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Dozens Arrested at US Military Aircraft Factory

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department says three dozen current and former workers at a Boeing factory in the northeastern state of Pennsylvania have been arrested for illegally selling or buying prescription drugs. Agents from the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration raided a plant Thursday owned by U.S. aviation giant Boeing that builds aircraft for the U.S. […]

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Doctors: Anti-Smoking Pill Cheap and Easy Way to Quit Cigarettes

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Doctors say a pill first developed in Bulgaria during the days of the Iron Curtain may be a cheap and easy way of getting millions of smokers to give up the habit. The first major study of the drug called cytisine appears in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Cytisine is derived […]

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Mexico Killing Tied to Internet Anti Drug Posting

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 4:46 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican police say killing of a woman journalist whose decapitated body was found near the U.S. border appears to be the work of a violent drug cartel. Police believe the victim, Marisol Marcia Castaneda was killed in retaliation for her anti-drug postings on a social media site. Castaneda was an editor with the Nuevo Laredo […]

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Burma May Face US Sanctions for Drug-Fighting ‘Failure’

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 7:32 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says Burma may face sanctions for having “failed demonstrably” in its anti-drug efforts. In a memo to the State Department Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama said Burma was on a list of 22 countries deemed major drug traffickers or major drug producers. President Obama said Burma and two other countries — Venezuela […]

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Panamanian Police Arrest 80 People in Major Drug Bust

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:56 am (UTC-5)
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Panama’s drug prosecutor says a series of raids has disrupted a major trafficking ring that moved cocaine from Colombia to Panama and further north to the United States. Javier Caraballo says 80 Panamanians and Colombians were arrested in Monday’s raids. Authorities believe the traffickers used gangs associated with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia . […]

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Report: Vietnamese Drug Addicts Abused in Treatment Centers

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says patients in Vietnamese drug rehabilitation centers are subjected to years of abuse and forced labor without receiving proper treatment to overcome their addiction. In a report Wednesday , the New York-based watchdog says Vietnam imprisoned more than 300,000 people without due process in the centers between 2000 and 2010. The rights […]

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Mexican Officials Seize 840 Tons of Drug-Making Chemicals

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Mexican army has seized about 840 metric tons of chemicals used for making methamphetamines, in one of the largest such seizures in Mexico to date. Mexico’s Defense Department says soldiers found sacks of the materials piled high in a warehouse in the north-central state of Queretaro. One security expert says the size of the […]

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Acused Teen Hitman On Trial In Mexico

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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A teenaged boy accused of being a drug cartel hitman has gone on trial in Mexico. Edgar Jimenez Lugo, who was born in the United States, is charged with killing and mutilating four people. The victims’ bodies were found strung from a bridge last year in the central Mexican resort town of Cuernavaca, in Morelos […]

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US Justice Department Busts Ethnic Albanian Drug Syndicate

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department says it has “effectively ended” the operations of a drug gang responsible for trafficking massive quantities of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs. An indictment unsealed in federal court in New York City Wednesday charges 37 alleged members and associates of an international syndicate. U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said the syndicate, led […]

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Crack Cocaine Offenders Eligible for Early Release

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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As many as 12,000 people jailed in U.S. federal prisons can seek a reduction in their sentences for crimes related to crack cocaine possession. A law passed by Congress last year ended the lengthy prison terms tied to possession of the crystallized form of cocaine, which were much harsher than sentences for powdered cocaine possession. […]

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