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    Mexican Cartels: A Hemispheric Danger

    U.S. authorities recently arrested the son of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s chief strategist on various charges, including conspiracy to import drugs. The discovery of this narcotics smuggling plot highlights the need to evolve U.S. approaches to counternarcotic efforts, Mexican criminal justice system reforms, and financial targeting in the fight against … More

    Bail Bond Bait and Switch: Police Seize Money from Innocent Mother

    As much as 90 percent of the currency circulating throughout the United States contains trace amounts of cocaine. No one would expect the police to claim someone’s money must be “dirty” based on trace presence of drugs alone. But that is exactly what law enforcement officers in Brown County, Wisconsin, … More

    Cooperation with Mexico: Key to Border Security and Stopping Transnational Crime

    According to recent reports, the U.S. is in talks with Mexico to strengthen security along Mexico’s southern border. The effort reportedly includes a three-level security system for Mexico’s border with Belize and Guatemala to stop human trafficking, drug running, and other gang-related activity. Stopping such activities is critical to not … More

    President Obama, the Drug War, and Mexico: Failure Is an Option

    In the past six years, more than 60,000 Mexicans have died violently in crime and drug-related deaths. In the U.S., there is a wider spectrum of issues related to the harm done by drug usage. They range from state-side violence among traffickers, gangbangers, and dealers to drug-influenced auto fatalities and … More

    Obama in Mexico: Change the Reality, Not the Conversation

    President Obama will be visiting Mexico City on May 2–4, where he will meet with his counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto. Both leaders have made clear that they want to change the conversation and not let runaway violence and Mexico’s persistent security crisis, which has claimed over 60,000 lives since 2006, … More

    Taxpayer-Backed Pharmaceutical Company Fined for Illegal Kickbacks

    A California pharmaceutical company that has received federal subsidies under the Obama Administration agreed to pay $11.4 million last week to settle allegations that it bribed medical professionals to prescribe and sell its drugs. The allegation was detailed in a civil complaint filed in federal court in March 2009. The … More

    Religious Liberty of Illinois Pharmacists Vindicated

    Illinois bureaucrats’ senseless, now seven-year-long crusade to crush the faith-based conscience rights of two pharmacists hit another snag recently when a state appellate court ruled that they could not be forced to stock and dispense abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. The case, Morr-Fitz v. Quinn, began in … More

    Coast Guard's Latest Battle: Underwater Drug Trafficking

    The U.S. Coast Guard is facing a growing threat in the Caribbean: undersea drug trafficking. The New York Times recently recounted an incident where the sea service interdicted an illegal semisubmersible vessel smuggling cocaine from Colombia. U.S. security forces have long combated smugglers bringing drugs and other contraband into the … More

    Border Security Alone Not Enough to Stem the Tide of Violence

    The Texas Department of Agriculture has launched an online video campaign aimed to “shame” the federal government into enhancing U.S. border security. As part of the campaign, called “Texas Traffic—True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling,” each week over the next four months the Department of Agriculture will release a … More

    Mexico: Cautious Hope in Battle Against Transnational Organized Crime

    The violence brought about in Mexico’s drug war may finally be reaching a plateau. At least that is the hope of many, as the nation continues its sixth year of its battle against transnational organized crime. In an announcement last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon indicated that Mexican gang-related deaths … More