First-ever U.S. Indictments of Chinese Fentanyl Makers Show Failures of Opioid Policy

American officials want two Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly manufacturing and importing large quantities of fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid that is driving the U.S. overdose epidemic that began in the 2000s to the explosive levels of fatalities recorded in the past few years. The case, announced Tuesday by senior Department of Justice officials in […]

Catapults Do Hurl Drugs Over Border. People Hit in Head? Doubtful.

A border wall with Mexico is happening, but it has to be see-through so that Americans aren’t knocked out by 100 pounds of drugs catapulted across the border, President Donald Trump told supporters. “Believe it or not, this is the kind of stuff that happens. So you need to have a great wall, but it […]

What Does Departure of Top US Anti-Drug Diplomat Mean for Latin American Policy?

William Brownfield, the US Assistant Secretary of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) since January 2011, told State Department staff that he would resign by the end of September, Foreign Policy reported on August 27. The long-time State Department official will reportedly join what the news outlet called an “exodus that is thinning the ranks of […]

The Feds Spent Millions Seizing 5 Million Marijuana Plants in 2016

Last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s marijuana eradication program confiscated 5.3 million marijuana plants in operations nationwide, a 20 percent increase from the year before and by far the heaviest haul since President Obama’s first term in office. The DEA pulled 3.5 million plants in California, more than any other state by a long shot, […]

First-ever U.S. Indictments of Chinese Fentanyl Makers Show Failures of Opioid Policy

American officials want two Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly manufacturing and importing large quantities of fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid that is driving the U.S. overdose epidemic that began in the 2000s to the explosive levels of fatalities recorded in the past few years. The case, announced Tuesday by senior Department of Justice officials in […]

Does Marijuana Stand A Chance With The New DEA Chief?

Pot is gaining acceptance legally and across society, but don’t expect the Drug Enforcement Administration to change when President Donald Trump announces his choice to run the agency, experts say. The government arm that runs the war on drugs has never been hip to hemp, but experts say a new DEA head won’t come in and change […]

Trump admits his border wall could be defeated by medieval siege technology

President Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday that his proposed border wall would have to be “transparent” to prevent Americans from being struck and killed by 60-pound sacks of drugs tossed over from the Mexican side. “One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see […]

Trump’s Wile E. Coyote Approach to Border Security

The president of the United States wants a see-through wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, in part because he’s worried about people getting hit in the head by any bags of drugs that might be hurled over the divide. “As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you […]

One Year Into Duterte’s Bloody Regime

One Year Into Duterte’s Bloody Regime

There are countless reasons why President Duterte’s Drug War isn’t helping Philippine society—and a $140 million reason President Trump might be willing to look the other way.

What Happens When the DEA Makes Mistakes

In 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency made an ill-informed decision that triggered a massacre in a town in Mexico that led to dozens, possibly hundreds, of deaths and kidnappings. We talk to Ginger Thomas of ProPublica about that story, and what it tells us about the DEA, government.. Listen to the full interview on […]

Twitter Imagines What Trump Is Doing Instead of Live-Tweeting the Comey Hearing

President Donald Trump must have been dying to tweet during fired FBI director James Comey’s testimony on Thursday. Many observers wondered aloud how the country’s Twitter-prolific president restrained himself from the social media platform during the day’s widely anticipate Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Trump’s Twitter absence during the hearing sparked the imaginations of several onlookers. … Read the full […]

This Pigeon Exposes a Hole in President Trump’s Plan to Stop Drug Trafficking

Law enforcement officials in Kuwait intercepted a homing pigeon that had a mini-backpack stuffed full of pills containing ketamine on Tuesday. The bird — which has been dubbed “party pigeon” — was part of an apparent attempt to smuggle drugs over the border. It might seem unusual, but the use of pigeons isn’t unheard of […]

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