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'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.

Son Of Mexican Cartel Leader Arrested At US Border

Nov. 22, 2013
By Associated Press

The U.S. attorney's office in San Diego says the son of one of Mexico's most wanted drug lords has been arrested on drug trafficking charges while entering the United States.

Border Patrol Finds $1.3M Of Heroin In Hidden Wheel Compartment

Nov. 20, 2013
By City News Service
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Attempts to smuggle $1.3 million worth of heroin and 369 pounds of marijuana into the United States via San Diego ports of entry were thwarted on Monday, border officials announced.

Border Agents Get Jail Time For Force-Feeding Pot To Smugglers

Nov. 12, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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Two Border Patrol agents will serve jail time for violating the civil rights of smugglers by forcing them to eat marijuana leaves and flee shoeless into the Tucson desert.

Watch Live Feed Of USS Thach Decommissioning Ceremony On Friday (Video)

Oct. 31, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy will decommission the USS Thach at Naval Base San Diego on Friday. Home Post will live stream the decommissioning ceremony.

Unleashing Boy Scouts To Counter Drug Cartels

Oct. 2, 2013
By Adrian Florido

The United States has started funding community programs in Mexico in an effort to prevent young people from joining drug cartels.

Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts

Sept. 25, 2013
By <a href="">Chris Lehman</a> / <a href="">Northwest News Network<a/>
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Drug cartels are doing big business up and down the West Coast. When you travel by freeway, you’re driving a Silk Road of sorts for heroin, meth and cocaine.

Unraveling A Drug Distribution Ring That Spanned The West Coast

Sept. 24, 2013
By Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network
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If you drive the freeways that run from California and Arizona to Canada, chances are you have passed a car or truck secretly holding a cargo of heroin, meth or cocaine.

How Cross-Border Trucking Firms Fight The Drug War

Sept. 23, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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For drug smugglers, getting a truckload of illegal narcotics past border authorities means potentially huge profits. But they're often up against two levels of security: that of U.S. law enforcement, and that of private export and shipping companies.

No More Car Decals For SENTRI Trusted Traveler Program

Aug. 29, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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Users of the SENTRI trusted traveler program, which allows for expedited screening at the U.S.-Mexico border, will no longer have windshield decals identifying their cars. Some SENTRI members have been used by drug traffickers as unwitting couriers.

Federal Prosecutors Told Not To Focus On Marijuana Users

Aug. 29, 2013

Federal prosecutors are being told by Attorney Gen. Eric Holder to focus on cartels, criminal enterprises and those who sell the drug to children, not on casual marijuana users, a Justice Department official tells NPR's Carrie Johnson.

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