war on drugs

Legalized Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

What Does Uruguay's Pot Legalization Mean For US War On Drugs?

Flickr Photo/Linda

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.

Border To Border Drugs, Part Four
8:56 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Law Enforcement, Truckers Try To Keep Ahead Of Smugglers

Nicholas McVicker

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:31 pm

For drug smugglers, getting a truckload of illegal narcotics past border authorities means potentially huge profits.

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Border To Border Drugs, Part Three
11:41 am
Wed October 9, 2013

San Diego Is Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth

Jill Replogle Fronteras

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 4:22 pm

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.

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. On the other, trying to stop drugs and other illegal cargo from getting into the U.S.

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Border To Border Drugs, Part Two
9:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Drug Cartels Thrive On Ultimate Consumers: Addicts

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 3:20 pm

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.

This export industry is evolving. Drug experts say heroin is back on the rise, fueled in part by prescription drug abuse. And while the supply side of the business may change, the demand remains strong.

"I was in love with it from the very beginning"

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Border To Border Drugs, Part One
3:50 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Drugs, Guns And Money: Anatomy Of A West Coast Trafficking Ring

Court Exhibit: US v. Anchondo

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 4:23 pm

Mexican drug cartels operate an illicit export business that depends on freeways that run from California and Arizona to Canada. 

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

U.S. 'Ought To Respect' State Marijuana Laws, Sen. Leahy Says

Sen. Patrick Leahy is calling on the Justice Department to state its position on marijuana's legal status. Here, a man inspects a shirt depicting the U.S. flag made of marijuana symbols, at a medical marijuana show in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

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.

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Author Interviews
9:50 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year in prison.
Jessica Miglio Netflix

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:18 am

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.

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.

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War On Drugs
9:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

From The Front Lines Of Mexico's Drug War

'El Narco' by Ioan Grillo.
Credit Courtesy Bloomsbury Press

Since 2006, more than 40,000 soldiers, police officers, traffickers and citizens have died in Mexico’s bloody drug war — from the mountains where pot and poppies are grown to the streets of Mexico City. Journalist Ioan Grillo tracks the rise of the cartels and their increasing influence north of the border in his book, "El Narco." He joins Steve Scher with a report from the front lines of the Mexican drug war.

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