war on drugs http://kuow.org en What Does Uruguay's Pot Legalization Mean For US War On Drugs? http://kuow.org/post/what-does-uruguays-pot-legalization-mean-us-war-drugs <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Bruce Bagley, professor of international studies at University of Miami, about the legalization of pot in Uruguay what this means for the US war on drugs abroad. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:47:11 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 25370 at http://kuow.org What Does Uruguay's Pot Legalization Mean For US War On Drugs? Law Enforcement, Truckers Try To Keep Ahead Of Smugglers http://kuow.org/post/law-enforcement-truckers-try-keep-ahead-smugglers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091713JR_BorderToBorder-CONTRABANDcorrected_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>For drug smugglers, getting a truckload of illegal narcotics past border authorities means potentially huge profits.<p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:56:05 +0000 Jill Replogle 21667 at http://kuow.org Law Enforcement, Truckers Try To Keep Ahead Of Smugglers San Diego Is Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth http://kuow.org/post/san-diego-biggest-entry-point-mexican-meth <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091313JR_BorderToBorder-PORT_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>More than 70 percent of methamphetamine illegally trafficked into the U.S. passes through U.S.-Mexico border crossings in the San Diego area. That’s despite laws in both countries designed to crack down on the drug.<p>Customs and Border Protection agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry face a tough balancing act. Facilitating international trade and travel on the one hand. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:41:00 +0000 Jill Replogle 21666 at http://kuow.org San Diego Is Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth Drug Cartels Thrive On Ultimate Consumers: Addicts http://kuow.org/post/drug-cartels-thrive-ultimate-consumers-addicts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091313CL_BorderToBorder-MARKET1_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Drug cartels are doing big business up and down the West Coast. When you go by freeway, you’re driving a Silk Road of sorts for heroin, meth and cocaine.<p>This export industry is evolving. Drug experts say heroin is back on the rise, fueled in part by prescription drug abuse. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 21665 at http://kuow.org Drug Cartels Thrive On Ultimate Consumers: Addicts Drugs, Guns And Money: Anatomy Of A West Coast Trafficking Ring http://kuow.org/post/drugs-guns-and-money-anatomy-west-coast-trafficking-ring <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091313AJ_BorderToBorder-RING_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Mexican drug cartels operate an illicit export business that depends on freeways that run from California and Arizona to Canada.&#160;<p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:50:13 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21664 at http://kuow.org Drugs, Guns And Money: Anatomy Of A West Coast Trafficking Ring U.S. 'Ought To Respect' State Marijuana Laws, Sen. Leahy Says http://kuow.org/post/us-ought-respect-state-marijuana-laws-sen-leahy-says The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he's done waiting for answers about how the Justice Department will handle marijuana offenses in states that have legalized small amounts of the drug.<p>Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy has asked Attorney General Eric Holder or his deputy to appear at a <a href="http://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/leahy-sjc-will-hold-hearing-on-federal-and-state-marijuana-laws-in-september">Sept. 10 hearing on Capitol Hill</a> — and to be prepared to state the Obama administration's policy on the issue. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:20:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 19274 at http://kuow.org U.S. 'Ought To Respect' State Marijuana Laws, Sen. Leahy Says Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story http://kuow.org/post/behind-new-black-real-pipers-prison-story Piper Kerman was a 24-year-old Smith College graduate in 1993, when she flew to Belgium with a suitcase of money intended for a West African drug lord.<p>This misguided adventure started when she began a romantic relationship with a woman who was part of what Kerman describes as a "clique of impossibly stylish and cool lesbians in their mid-30s." That woman was involved in a drug-smuggling ring, and got Kerman involved, too, though Kerman left that life after several months.<p>Five years later, Kerman was named as part of the drug ring and, in February 2004, she reported to the Federal Correct Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:50:00 +0000 editor 18425 at http://kuow.org Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story From The Front Lines Of Mexico's Drug War http://kuow.org/post/front-lines-mexicos-drug-war <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 2006, more than 40,000 soldiers, police officers, traffickers and citizens have died in Mexico’s bloody drug war —&nbsp;f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom the mountains where pot and poppies are grown to the streets of Mexico City.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Journalist </span><a href="http://ioangrillo.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ioan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Grillo</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;tracks the rise of the cartels and their increasing influence north of the border in his book, "El Narco." </span>He joins Steve Scher with a&nbsp;report from the front lines of the Mexican drug war.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Jenna Montgomery 6687 at http://kuow.org From The Front Lines Of Mexico's Drug War