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Mexican army prepares to destroy 300 acres of pot | WFAA

BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico — Soldiers in Mexico are preparing to set fire to the largest marijuana plantation ever discovered in that country.
It stretches across 300 acres, and soldiers say they will need about two weeks to destroy the fields. +

Mexican army prepares to destroy 300 acres of pot | WFAA

BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico — Soldiers in Mexico are preparing to set fire to the largest marijuana plantation ever discovered in that country.

It stretches across 300 acres, and soldiers say they will need about two weeks to destroy the fields. +

In Tijuana, protestors call for drug legalization and U.S. agents out of Mexico (via Stop the Drug War)

In Tijuana, protestors call for drug legalization and U.S. agents out of Mexico (via Stop the Drug War)

Mexican soldiers find biggest marijuana farm ever | The Raw Story →

TIJUANA, Mexico — A Mexican military commander said Thursday that his soldiers discovered a record-busting marijuana plantation 120 hectares (nearly 300 acres) large in the state of Baja California.

"It is the largest marijuana plantation in Mexican history," General Alfonso Duarte, the commander of the military region based in the far north-western border city of Tijuana, told AFP.

Duarte said the plantation can produce 120 tons of marijuana, which he valued at nearly $160 million. +

US government openly admits arming Mexican drug gangs with 30,000 firearms →

18goingon80:

It is now a widely-reported fact that under the Obama administration, U.S. federal agents actively placed over 30,000 fully-functional weapons into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, then halted all surveillance and tracking activities of where those weapons were going.

Among the firearms sold to the Mexican drug gangs were AK-47s, thousands of pistols and, remarkably, .50-caliber rifles which are typically used to disable vehicles or carry out sniper-based assassinations at extremely long ranges (up to two miles). The mainstream media is now reporting that these weapons are turning up in violent crimes being committed in Phoenix, Arizona.

(Source: anarchyagogo)

Here is a Catholic priest’s defense of decriminalizing drugs. 
Mexico can only be saved if we give up the war on drugs | Catholic Herald

Most people take it as read that every government must make war on drugs. But this tends to overlook the fact that the war on drugs is being lost, and those caught in the crossfire are paying a terrible price for it. Mexico is headed, not irreversibly perhaps, towards failed statedom, thanks to the war on drugs which it is certainly not winning. There are some sane voices who think that we need a change in policy, but these tend to be among retired politicians.
The current policy is not working, but of course a serving politician would commit electoral suicide if he or she were to admit this. The Church, not in the market for votes, can, however, afford to be honest, and I am surprised that we have not heard more from the Church about this. Or perhaps the Church is speaking about it, but it is not getting reported. +

Here is a Catholic priest’s defense of decriminalizing drugs. 

Mexico can only be saved if we give up the war on drugs | Catholic Herald

Most people take it as read that every government must make war on drugs. But this tends to overlook the fact that the war on drugs is being lost, and those caught in the crossfire are paying a terrible price for it. Mexico is headed, not irreversibly perhaps, towards failed statedom, thanks to the war on drugs which it is certainly not winning. There are some sane voices who think that we need a change in policy, but these tend to be among retired politicians.

The current policy is not working, but of course a serving politician would commit electoral suicide if he or she were to admit this. The Church, not in the market for votes, can, however, afford to be honest, and I am surprised that we have not heard more from the Church about this. Or perhaps the Church is speaking about it, but it is not getting reported. +

Calderon apologises to drug war victims | Al Jazeera

Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, has apologised to victims of the country’s war with drug cartels during an emotional meeting with bereaved families, but said that far from regretting his decision to use the army, he felt he should have ordered them to act sooner.
About 40,000 people have died since Calderon ordered the army to engage in a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006.

Calderon apologises to drug war victims | Al Jazeera

Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, has apologised to victims of the country’s war with drug cartels during an emotional meeting with bereaved families, but said that far from regretting his decision to use the army, he felt he should have ordered them to act sooner.

About 40,000 people have died since Calderon ordered the army to engage in a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006.

$90 billion hasn’t secured the border | The Columbus Dispatch

As Congress debates border funding and as governors demand more assistance, the Associated Press has investigated what taxpayers spend securing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Using White House budgets, reports obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and congressional transcripts, the AP has tallied it up: $90 billion in 10 years.
For taxpayers footing this bill, the returns have been mixed: fewer illegal immigrants, but little impact on the terrorism issue, and certainly no stoppage of the drug supply. +

$90 billion hasn’t secured the border | The Columbus Dispatch

As Congress debates border funding and as governors demand more assistance, the Associated Press has investigated what taxpayers spend securing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Using White House budgets, reports obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and congressional transcripts, the AP has tallied it up: $90 billion in 10 years.

