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San Diego County Author Examines Drug War Consequences

June 23, 2015
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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"The Cartel" is a sequel to Don Winslow's bestseller, "The Power of the Dog." Both books are crime thrillers, but in terms of research and scope, they qualify as a quasi-history of the drug war.

Roundtable On North County Transit Issues, Balboa Park Bypass, Baja Farmworkers' Deal

June 5, 2015
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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There's unhappiness in the air. The Feds are not happy with the way the North County Transit District administers contracts and grants. People who love Balboa Park are not happy with its condition. Tijuanans are unhappy about renewed drug violence. Baja California farmworkers, however, are happier than they were Thursday.

Agents Seize Yacht With 1,200 Pounds Of Marijuana

June 2, 2015
By City News Service
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The 35-foot yacht was seized near Mission Bay. It was returning from Mexico. The pot was worth an estimated $715,800.

San Diegans On Hunger Strike Protest Mexico Imprisonment Of US Citizen

June 2, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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Activist Nestora Salgado has been in a Mexican prison since 2013, charged with kidnapping.

Sinaloa Cartel Enforcer Pleads Guilty In San Diego

May 20, 2015
By Associated Press
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Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, known as "Chino Antrax," acknowledged that he helped bring tons of cocaine and marijuana to the country from Mexico and ordered and participated in violence against cartel rivals.

Sinkhole Near U.S. Border Fence Leads To Discovery Of Border Tunnel

April 29, 2015
By Associated Press
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The tunnel had lighting and a rail-car system. It connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

Coast Guard, Fed Operation Results In Massive Cocaine Seizure

April 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler
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Federal officials have seized more than 56,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific only six months into the new year.

Drug Tunnel Discovered Near Tijuana Airport

April 8, 2015
By 10News
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The entrance of the tunnel was built inside of a closet in a house under construction. Nine people were arrested following the discovery of the tunnel.

Reward Offered For Sinaloa Cartel Member

April 3, 2015
By City News Service
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Rene Arzate-Garcia is a high-ranking member of the Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel. He is wanted for murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Relatives, Friends Of Missing Mexican Students Lead Protest In San Diego

March 24, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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A protest caravan representing 43 students who disappeared from southern Mexico is in San Diego. The group's goal is to spread awareness about the case.

Families Of Missing Mexican Students To Visit San Diego

March 10, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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Nearly six months after 43 students vanished from the south of Mexico, the family and classmates are planning to protest in at least 45 U.S. cities. One group, which includes parents of the missing students, arrives in San Diego on March 23.

State Dept. Official: Heroin Smuggling Up Because U.S. Cocaine Use Is Down

Feb. 11, 2015
By Amita Sharma
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield made the comments while in San Diego this week to build partnerships with state and municipal law enforcement.

Smugglers Use SENTRI Drivers To Move Drugs Across San Diego Border

Jan. 26, 2015
By Nate John, Associated Press
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The most trusted border-crossers are unknowingly bringing illegal drugs into the United States at the San Diego border with Mexico.

Media Coverage In Mexico Changing After 43 Students Killed

Jan. 13, 2015
By Lorne Matalon / Fronteras
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In September, 43 college students in Mexico were killed. The outrage over the murders could mean a more robust media in a country where journalists are often self-censored.

San Diego County's Meth Problem Not Going Away

Jan. 6, 2015
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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If you think the meth problem in San Diego is a thing of the past, a new Meth Strike Force report card says otherwise.

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