Mexico

Tue
14
Jul

Pot lovers should narc on ‘El Chapo’

The world’s most notorious drug dealer vanished from a maximum security prison on Saturday, setting off a celebration worthy of the folk hero he’s become in parts of his native Mexico. But the escape of Joaquin Guzman could be a headache for American drug reformers—especially fans of marijuana legalization.

It’s hard to imagine anything slowing the roll of pot. The first aboveboard just-for-fun cannabis markets are up and running in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska are working on the same. A consistent majority of Americans say they support plans to legalize the drug elsewhere in 2016, according to polls by NBC News and others.

Fri
03
Jul

OAK HILLS: Another marijuana grow busted, Mexican nationals arrested

OAK HILLS: Another marijuana grow busted, Mexican nationals arrested

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Marijuana Enforcement Team was busy on Wednesday, busting marijuana growing operations in Oak Hills and Piñon Hills.

The Oak Hills operation was carried out around noon on Wednesday. Investigators seized around 315 plants that ranged from two- to three-feet-tall.

Two people were arrested. Both were identified as residents of Mexico.

Mon
29
Jun

It’s Time to Legalize Drugs: An Open Letter to Congress and the President

Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel The Cartel is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also running as a paid ad by Winslow in today’s print edition of The Washington Post.

Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell
the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable.
It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan,
Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years,
it’s America’s longest war and there’s no end in sight.

Sat
27
Jun

The War on Drugs: 'A Trillion-Dollar Failure'

Celebrated crime writer Don Winslow continues his secret history of the War on Drugs in his disturbing and important new novel, 'The Cartel'

Sun
14
Jun

Mexican authorities confiscate 41 tonnes of marijuana

Mexican authorities confiscated 41.6 tonnes of marijuana Saturday on the outskirts of Tijuana a major transit point for the US market.

The marijuana was wrapped in individual bundles marked with different symbols.

Gabriel Garcia, a General from the operation said "we are considering that these drugs were destined for different markets depending on the symbol that each bundle has."

"We believe that these drugs that these drugs normally comes from Sinaloa which is a state where criminals produce marijuana."

Wed
10
Jun

Demand for American-made marijuana on the rise in Mexico

Mexican drug cartels have a craving for American-made pot.

Twenty-three U.S. states allow legal marijuana in some form. The permission of lawful growhouses make it easier for the country’s vendors to perfect high-quality weed. That prompted one gang member to rave to news media giant Bloomberg about the variety, novelty and quality of marijuana from north of the border.

“Connoisseurs in Juárez are noticing, they’re starting to demand Purple Haze or Kush from American dispensaries. Gang members bring the quality stuff back from the U.S.," the gangster said

Tue
09
Jun

Why the US Shares Responsibility for the 'Mexican Drug War' And Its Atrocities

Why the US Shares Responsibility for the 'Mexican Drug War' And Its Atrocities

The following is an excerpt from A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War"  by Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace (OR Books, 2015):

The term “Mexican Drug War” is a misnomer, as the phenomenon to which it refers was a joint construction by Mexico and the United States, erected over the last hundred years. If that’s true, then it suggests that ending the “war” would likely require a joint effort from both sides of the border. Are there any signs of this happening?

Mon
08
Jun

Customs officials nab teen with marijuana in bicycle's tires at Douglas border crossing

DOUGLAS, Ariz. –  Customs officials in the border town of Douglas arrested a 17-year-old boy after finding his bicycle's tires stuffed with more than three pounds of marijuana.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say officers at the Douglas Port of Entry arrested the boy Saturday.

They say the Douglas boy was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Officials say agents also made several large drug seizures at border crossings over the weekend.

Agents in Nogales found three pounds of heroin in a man's luggage on Saturday, and the next day arrested a 14-year-old Mexican girl who had two pounds of methamphetamine under her clothes.

Thu
04
Jun

America’s Quality Pot Is Changing the Drug War

With weed now permitted in some form in 23 U.S. states, the flow of cannabis out of Mexico has slowed and, to a degree, reversed

The street lieutenant fidgeting in a Ciudad Juárez pizza parlor deals drugs for Barrio Azteca, a gang that emerged from Texas prisons in the 1980s to control a chunk of illegal shipments from Mexico into the U.S. Southwest. Think No Country for Old Men—secret nighttime drops, murders, and a lucrative sideline in human trafficking and prostitution. Meeting with a reporter while his heavyset boss circles the block, the Juárez dealer is preoccupied with his hottest new product: handcrafted American-made pot.

Wed
03
Jun

These are the features of Mexico's monstrous home-made narco tanks

As drug trafficking-related violence in Mexico rages, the cartels have come up with a radical solution for improving their capabilities in faceoffs with other criminal groups and Mexican security services.

Narco-tanks are home-made armored vehicles, also known in Spanish as "monstruo" for their hulking size. They reached peak popularity in 2011 as the Mexican military seized a garage from the Los Zetas drug-trafficking organization that was being used to construct the vehicles. At that point, criminal gangs could operate military-like vehicles out in the open with apparent impunity.

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