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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.

Last Of Tijuana Drug Cartel Leaders Sentenced

Aug. 19, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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Eduardo Arellano-Félix, former adviser to the Arellano-Félix drug trafficking organization, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison.

Author Says Peña Nieto Drug War Strategy Is More Of The Same

Aug. 1, 2013
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
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Author and professor Ricardo Ainslie, prepares to talk at UC San Diego about "Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War."

Mexico Captures Powerful Drug Cartel Leader

July 16, 2013
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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Miguel Angel Treviño Morales is the leader of Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful and most feared drug cartels.

San Diego Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth

July 2, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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Border agents in San Diego are seeing a huge rise in meth trafficked in from Mexico. San Diego is, by far, the primary entry point for Mexican meth.

Street Dealers Fuel Spike In Violence In Tijuana

June 12, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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Tijuana newspapers have reported a recent spike in violent crime in the city. Street-level dealers are behind much of the violence, experts say.

Highlights From 'The State Of The Border Report'

May 23, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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A report on the state of the U.S.-Mexico border calls for more strategic efforts to improve border security, and more emphasis on making trade and travel more efficient.

San Diego Trial Begins for Alleged Drug Gang Leaders

March 26, 2013
By Adrian Florido

The defendants are alleged members of a splinter group of Tijuana's Arellano-Felix cartel.

Drug Violence Dropped In Mexico In 2012

Feb. 11, 2013
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Amita Sharma
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A new report from the University of San Diego Trans-Border Institute shows drug-related violence in Mexico is down.

Film Documents Renewal Of Ciudad Juarez

Jan. 28, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn, Amita Sharma
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When filmmaker Charlie Minn began documenting the war between rival drug cartels in Juarez, Mexico, the city was on its way to becoming the murder capital of the world. His latest documentary, the New Juarez, tells a different story.

U.S. Navy Frigate Departs To Combat Drug Trafficking In Central America

Jan. 8, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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A guided-missile frigate left San Diego on Tuesday morning for a six-month deployment to Central American waters. Its mission is to disrupt illegal drug trafficking in the eastern Pacific and Caribbean.

Military Leader Leaves Border Post With Praise For Reduced Violence

Jan. 2, 2013
By Jill Replogle
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The Mexican border states of Baja California and Sonora are losing the army general whose leadership coincided with a sharp decrease in drug violence there.

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