 23 Task Force were...
  • Forfeiting Credibility: Civil Forfeiture Hurts Law Enforcement, Too

    12/02/2013 9:02:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Rebecca Furdek
    “I’ve always paid my taxes and have never been arrested or charged with any crime in my life. I am a successful small-business man. But in January of this year, I woke up to find that my business’ entire bank account — more than $35,000 — had been wrongly seized.” These are the words of Terry Dehko, who since 1978 has owned Schott’s Supermarket in Fraser, Michigan. His daughter, Sandy, began working with her dad at the store when she was 12, and now helps him run the business. Last year, the IRS conducted an audit of the store, and...
  • Alleged crack-smoking trooper suspended without pay

    11/26/2013 5:14:49 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | November 26, 2013 | Gary J. Remal, Laurel J. Sweet
    A state trooper accused of triggering a three-car crash on Route 1 in Revere that smashed up a cruiser and put an on-duty trooper in the hospital has been suspended indefinitely without pay today, state police announced. Trooper Shawn D’Amato, 43, who authorities said told EMTs he had smoked crack within an hour of yesterday's crash, was arraigned in his Massachusetts General Hospital bed yesterday on charges of drunken and drugged driving, negligent operation; and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle. EMTs also observed "apparent track marks on (D'Amato's) arms, suggesting intravenous drug use," Jake Wark, spokesman for...
  • Cops Subject Man To Rectal Searches, Enemas And A Colonoscopy In Futile Effort To Find Drugs

    11/06/2013 11:30:33 PM PST · by Kegger · 171 replies
    techdirt ^ | Wed, Nov 6th 2013 5:34am | Tim Cushing
    ... David Eckert, a resident of Deming, NM, was pulled over by police officers after failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. For whatever reason, the officers decided Eckert was hiding something, or perhaps they were unsatisfied that a routine stop hadn't blown up into something bigger. ... 1. Eckert's abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found. 2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found. 3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found. 4. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to...
  • Addiction ravaging Afghanistan called ‘a tsunami’

    11/04/2013 4:39:00 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 03, 2013 | Azam Ahmed
    The number of drug users in Afghanistan is estimated to be as high as 1.6 million, or about 5.3 percent of the population, among the highest rates in the world. Nationwide, 1 in 10 urban households has at least one drug user, according to a recent report from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In the city of Herat, it is 1 in 5. From 2005 to 2009, the use of opiates doubled, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, putting Afghanistan on par with Russia and Iran, and the number of heroin users jumped...
  • Tunnel linking US and Mexico found [complete with rail, lights and ventilation]

    10/31/2013 4:05:07 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 31 October 2013 Last updated at 17:16 ET
    A drug-smuggling tunnel equipped with electricity, ventilation and a rail system has been found connecting San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. Authorities seized more than eight tons of marijuana and 325lb (147kg) of cocaine in the discovery. Officials have not revealed the exact length or location of the recently finished tunnel, but Mexican media report it is near Tijuana's airport. More than 75 such secret tunnels have been discovered since 2008.
  • Nation's Capital Moves to Decriminalize Pot Possession

    10/31/2013 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Decriminalize marijuana possession before legalizing it, says a man who wants to be the next mayor of Washington, D.C. City Councilman Tommy Wells, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would fine people a maximum of $100 for possessing less than an ounce of pot in the nation's capital. The city passed a medical marijuana law in 1998, but Congress didn't approve that measure until 2009. Wells told WMAL-Radio on Tuesday that he's "open to legalization," but he sees "decriminalization" as the first step. He also said he doesn't envision a city full of stoned federal workers: "Legalization...
  • FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

    10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 132 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.
  • Uruguay official: legal pot for $1 per gram

    10/21/2013 8:11:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
    Uruguay’s drug czar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 per gram to combat drug-trafficking, according to a local newspaper. The plan to create a government-run legal marijuana industry has passed the lower house of Congress, and President Jose Mujica expects to push it through the Senate soon as part of his effort to explore alternatives in the war on drugs. The measure would make Uruguay the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers. …
  • US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent

    10/15/2013 4:46:39 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10 Oct 2013 | William La Jeunesse & Lee Ross
    Few remember Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena, the DEA agent killed in the line of duty almost 30 years ago, when the War on Drugs was the talk of Washington. "On February 7, 1985, Special Agent Camarena was kidnapped by the traffickers," then First Lady Nancy Reagan somberly told a room full of anti-drug advocates. "He was tortured and beaten to death." Camarena's killer was sentenced to 40 years in jail. Now, he's free after serving only 28 years. And those who knew the agent and became close to his family are fighting to see that his story is not forgotten. "I...
  • Law Enforcement Resources Should Be Used to Protect against Real Crimes

