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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.

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.

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