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Using dentists as dope dealersupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 14:05:00

Kenny Morrison soaked in life from his beachfront home. A top chef at a trendy L.A. restaurant, he served dinner to the Hollywood stars, including A-listers.

Dental dopersupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 14:05:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports on addicts who are turning to dentists for prescription drugs like coedine and vicodin.

2 Mexican politicians sought; drug cartel link allegedupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 17:25:00

Mexican authorities were searching Wednesday for two politicians accused of belonging to the Familia Michoacana drug cartel, which is blamed for killing more than 30 federal police officers in a series of attacks since Saturday.

Mexican state awash in recent violenceupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 06:26:00

In recent days, Michoacan, the home state of President Felipe Calderon, has become a flashpoint of violence in Mexico's deadly war against drug cartels. Since Calderon went after the drug cartels shortly after coming into office in 2006, more than 10,000 people have died across Mexico, about 1,000 of them police.

Killing shows Mexico clergy no longer cloaked from cartels' aimupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 09:27:00

The killing last weekend of a Catholic priest and two seminary students in southwest Mexico marked the first time that drug cartel hit men have purposefully targeted a clergyman, said Manuel Corral, public relations secretary for Mexico's Council of Bishops.

Meth ads talk to teens in Spanishupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 16:43:00

It's a snapshot meant to shock: a bloodied woman hunched over with this caption underneath, "My mother knew I'd never hurt her, then she got in the way."

Major Mexican drug cartel suspects arrested, officials sayupdated: Thu May 21 2009 11:19:00

A top Mexican drug cartel suspect has been arrested along with 12 accomplices, including five women, federal authorities said.

Could smoking pot raise testicular cancer risk?updated: Mon May 18 2009 12:22:00

Do men who frequently smoke pot have a higher risk of testicular cancer than those who do not? It's possible, according to a new study. However, the researchers say the link is currently a "hypothesis" that needs further testing.

The big business of marijuanaupdated: Mon May 18 2009 11:18:00

Which drug is the cash cow of the Mexican drug war: cocaine or marijuana? Jeanne Meserve takes a look.

Stakes rise as drug war threatens to cross borderupdated: Mon May 18 2009 11:18:00

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, a 54-year-old drug cartel leader whose nickname means "Shorty," is the most wanted man in Mexico. He's also one of the most wanted men in the United States.

Penalties for drug-related crime in Asiaupdated: Tue May 05 2009 03:52:00

Asia is a major source of opium and heroin for the world market, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Consequently, across Asia, most countries have adopted a severe stance against drug-related crime, and heavy penalties -- including capital punishment -- have been widely adopted.

Teen drug smuggling risingupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 13:33:00

Feds says teen drug smuggling is on the rise. A veteran smuggler takes CNN's Ed Lavandera inside this dangerous world.

Teen made $50,000 smuggling drugs across borderupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 13:33:00

Sitting in high school, math and history lessons never captured Danny Santos' imagination. The drug-fueled streets of the Texas-Mexico border provided his education, and he was an excellent student.

Drug smugglers becoming more creative, U.S. agents sayupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 14:09:00

Drug traffickers are throwing everything they've got at getting drugs into the United States any way they can.

Creative drug smugglingupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 14:09:00

CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports on the creative ways in which cartels try to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

Obama heads to Mexico amid escalating drug violenceupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 11:40:00

President Obama travels to Mexico on Thursday as the United States' neighbor to the south continues to wrestle with increasingly deadly drug wars.

Mexican drug violenceupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 11:40:00

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox speaks to CNN's John Roberts about drug violence across the border.

Commentary: War on drugs is insaneupdated: Sat Apr 04 2009 19:34:00

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'It's all about border safety' for DHS, Napolitano saysupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 16:11:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled a $700 million plan on Tuesday to help Mexico fight violent drug cartels, which includes a U.S. crackdown on the flow of weapons and money into Mexico.

People.com: Redmond O'Neal Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Chargesupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 14:06:00

The troubled son of Ryan O'Neal was busted last year for alleged meth possession

Mexican drug cartels thrive in suburban Atlantaupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 17:22:00

Oscar Reynoso owed his bosses $300,000, and he was running out of time.

Senators want to fight Mexican drug cartels' expanding influenceupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 20:15:00

A bloody war between Mexican drug cartels is no longer solely a south-of-the-border problem, members of Congress said Tuesday at a hearing on the issue.

U.S. families feel sting of Mexico's drug violenceupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 22:10:00

Jose Molinar knew something wasn't right. He hadn't heard from his wife for a few hours, which was not sitting well with him.

Border gunbattlesupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 22:10:00

American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard about gun trafficking into Mexico.