    10/13/2013 6:45:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a very straight-laced guy. Some would even say boring. I’ve never done drugs, for instance. But not because they’re illegal. I’ve never done drugs for the reason that I’ve never smoked cigarettes. Just doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do. And I encourage friends and family to have the same approach. "Why Are So Many Violent Criminals Walking Free?" | LearnLibertyBut this isn’t about cost-benefit analysis. Watch this powerful video from Reason TV about how one family has been victimized by drug prohibition. Riverside Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying PotNow ask yourself what purpose it served...
  • Flesh-Eating Drug ‘Krokidil’ Hits Chicago Yet DEA, Liberals Remain Unaware

    10/12/2013 3:43:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2013 | John Ransom
    A designer street drug made in Russia has hit the Chicago area according to a drug rehab doctor in Joliet, Illinois. The doctor has said that he’s seen as many as three patients who are suffering extreme effects of the drug. Those effects include scaly lesions, rotting flesh, gangrene and, eventually, death. Some reckon the life expectancy of chronic users at two years. Made by combining codeine with gasoline and other toxics, Krokidil (Russian for crocodile) is many times more potent than morphine and three times more potent than heroin, with withdrawal symptoms beginning shortly after the one and a...
  • Up in smoke: Police burn more than a ton of cocaine confiscated from Dominican Republic drug lords

    10/11/2013 1:32:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:51 EST, 11 October 2013 | Emma Thomas
    Holy smoke! Police set light to $250 million of cocaine seized from an international organized crime ring. Armed officers stood by as others burned 2,551 lbs of the Class A drug inside a military base in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. According to the attorney general, the 1.2-ton haul was confiscated from a drug smuggling gang in a recent police operation in Peravia Province. …
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Convention Draws Thousands to D.C.

    09/21/2013 8:27:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The AFRO ^ | Byron Scott, special to the AFRO
    If numbers make an event a success, then day two of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual convention was just that. The halls and conference rooms of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. were filled with attendees who sat in on policy sessions, made plans to attend a bevy of social functions, and networked with other convention-goers. The CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference is a gathering of African-American industry leaders, policy makers, elected officials and citizens. More than 70 policy sessions were planned for the four-day event, which began Sept. 18. As the convention unfolded, events took...
  • Records show vet denied right to buy gun over 1971 pot charge was never convicted

    09/01/2013 2:09:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Narco Confidential ^ | August 30, 2013 | Dane Schiller
    Ron Kelly didn’t do it, even if he thought he did. Kelly, who lives in Tomball, was outraged a few months ago when he failed a computerized background check required to buy a gun over a minor pot charge from 1971. At the time of the rejection, he insisted that he’d been convicted of a misdemeanor, not a felony, and there was no justification for denying a right that he defended with a 20-year career in the Army. This is a portion of a June 25, 2013 letter from the FBI to Ron Kelly letting him know about what appeared...
  • The biggest obstacles to medical marijuana are Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court

    08/14/2013 6:25:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 5, 2012. | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog The biggest current obstacles to medical marijuana are President Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court I’m a libertarian, and I think that both medical and recreational marijuana should be legal. That being said, I myself have never smoked marijuana, or tobacco, or been drunk, or used any illegal drug. I do, however, think that it’s completely ridiculous to put non-violent people in jail for using mind altering substances. And I especially detest the idea of the government preventing people from using a medical treatment which has been proven in scientific studies to be beneficial...
  • Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

    08/11/2013 11:08:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 12, 2013 12:07 AM EDT | Pete Yost
    Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes, divert people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs and expand a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders. In remarks prepared for delivery Monday to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder said he is mandating a change to Justice Department policy so that low-level, non-violent drug offenders with no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels won’t be charged with...
  • Father of foster child who died speaks to KVUE .

    08/09/2013 7:47:38 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://www.kvue.com ^ | 08/01/2013 | by KRIS BETTS
    ROUND ROCK -- He never thought his visit with her Thursday, July 25 would be his last. “We got to sit down at McDonalds and have lunch and play for a while,” said Round Rock resident Joshua Hill. “She got a little 'Despicable Me 2' toy in her happy meal and she loved it. She kept climbing up in my lap and she fed me french fries.” But on Monday night, Hill’s daughter Alexandria, or Alex as they liked to call her, was rushed to a Rockdale hospital with severe head injuries, then flown to Scott and White Children’s Emergency...
  • Student Forgotten in DEA Holding Cell Gets $4.1M (4 1/2 Days w/o Food, Water, Toilet Facilities)

    07/30/2013 6:54:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | July 30, 2013 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Student forgotten in DEA holding cell gets $4.1M SAN DIEGO — A UCSD student scooped up in a drug raid and left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for 4 1/2 days without food or water will get $4.1 million to settle his claims, his attorneys announced Tuesday. Daniel Chong, 25, was among seven people detained in an April 21, 2012, raid on a University City home. Chong, an student at UCSD, was handcuffed and put in 5-by-10-foot cell, by an officer who told him, “Hang tight. We’ll come get you in a minute,” his attorney Julia Yoo said....