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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘War on Drugs’

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Hometown Fans Remember Him A Year After His Death

It’s been a year since actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away after overdosing from a cocktail of drugs and fans are still mourning the loss of a talented character actor. Hoffman’s hometown in Fairport, New York remembers the actor as a happy kid who was “really living and burning brightly and having fun.” Hoffman’s teachers in Fairport High School remember …

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Mexican Cartel Sinaloa’s Leader Guzman Arrested

According to a senior law enforcement official, a man alleged to be the world’s most powerful drug lord is now in custody. The Associated Press is reporting that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, was captured overnight through the teamwork of Mexican and American authorities. Guzman was said to have been apprehended at a condominium in Mazatlan, …

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School Drug Testing Doesn’t Work, Shows Study

Though states such as Colorado and Washington are easing up on marijuana, the war on drugs is still in full force throughout the U.S. As part of the drug war, many high schools across the country test students for drugs. New research, however, shows that such programs are not only not effective, but could have the opposite of their intended …

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Obamacare Heroin: Someone’s Idea Of A Joke?

If you’re in the drug-trafficking business, usually there comes a time when you decide it’s not enough to call what you’re selling by its common name. In this case, heroin. The usual suspects (“Big H”, “smack”, etc.) aren’t working for you either. So why not come up with a unique reference that will make your illegal product stand out from …

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Canadian Travel Scam Turns Australian Couples into Drug Mules

The Australian reports that a Perth couple were conned into being drug mules by a bogus Canadian travel agency. It all looked legit, at least on the surface. A 72-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife entered a sweepstakes for a bargain holiday to Canada, and ended up back in Australia with 3.5kg in crystal meth rocks instead of their original …

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Drug Cartel Leader Shot… By Clown

Reuters and The New York Post have both reported that one of Mexico’s most powerful ex-drug lords was shot by children’s clowns as he attended a party in Cabo San Lucas. A former Tijuana Cartel boss, the 63-year-old Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix sustained a bullet to the head at point-blank range during a family gathering at the Los Cabos resort …

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Justice Dept: ATF Lost 420 Million Cigarettes in Botched Stings

An audit newly released by the U.S. Department of Justice has made public a series of mistakes from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, including 2.1 million missing cigarette cartons (or 420 million cigarettes) which disappeared during a series of stings, and almost $5 million was paid to an informant… for no documented reason. The Washington Post quoted …

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Colorado Marijuana Law: Feds Won’t Block It!

A Colorado CBS local affiliate reported that the Obama administration has announced that it will not sue states like Washington and Colorado for violating federal law, although it “reserves the right” to sue them later if it wants. The Denver Post cites an official memo that was sent out. You can read the memo for yourself here, but it essentially …

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165 Rescued: Kidnapper Caught Near U.S. Border

Mexican authorities this week rescued 165 kidnapped people near the U.S.-Mexican border. According to a Reuters report, the kidnapped people were mostly Central American migrants, and included women and children. Groups of them were reportedly attempting to cross the border into the U.S. when they were kidnapped by gunman and held less than a mile from the border, in a …

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U.S.-Canada Border Shooting Suspect Arrested

The U.S. border with Canada is generally more peaceful than the U.S. border with Mexico, but an incident this week shows that the northern border is also used for drug smuggling. A drug bust that took place this week in both Washington state and British Columbia means that parties in the Northwest U.S. will be a bit more demure over …

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Drug Bust: 100 Arrested in Connecticut Crackdown

There are many places in the U.S. associated with the illegal drug trade, but the state of Connecticut isn’t usually mentioned as one of those places. However, U.S. officials demonstrated this week the the U.S. war on drugs extends to the Northeast as well. Reuters is reporting that around 100 people were arrested today in connection with heroin and cocaine …

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