Experts meet to fight Mexican narcotraffickersupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 01:33:00

Ciudad Juarez was converted into a fortress as members of President Felipe Calderon's security cabinet met Wednesday in the border town to devise a strategy to combat narcotraffickers.

Arrests 'crushing blow' to Mexican drug cartel, U.S. officials sayupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 21:47:00

U.S. investigators have wrapped up a major 21-month drug-enforcement operation aimed at crippling a powerful and violent Mexican cartel operating in the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday.

Official: Mexican drug turf wars have led to surge in violenceupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 21:24:00

No one, especially not one of Mexico's top law enforcement officials, denies that killings by drug cartels have reached record levels.

Drug violence spins Mexico toward 'civil war'updated: Thu Feb 19 2009 10:45:00

A shootout in a border city that leaves five alleged drug traffickers sprawled dead on the street and seven police wounded. A police chief and his bodyguards gunned down outside his house in another border city. Four bridges into the United States shut down by protesters who want the military out of their towns and who officials say are backed by narcotraffickers.

Reporter caught in shootoutupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 10:45:00

A reporter attempts to work as Mexican police and presumed drug traffickers exchange fire in Reynosa, Mexico.

Former Mexican drug czar arrested on corruption chargesupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 17:57:00

A former anti-drug czar in Mexico has been arrested on corruption charges in his home state of Chiapas, officials said.

Mexico suspects ex-drug czar took huge bribes from traffickersupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 11:31:00

Mexican authorities have detained the country's former drug czar on suspicion that he may have accepted $450,000 a month in bribes from drug traffickers, Mexico's attorney general said Friday.

Time.com: Plane Crash Kills Mexico's Deputy Leaderupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 01:00:00

Whatever the outcome of the official inquiry into the death of officials central to the government's anti-drug effort, the public will suspect the cartels were responsible

Mexico arrests alleged Arellano Felix memberupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 21:57:00

Mexican authorities have arrested a reputed senior member of a major Tijuana-based drug cartel after a shootout, U.S. authorities confirmed Sunday.

Canada Green Party leader not high on pot useupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 08:08:00

The leader of Canada's Green Party, which supports the legalization of marijuana, has apologized for never smoking pot.

Time.com: UN: Afghan Drug Lords Being Helpedupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 16:00:00

Afghan drug lords are increasingly converting opium into heroin at home with outside technical help and chemicals smuggled from abroad, the U.N. said

Marijuana bill sparks debate among iReportersupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 13:24:00

Rep. Barney Frank introduced a House bill Wednesday that would end federal penalties for Americans carrying fewer than 100 grams, or about a quarter-pound, of marijuana.

Pot legalization proposalupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 15:44:00

Rep. Barney Frank says he supports a law to remove federal penalties for possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana.

Legislators aim to snuff out penalties for pot useupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 15:44:00

The U.S. should stop arresting responsible marijuana users, Rep. Barney Frank said Wednesday, announcing a proposal to end federal penalties for Americans carrying fewer than 100 grams, almost a quarter-pound, of the substance.

Time.com: An American Pastime: Smoking Potupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 16:00:00

A global survey finds that Americans are most likely to have tried illegal drugs

Massive drug bust made in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 09:32:00

Afghan police this week seized a massive stockpile of hashish, a stash that weighed as much as 30 double-decker London buses, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said on Wednesday.

Mexican drug cartel trots out boy as warning to copsupdated: Tue May 27 2008 16:19:00

The boy looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. Chubby, he struggled a bit with his bicycle as he rode to where we stood. He had a slight smirk as he played a tape that blared music from speakers tied to his bike.

Colombia extradites 14 drug suspects to U.S.updated: Tue May 13 2008 19:00:00

The Colombian government sent 14 suspected paramilitary leaders to the United States on drug charges Tuesday after authorities said they violated a 2003 deal with the government.

Colombia says it killed cocaine kingpinupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 14:16:00

Colombian police have killed a drug trafficker who the government says is one of the most sought-after fugitive outside the country's rebel leaders.

Coast Guard hunts drug-running semi-subsupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 13:10:00

Sophisticated submarine-like boats are the latest tool drug runners are using to bring cocaine north from Colombia, U.S. officials say.

Court: Medically legal or not, smoke pot and face firing updated: Thu Jan 24 2008 19:37:00

Workers who are legally prescribed marijuana to treat illness can still be fired from their jobs, following a ruling Thursday from the California Supreme Court.

Justices: Judges can slash crack sentencesupdated: Mon Dec 10 2007 14:15:00

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal judges have the discretion to give "reasonably" shorter prison terms for crack-cocaine crimes to reduce the disparity with crimes involving cocaine powder.

Medicine and moralityupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 09:45:00

Should doctors refuse treatment if it conflicts with their religious beliefs? CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look.

