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Border Battle

Border Patrol Seizes Drug-Laced Lollipops At San Clemente Checkpoint

March 6, 2014
By Quinn Owen
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U.S. Border Patrol agents seized approximately 23 pounds of drugs with a value of $160,000 at the San Clemente checkpoint Wednesday.

Border Patrol Agents Intercept $630,000 Of Narcotics In Temecula

March 6, 2014
By Quinn Owen
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In two separate incidents Monday, US Border Patrol agents seized more than 46 pounds of narcotics and arrested three U.S. citizens.

Arrest Of Sinaloa Kingpin "El Chapo" Won't Reduce Drug Trafficking Through San Diego

Feb. 25, 2014
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is in a maximum security Mexican prison following his capture. His prosecution on dozens of charges could last for years. But experts say it won't stop the flow of drugs across the border.

Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Charged In Mexico

Feb. 24, 2014
By Associated Press

Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been formally charged with violations of Mexico's drug-trafficking laws, starting a legal process that makes swift extradition to the U.S. unlikely.

Seafaring Drug Smugglers Challenging Coast Guard

Feb. 24, 2014
By Associated Press
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The tiny Coast Guard is doing its best to optimize its resources but overseeing 95,000 miles of coastline and 4.5 million square miles of maritime territory can be a challenge.

Mexico's Sinaloa Drug Chief Arrested

Feb. 22, 2014
By Associated Press
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A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was taken alive overnight in the beach resort town.

Path From Pain Pills To Heroin Addiction Nothing New In San Diego County

Feb. 17, 2014
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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Addicts who abuse prescription drugs like Oxycontin have been switching to heroin for a number of years now. While tragedies like the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman remain shocking, they are not actually surprising to those who track the epidemic of opiate abuse in the Unites States.

Mexicans Lured To Border By Faint Hope Of Asylum

Feb. 13, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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Residents of embattled towns in Mexico's Michoacán state are fleeing to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of asylum. But experts say their chances of getting it are slim.

45 San Diego Gang Members Charged With Meth, Gun Crimes

Feb. 6, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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The U.S. Attorney's Office announced indictments for methamphetamine and gun charges against 45 people involved with six criminal gangs in San Diego.

Mexican Pop Singer Tries To Distance Herself From Drug Lord Father

Feb. 3, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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Pop singer Melissa Plancarte tries to salvage her career after evidence surfaces of ties to her drug lord father.

'Los Palillos' Mexican Drug Trafficking Leaders Begin Death-Penalty Phase

Jan. 28, 2014
By City News Service

Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday in the penalty phase of trial for two leaders of the Mexican drug trafficking gang, Los Palillos, who face the death penalty or life in prison after being convicted of several murders and kidnappings in San Diego County.

San Diego-Based USS Rentz Intercepts $10 Million Worth Of Cocaine

Jan. 13, 2014
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based Navy frigate USS Rentz intercepted roughly 313 kilograms (690 pounds) of cocaine in the month of December, while taking part in counter drug trafficking operations in the coastal waters off Central America. The street value of all that cocaine? About $10.4 million.

Top Enforcer of Sinaloa Cartel Arrested In Amsterdam

Jan. 3, 2014
By Associated Press

Dutch police arrested Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a top enforcer for the Sinaloa cartel on Tuesday for drug charges originating in San Diego.

What Has NAFTA Done In Its Twenty Years?

Dec. 16, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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On NAFTA’s 20th anniversary, many are lauding its accomplishments in boosting commerce, but almost half of Mexico’s population still lives in poverty.

Cartel Members Get Prison For Conspiring To Kidnap San Diego Drug Dealers

Dec. 12, 2013
By Associated Press

Three members of a Mexican drug cartel who pleaded guilty to planning to abduct three drug dealers who owed them money have been sentenced to spend several years in U.S. federal prison.

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