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How Mexico Court’s Ruling On Marijuana Affects The Drug War

Nov. 9, 2015
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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Amid the violent drug war in Mexico, that has led to the killing and disappearance of tens of thousand of people, justices opened the door to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Massive Drug Tunnel Found In Otay Mesa

Oct. 22, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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Authorities in the U.S. and Mexico seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after finding the tunnel, which equaled eight football fields in length.

Mexico's Vicente Fox Says U.S. Should Build Bridges, Not Walls

Oct. 16, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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In an exclusive interview with KPBS, former Mexico President Vicente Fox discussed everything from trade to immigration to U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Mexican Human Rights Icon Discusses Migrants, Trump

Sept. 1, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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The Catholic priest Alejandro Solalinde, a human rights icon in Mexico, gave a talk in Tijuana on migration. He discussed Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's immigration policy proposals and more.

Man Admits To Smuggling Cocaine Through Underwater Drug Tunnel

Aug. 20, 2015
By City News Service
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A Honduran national admitted in federal court in San Diego Wednesday to donning a wet suit and scuba gear last spring and smuggling 55 pounds of cocaine through an underwater drug tunnel that exited into an aqueduct just north of the international border in Imperial County.

U.S. Coast Guard Announces Record Maritime Cocaine Seizures

Aug. 10, 2015
By City News Service
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U.S. Coast Guard personnel offloaded more than 33 tons of impounded cocaine at the San Diego Harbor waterfront Monday, a record take seized from seafaring traffickers over the last 10 months.

Baja California To Celebrate Judicial Anniversary

Aug. 10, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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It's been five years since the courts in the capital of Baja California started hearing oral arguments. So the state government is hosting forums to celebrate a "Week of Justice."

US Offers $5M For Information On Escaped Mexican Drug Lord

Aug. 6, 2015
By City News Service
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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from one of Mexico's most secure prisons last month via a sophisticated mile-long tunnel that opened up in his cell's shower.

Mexican Airplane Broker Charged With Laundering Drug Money Makes Court Appearance

July 24, 2015
By City News Service

Vincente Contreras-Amezquita is charged in a 200-count indictment with laundering drug money through the sale of nearly three dozen light airplanes.

At Breakfast to Talk El Chapo, Drug War Veterans Serve Up Cynicism

July 20, 2015
By Ginger Thompson, Pro Publica
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Over eggs at a San Antonio café, a reporter listens as former law enforcement officials and one ex-drug cartel operative swap theories about El Chapo’s latest escape and what it says about the U.S. and Mexico.

What El Chapo's Escape Means For Mexico

July 14, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico, Neiko Will
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He could be hiding out in Mexico City, he could be heading for a safe compound in Sinaloa. The only thing that is certain right now is that Mexican authorities don't know where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is.

San Diego Prosecutor Who Put Mexican Street Gang Members Behind Bars Honored

July 10, 2015
By City News Service
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Mark Amador endured threats of violence while working as the lead prosecutor in three trials of "Los Palillos" gang members.

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.

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