U.N. urges NATO to stop Afghan opium tradeupdated: Sat Nov 17 2007 13:07:00

The United Nations is calling on NATO to do more to stop the Afghan opium trade after a new survey showed how the drug dominates Afghanistan's economy.

Time.com: Mellowing Out on Marijuanaupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 18:00:00

Denver and the small town of Hailey, Idaho, join the liberalizing trend toward rolling back the tough laws on pot

U.S.: Drug flow into country slowsupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 01:05:00

The United States, Colombia and Mexico are slowing the flow of cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S., according to new figures from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Time.com: Being Fair to Crack Dealersupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 16:00:00

The use and trafficking of crack have long been treated more harshly than the same offenses for powder cocaine. New federal sentencing guidelines aim to rectify that

Farmers sue DEA for right to grow industrial hempupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 22:44:00

The feds call industrial hemp a controlled substance -- the same as pot, heroin, LSD -- but advocates say a sober analysis reveals a harmless, renewable cash crop with thousands of applications that are good for the environment.

State official backs hempupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 22:44:00

North Dakota's agriculture commissioner believes the U.S. should get into the business of producing hemp products.

Time.com: A Comeback for Lebanon's Hashishupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 18:00:00

Bumper cannabis crops -- and tighter border controls -- are creating a looming internal drug problem for the country

DEA makes record steroid raidupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 10:31:00

Federal drug officials say they've arrested 124 people and busted 56 labs in the largest illegal steroid investigation in U.S. history.

Worldwide steroid bustupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 10:31:00

More arrests could come in an international steroid drug bust. CNN's Kelli Arena reports.

Wanted drug lord capturedupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 12:01:00

Reputed drug kingpin Diego Montoya was arrested in western Colombia.

Suspected drug kingpin caught with his pants downupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 12:01:00

An alleged drug kingpin was captured in his underwear Monday, hiding in a bush outside a house in western Colombia, government officials said in Bogota.

Time.com: Mandatory Sentencing: Stalled Reformupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 13:00:00

The momentum behind changing New York's harsh Rockefeller drug laws seems gone, as lawmakers worry about narcotics kingpins getting out of jail

SI.com: Special Report: The Mexican Connectionupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 03:35:00

From his parked car, Jack, the special agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, had a clear view of the entrance to the Empress Hotel in La Jolla, Calif. It was Dec. 14, an overcast day, and Jack's men were all in place. They were hoping to arrest a key figure in Mexico's steroid industry, a pharmaceuticals executive and trained veterinarian named Alberto Saltiel-Cohen, who, according to a tip, was staying at the Empress.

Time.com: The Way Station for Europe's Cocaine updated: Wed Jun 13 2007 03:55:00

As America's appetite for coke fades, Guinea Bissau has become a key transit point for Colombia's narco-traffickers with an eye on the growing European market

Time.com: Cocaine Sentencing to Be Analyzedupdated: Mon Jun 11 2007 18:25:00

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review whether judges are required to impose dramatically longer sentences for crack cocaine than for cocaine powder

Dobbs: The war within, killing ourselvesupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 18:09:00

We're fighting a war that is inflicting even greater casualties than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, incredibly, costing even more money. We're losing the War on Drugs, and we've been in retreat for three decades.

Drug bust leads to huge police corruption probeupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 12:43:00

The investigation that exposed an allegedly corrupt Virginia sheriff's department began with a package containing vials of a date-rape drug.

Opium hits record in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 21:37:00

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels -- up by more than 40 percent from 2005 -- despite hundreds of millions in counternarcotics money, Western officials told The Associated Press.

Cartel leader goes fishing, gets caughtupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 12:45:00

One of the world's most wanted drug lords was captured Wednesday aboard a recreational fishing boat off Mexico's Baja peninsula, federal law enforcement officials said.

Drug kingpin nabbed in Brazil, DEA saysupdated: Wed May 17 2006 13:08:00

A man on the United States' list of most-wanted international drug traffickers was arrested Wednesday morning in Brazil, officials said.

Narcs nab drug-smuggling puppiesupdated: Wed Feb 01 2006 17:50:00

A two-year investigation into a Colombian heroin ring netted more than 65 pounds of drugs, resulted in the arrests of more than 20 people and saved the lives of some drug-smuggling Labrador retrievers, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday.

DEA: Artwork, furniture used to smuggle heroinupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 12:23:00

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced the arrest Wednesday of 78 people as part of a probe into a suspected Colombian heroin ring accused of using artwork, furniture and clothing to smuggle drugs into the United States.

Atlanta operation of Mexican drug cartel bustedupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 08:05:00

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it has wrapped up an operation aimed at shutting down an alleged Atlanta-based hub of a major Mexican drug cartel.

