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Nonviolent federal drug offenders could be released early

Washington, D. C. - A federal panel has decided to retroactively apply the new guidelines for sentencing federal inmates. This could send tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders home early.
In the Media by Justin King

Op-Ed: Medical marijuana is the elephant in the room across the world

Washington - Researchers are toiling around the clock to prove marijuana can help people suffering from a dozen diseases, including epilepsy, cancer and neuropathic pain.
In the Media by Robert Weller

'War on Drugs' search warrants and disturbing SWAT trends

SWAT teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants typically related to the War on Drugs and according to a new American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), report, it’s happening in 124 homes every single day.

Woman allegedly hid pound of meth in very private place

San Luis - Authorities allegedly found a pound of meth that a woman was trying to smuggle across the border in her vagina. She was detained and had the meth confiscated.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Mexican drug cartels stay ahead of patrols with spy gear

Mexican cartel lookouts are using both mundane and some advanced technology to tip off their partners. The complicated U.S. border situation has just gotten a bit more complicated.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists say end the drug war

According to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, the decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights.

Two bodies left in front of Central Mexican newspaper

Zacatecas - In what appears to be another attempt to by organized crime to silence freedom of the press in Mexico, the cadavers of a man and a woman were left outside the offices of a newspaper in Guadalupe.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Head of Mexico's Knights Templar cartel captured

The Mexican government confirmed Monday the arrest of Gregorio Abeja Linares, alleged head of the Knights Templar, a drug cartel that operated in at least 10 of the nation's states.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Review: ‘Drug War’ wins the battle hands-down Special

In ‘Drug War,’ a man turns informant to avoid the death penalty after being arrested for running a methamphetamine lab in China.
Digital Journal Report by Sarah Gopaul

Fake film crew jailed in Nicaragua on smuggling charges

Eighteen individuals detained at the Honduran/Nicaraguan border and charged with money laundering and drug-related crimes have been found guilty and sentenced by a Nicaraguan judge.
In the Media by Chris Stewart

President Obama says marijuana not 'top priority'

Washington - In an interview with Barbara Walters, President Obama stated federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors should not make Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana a "top priority" in the war on drugs.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

Cannon propulsion, the new method to smuggle drugs into the US

Drug smugglers, getting more inventive, are using pneumatic-powered cannons to shoot drug canisters to transport drugs across US borders.
In the Media by Can Tran

Bill Clinton says war on drugs not working

As government officials and residents of Washington and Colorado wait to see how the Justice Department and federal law enforcement agencies will respond to the legalization of marijuana, politicians and celebrities are questioning current drug policies.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Hillary Clinton claims legalization not solution to drug war

Washington - Hillary Clinton said that she personally did not think that drug legalization would end the drug problem. She also noted that the administration was formulating a response to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 6 comments

Romney and Obama silent on Mexico drug war during campaign

On the United States presidential campaign trail, foreign policy is a major issue as many topics were brought up. However, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were silent on Mexico's drug war.
In the Media by Can Tran - 2 comments

Deadly shootout at Mexico airport, 3 police officers dead

Three police officers were killed in a deadly shootout at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City yesterday.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 3 comments

Star Trek fans wished Scotty would beam them up from cop problem

Collinsville - Two friends were returning home to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" convention in St Louis. When passing through a small town in Illinois, a police officer pulled them over. They were stuck there for the next hour.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

26 bodies found in Mexican vehicles

Guadalajara - Mexican authorities made the grisly discovery on Wednesday of 26 bodies stuffed inside 3 different abandoned vehicles. The victims are thought to have been murdered by drug gang hitmen.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

Ron Paul talks free markets and the drug war with Jon Stewart

In his third appearance on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on Monday night, Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul explained his Libertarian message on free markets and personal freedom.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Gunfire Interrupts Televised Soccer Game in Mexico (Video)

The televised Santos Laguna-Morelia contest on Saturday night came to a frightening halt when gunshots sent players and fans scurrying for cover.
In the Media by Paul Magno

Entire Mexican Police Force Quits Following Cartel Attacks

With more than 40,000 casualties in the ongoing Mexican drug war, the non-stop battles have already broken down the resolve of most law enforcement officials.
In the Media by Paul Magno - 4 comments

14-Year-Old Cartel Hitman Gets Three Year Prison Sentence

In the latest shocker from Mexico's ongoing drug war, a 14-year-old cartel hit man receives a shockingly lenient sentence for a set of grisly crimes.
In the Media by Paul Magno - 1 comment

Homicides in Mexico jump by 23% in 2010

The National Institute of Statistics released a report showing the homicide rate of Mexico has increased by 23% in 2010, continuing the bad news for Mexican officials as they fight against cartels.
In the Media by Timothy C M Brown

UN high commissioner says US should do more on Mexican violence

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Friday that the United States was not doing enough to prevent drug violence in Mexico.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Op-Ed: Commission Finds War on Drugs has Failed and That Sky is Blue

New York - A commission reported countless lives were lost and over a trillion dollars spent on a drug war that is no closer to being won than when Richard Nixon declared war in 1971. It’s speculated that several panel members observed that the sky was also blue.
In the Media by Kelly Bowlin - 21 comments

Mexican teacher sings with pre-schoolers during drug shootout

Monterrey - In a profound display of leadership skills, a kindergarten teacher in Monterrey’s La Estanzuela barrio led a group of young children through an epic Mexican drug battle, emerging from the far side safe, unfazed and craving for chocolate.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 5 comments

US-Mexico border businesses managing, despite drug war reports Special

El Paso - Drug-related violence in Mexico associated with cartel turf wars is having a huge impact on people living within the great country’s borders, but far away from glaring headlines, data essential for economic development reveals a much brighter picture.
Digital Journal Report by Lynn Herrmann - 4 comments

Death in rehab- Mexican drug kingpins will find you anywhere

Late Wednesday night a group of gunmen broke into a Mexican rehab clinic to 'take out' some of the patients. On Friday the mayor of Mugica was arrested in connection to drug trafficking. Such is the state of the drug wars in Mexico.
In the Media by KJ Mullins

Op-Ed: Warning Signs in Mexico, but First a History of the Car Bomb

As Mexico falls into the grip of narco-terrorists and reports surface of pending car bomb tactics in the troubled country, it is likely worth it to take a quick peek at the history of the car bomb.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

U.S. State Department Issues Warning About Traveling to Mexico

The U.S. State department is warning people traveling to mexico about the potential dangers as the violence along the border increases. In some cases clashes between police and cartels resemble small scale combat.
In the Media by W.V. Fitzgerald - 7 comments
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Cannabis setup inside a residential premises that was discovered by UK police officers
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Freight train along the El Paso-Juárez border, part of the record-setting $71 billion import-export trade in the El Paso district in 2010.
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The corpse of a police chief after a successful assassination by drug cartel gunmen Mexico's Michoacan state.
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