For taxpayers footing this bill, the returns have been mixed: fewer illegal immigrants, but little impact on the terrorism issue, and certainly no stoppage of the drug supply. +

Mexican teenage girls train as drug cartel killers | Reuters

The Next Step in the War On Drugs: Narco-Tanks

anniesboobs:

iheartchaos:

Mexican and Central American drug gangs have gotten pretty big in the past several years, and for while it was common to find homemade jungle submarines. But now it appears that drug cartels have begun building tanks by armoring trucks with steel plating and big fucking guns.

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Thank you, prohibition.

"Peace caravan" crossing Mexico to protest drug war | Reuters
Hundreds of Mexicans began a weeklong caravan on Saturday to protest the country’s bloody drug war, led by a crusading poet whose son was murdered by suspected cartel hitmen. +

"Peace caravan" crossing Mexico to protest drug war | Reuters

Hundreds of Mexicans began a weeklong caravan on Saturday to protest the country’s bloody drug war, led by a crusading poet whose son was murdered by suspected cartel hitmen. +

Mexican student police chief will live in fear for the rest of her life
A Mexican student who became the police chief of a lawless border town has admitted she will live in fear for the rest of her life after fleeing to the US following threats from drug traffickers. +

Mexican student police chief will live in fear for the rest of her life

A Mexican student who became the police chief of a lawless border town has admitted she will live in fear for the rest of her life after fleeing to the US following threats from drug traffickers. +

latimes:

A kindergarten teacher in Mexico led her class in a singalong during a shootout that occurred outside the school. Daniel Hernandez reports:

In the video, the frightened but determined voice of a schoolteacher is heard as she attempts to maintain calm among a group of kindergartners lying on the floor before her, asking them to join her in a singalong as gunfire shatters the air outside.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Sen. Chuck Grassley continues to press for answers on a controversial program that resulted in drug cartels acquiring more than 1,300 firearms from the U.S. →

Grassley is pressing the Department of Justice (DOJ) on who initiated the “Gun Runner” program that authorized the sale of guns to people acting as straw purchasers for drug cartels in Mexico. Gun Runner might have contributed to the death of at least one federal agent.

Gun Runner and another operation called Fast and Furious were designed to dismantle the gun-smuggling routes that drug cartels use to ferry high-powered assault rifles from the U.S. into Mexico. By allowing people to illegally purchase large quantities of the weapons from gun dealers, officials hoped to trace the firearms to the drug cartel members and prosecute them. But ATF whistleblowers allege that officials lost track of the guns. +
Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petén by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas 

A spokesman for Guatemala’s police described what they found on Sunday morning: “One whole body, 26 bodies without heads, and 23 heads.” This is the worst single incident of violence since the country’s 36-year civil war ended in 1996, and is seen by many in the country as a symbolic act of political terror, while the nation prepares for presidential elections. Messages at the scene written on a wall in the victims’ blood (various reports say they were scrawled with a severed leg) make clear who is responsible: Los Zetas, a paramilitary Mexican drug gang that in recent years has expanded throughout Central America and operates with particular impunity and freedom within Guatemala. The organization has long recruited from the ranks of kaibiles, the elite special forces division of the Guatemalan army trained in jungle warfare who carried out massacres of indigenous peasants during the civil war. The brutality evidenced in this massacre, even the killing techniques, brings to mind the worst of the death squad attacks in the 1980s. The leader of the armed group that carried out this massacre is reported to have identified himself to the workers as “kaibil.”

Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petén by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas 

A spokesman for Guatemala’s police described what they found on Sunday morning: “One whole body, 26 bodies without heads, and 23 heads.” This is the worst single incident of violence since the country’s 36-year civil war ended in 1996, and is seen by many in the country as a symbolic act of political terror, while the nation prepares for presidential elections. Messages at the scene written on a wall in the victims’ blood (various reports say they were scrawled with a severed leg) make clear who is responsible: Los Zetas, a paramilitary Mexican drug gang that in recent years has expanded throughout Central America and operates with particular impunity and freedom within Guatemala. The organization has long recruited from the ranks of kaibiles, the elite special forces division of the Guatemalan army trained in jungle warfare who carried out massacres of indigenous peasants during the civil war. The brutality evidenced in this massacre, even the killing techniques, brings to mind the worst of the death squad attacks in the 1980s. The leader of the armed group that carried out this massacre is reported to have identified himself to the workers as “kaibil.”