Meth sweep nets 427 suspectsupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 19:02:00

More than 400 suspected producers and distributors of methamphetamine are in custody after DEA-led task forces fanned out in about 200 U.S. towns and cities in an operation aimed at denting the growing scourge of meth abuse, officials announced Tuesday.

U.S., Colombians bust money laundering ringupdated: Tue Jun 14 2005 13:51:00

A two-year undercover investigation targeting money laundering operations in the United States and Colombia has resulted in 81 indictments and 36 arrests of people allegedly connected to a major drug cartel, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Tuesday.

Supreme Court allows prosecution of medical marijuanaupdated: Mon Jun 06 2005 11:15:00

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled doctors can be blocked from prescribing marijuana for patients suffering from pain caused by cancer or other serious illnesses.

Drug scandal claims Qantas workerupdated: Thu May 12 2005 22:00:00

Luggage security at Sydney airport is under scrutiny amid revelations more baggage handlers may be stood down next week.

Research: Youths risk mental health with pot useupdated: Tue May 03 2005 17:38:00

The earlier a young person uses marijuana the greater the risk for mental health problems later in life, the director of National Drug Control Policy said Tuesday, basing his conclusion on a survey of medical research.

U.S. indicts alleged Afghan drug traffickerupdated: Mon Apr 25 2005 10:26:00

An accused heroin kingpin has been indicted and arrested in a massive narcotics conspiracy involving Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley has said.

Man charged with allegedly staging phony police raidupdated: Tue Apr 12 2005 12:10:00

When William Fairchild's friend traded her car for $70 worth of crack cocaine, police say he helped carry out an elaborate scheme to get it back from the drug dealer.

Six-nation sweep nets drug traffickersupdated: Wed Jun 23 2004 16:07:00

A major drug trafficking operation that allegedly moved cocaine, marijuana, and cash between Colombia and the United States through the Caribbean has been dealt a major blow, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Wednesday.

Former Haiti police chief arrestedupdated: Sun May 16 2004 02:48:00

U.S. federal agents have arrested Haiti's former national police chief in Miami, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the Caribbean nation, according to a DEA spokesman and court documents.

Police bust airport drug ringupdated: Thu Mar 04 2004 16:10:00

The New York City Police Department said Thursday it has cracked a major drug ring it says brought more than $75 million worth of cocaine from Guyana to the New York area each year.

Fortune: Reefer Sanityupdated: Mon Nov 24 2003 00:01:00

If you're among those of us who did inhale, you'll recall one of the weed's enjoyable side effects: intense attacks of the munchies that sent you scurrying for baked beans and Moon Pies faster than...

Fortune: IT'S TIME TO GET REAL ABOUT MEXICO ECONOMIC CRISIS HAS PULLED BACK THE CURTAIN ON A COUNTRY THAT, FOR ALL ITS updated: Mon Sep 04 1995 00:01:00

Welcome to the nightmare." That was the message Mexico's incoming president, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, received shortly before his inauguration last December. It came, via couriers, from Subco...

Fortune: HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON DRUGS Victory begins and ends at home. Washington should stop focusing on curbing the supply from abroad aupdated: Mon Mar 12 1990 00:01:00

AMERICA'S so-called war on drugs is looking more and more like the real thing. Troops invade Panama in part to bring Manuel Noriega to justice for his alleged crimes as a drug trafficker. On the Me...

Money Magazine: Life styles of the Rich and Heinous Ever wonder what the billions Americans spend on drugs actually buy, beyond updated: Wed Nov 01 1989 00:01:00

Innocent bystanders shot down on city streets. Overdosed teenagers dying in emergency rooms. Newborn babies writhing in pain from cocaine withdrawal. The ugliest images of our country's drug epidem...

Fortune: THE FBI IS A TOUGH OUTFIT TO RUN Should the biggest push be against drug lords or white-collar criminals? Or glasnost-era spies?updated: Mon Oct 09 1989 00:01:00

THINK OF the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a service company with 260 lines of business -- the number of laws Congress tells it to enforce -- competing for resources and management attention. ...

Fortune: WHAT TO DO ABOUT DRUGS The U.S. needs a new policy: more toughness in fighting the hard stuff, more compassion in treating addicupdated: Mon Jun 20 1988 00:01:00

DRUGS ARE dangerous. Even users agree on that. Yet the U.S. seems to be getting nowhere in its war against them. In frustration, large numbers of Americans, including academics, members of Congress...

Fortune: THE DRUG TRADE Think of it as a huge, multinational commodity business with a fast-moving top management, a widespread distributupdated: Mon Jun 20 1988 00:01:00

THE ILLICIT DRUG TRADE is probably the fastest-growing industry in the world and is unquestionably the most profitable. A handful of Latin American countries grow coca leaves that yield cocaine, wh...

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