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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,Sun Staff Writer | January 5, 1995
The Maryland State Police have agreed to prohibit troopers from stopping, detaining or searching motorists simply on the basis of race under a federal court settlement approved yesterday.As part of the settlement, the state police will pay $12,500 to each of four black plaintiffs, who accused the department of violating their civil right because troopers relied on a racial profile that said most drug traffickers were black.In addition, the state will pay $45,600 in legal fees.The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a black Washington lawyer and his family, charged the state police with targeting black motorists for stops and searches.
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By New York Times News Service | May 24, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Cocaine smugglers working with Colombian drug cartels are starting to set up factories, warehouses and trucking companies in Mexico to exploit the flood of cross-border commerce expected under the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. intelligence and drug-enforcement officials say.The Mexican smugglers are buying and setting up the companies "as fronts for drug trafficking," says a report written by an intelligence officer at the U.S....
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By KENNETH E. SHARPE | December 15, 1991
Two years ago this week, a U.S. swat team of 27,000 troops invaded Panama, and arrested the chief drug lord, general and ruler, Manuel Noriega. U.S. Ambassador to Panama Deane Hinton called it "the biggest drug bust in history." The outcome of the current Noriega trial in Florida is still uncertain, but the evidence has already shown why the U.S. drug war in Latin America is condemned to failure.What has clearly emerged from the trial is how Panama's deposed leader and his military made a fortune by fighting on both sides in the drug war.General Noriega has a stack of letters from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration praising his cooperation: he helped the DEA make drug busts, confiscated a bank owned by a drug cartel and smashed a major cocaine lab. The United States was grateful for his help in spying on Cuba and aiding Nicaragua's contra exiles, and he received pay from the CIA (the U.S. government maintains it paid its man in Panama $320,000, while he claims $10 million)
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By Roger Twigg and David Simon and Roger Twigg and David Simon,Staff Writers | March 16, 1992
An interstate drug strike force has been approved by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to stop drug traffickers -- primarily from New York -- from sending teen-agers into Baltimore and other Maryland cities to set up street-level narcotics operations.The strike force is to be formally announced during the Governor's Summit on Violent Street Crime this Thursday at the Convention Center.Dr. Neil Solomon, chairman of the Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, said the new strike force, which is to be coordinated by State Police investigators, is being organized to disrupt, intercept and dismantle any organized trafficking and to prosecute those who are arrested.
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By Ginger Thompson and Ginger Thompson,Mexico City Bureau | January 5, 1993
BABORIGAME, Mexico -- In Latin America's war against drugs, the armies win some battles. Drug traffickers win others. But the most consistent losers are Indian families like those who live in this remote area of the Sierra Madre mountains.What happened last October in this Indian village of mud and wood huts is being held up as an example of how badly things can go wrong. Mexican soldiers stormed the village in a "marijuana raid," terrorizing the inhabitants, destroying their homes and killing their livestock.
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By Ginger Thompson and Ginger Thompson,Mexico City Bureau | January 5, 1993
BABORIGAME, Mexico -- In Latin America's war against drugs, the armies win some battles. Drug traffickers win others. But the most consistent losers are Indian families like those who live in this remote area of the Sierra Madre mountains.What happened last October in this Indian village of mud and wood huts is being held up as an example of how badly things can go wrong. Mexican soldiers stormed the village in a "marijuana raid," terrorizing the inhabitants, destroying their homes and killing their livestock.
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By Los Angeles Times | December 26, 1992
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Several of the world's top drug traffickers have finalized plea bargaining agreements allowing them to serve fewer than 10 years in jail, according to Colombian officials. The sentences stand in stark contrast to the life terms that they would likely receive if found guilty by U.S. courts.U.S. officials are deeply concerned about the negotiations, which affect, among others, three brothers who allegedly helped found the so-called Medellin cocaine cartel. The officials note that other major traffickers such as Carlos Lehder, another cartel founder, are serving life sentences in U.S. maximum security prisons.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 12, 2004
WASHINGTON - Two and a half years after the Bush administration made the eradication of Afghanistan's drug trade a high priority, poppy growing and heroin production have exploded, providing money and logistical aid to al-Qaida and other militants, bolstering Afghan warlords and threatening that nation's stability, officials and experts say. After being suppressed during the final year of Taliban rule, the drug industry has grown to the point where Afghanistan...
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December 12, 2005
Arecent decision by Mexico's Supreme Court to allow the extradition of criminal suspects who face life sentences abroad is a welcome move that will help the U.S. prosecute alleged Mexican drug traffickers and murderers who are accused of committing crimes in this country. Legislation approved last month by U.S. lawmakers that denies financial aid to countries that block extraditions most likely helped persuade the Mexican justices. The decision reflects more willingness by Mexico to work with the U.S. to fight drug smuggling along their shared border.
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February 5, 2006
The recent discovery of a 2,400-foot-long underground tunnel linking Tijuana and San Diego, and packed with more than two tons of marijuana, is just another example of the sorry state of affairs at the U.S.-Mexico border. The tunnel was the 21st discovered since security measures were heightened on the U.S. side of the border after the 9/11 attacks. Increased border security and joint anti-smuggling efforts by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement authorities have undoubtedly forced Mexican traffickers to go literally underground to sneak contraband and migrants into the United States.
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