Wednesday, October 26, 2016


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The Obama administration’s failure to protect the southern border has allowed Mexican cartels to smuggle record amounts of drugs into the United States, especially heroin, which is increasingly popular in the U.S.

Once the drugs get smuggled north Mexican traffickers use street, prison and outlaw motorcycle gangs to distribute them throughout the country much like a legitimate business enterprise.This has been going on for years and there seems to be no end in sight, according to a disturbing new report published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with policy and legal analysis.

“Mexican transnational criminal organizations are the major suppliers and key producers of most illegal drugs smuggled into the United States,” the CRS states in its new report.

“They have been increasing their share of the U.S. drug market—particularly with respect to heroin.” The bulk of the heroin smuggled into the United States transits across the Southwest border, the CRS writes, revealing that “from 2010 to 2015 heroin seizures in this area more than doubled from 1,016 kg to 2,524 kg.”

The trend mirrors the increase in overall seizures throughout the U.S., the CRS figures show. For instance, federal arrests and prosecutions of heroin traffickers have skyrocketed with 6,353 heroin-related arrests in 2015. Additionally, the number of individuals sentenced for heroin trafficking offenses in federal courts has increased by almost 50%, the report says.

There are at least eight major Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in the United States with the Sinaloa Cartel being the most active, the CRS reveals. “Mexican transnational criminal organizations (MTCOs) remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group can challenge them in the near term.”

They operate sophisticated enterprises, using nearly 100 U.S. gangs in their cross-border crimes, government figures show.

Because the Mexican cartels move their drugs through the Southwest border, western states have become part of what’s known as the “heroin transit zone,” the CRS report says. “In addition, as the Mexican traffickers take on a larger role in the U.S. heroin market, and expand their operations to the East Coast, authorities have seen black tar heroin emerge in the Northeastern United States, where it had rarely been seen,” the report states.

Large quantities of a synthetic opioid known as Fentanyl are also entering the U.S. primarily via the Mexican border, though the drug also comes from China. Fentanyl is 25-40 times more potent than heroin and 50-100 times more potent than morphine.

Undoubtedly, there’s an epidemic of drug abuse in the U.S. but cutting off the source would obviously improve the crisis. This may seem like common sense, but the CRS gently reminds legislators to consider it. “Policymakers may examine U.S. efforts to combat heroin trafficking as a means of combatting opioid abuse in the United States,” the CRS writes in its report.

“Policymakers may also look at existing federal strategies on drug control, transnational crime, and Southwest border crime to evaluate whether they are able to target the current heroin trafficking threat.”

Among the common-sense suggestions listed in the document is “securing U.S. borders.” It comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which has made disrupting drug trafficking and production a priority.

The impact of Mexican drug cartels has been well documented for some time in a number of government audits, even as the Obama administration insists the southern border is secure.

Less than a year ago the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a report confirming that the majority of illegal drugs in the United States come from Mexico and Mexican traffickers remain the greatest criminal threat to the United States.

They’re classified as Transitional Criminal Organizations (TCOs) by the government and for years they’ve smuggled in enormous quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

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Of course President Obama didn’t expose 150 corrupt public officials, but the Philippine President just did.

President Rodrigo Duterte continued his war against the “pandemic” that has swept his country.

Drugs and the corruption behind the movement of drugs is overwhelming in the Philippines and the president just called out over 150 different judges, mayors, police, politicians and even members of the military.

The announcement comes in the middle of a very bloody war against the drug industry and this will certainly ramp up the violence.

The president said this during a speech to members of a military camp in Davao city.

“All military and police who are attached to these people, I’m giving you 24 hours to report to your mother unit or I will whack you. I’ll dismiss you from the service.”

Clearly the president is standing up to corruption like few have ever done in that area of the world. To say it is dangerous would be an understatement.

Why do you think he used the term “whack you” if he didn’t mean business? When talking to organized crime, you have to use language they will understand.

Clear language is a lesson that the American president should learn from.

Davao City is a dangerous place and clear, direct talk is needed.

The Philippine National Police recorded 1,032 murders in Davao City, which has come the center of the president’s war on drugs.

Now that the president is calling out over a hundred officials, the courts could be flooded if the president wasn’t taking some liberties with “due process”.

“There is no due process in my mouth. You can’t stop me and I’m not afraid even if you say that I can end up in jail.”

Cleary president Duterte is a brave man and is standing up for what he believes is right, but with the message he is sending to the druglords and conspirators in hiss country won’t land him in jail.

He will either clean up his country or he could be the next victim in the drug war.

Do you think our president should learn something from president Duterte? Let us know in the comments below.

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Drones are everywhere. President Obama talks about them bombing Syria, and the good that the unmanned aircrafts can do, but nobody is talking about the damage they are doing here in America.

The remote controlled aerial drones are barely regulated and are now wreaking havoc on the American people.

In LA, an 11-month-old girl was hit in the head by a crashing drone and was sent to the hospital. She was in a stroller hit in the middle of the day.

A New York teacher was charged with reckless endangerment after crashing his drone during the US Open tennis tournament.

In Louisiana, a man shot down a drone being flown by his neighbor because he said it was spying on his wife.

During a nice day in the Hamptons, several people strolling down the street dodged a drone that hit the sidewalk and burst into flames.

In a Sunnyvale California park, a fire spread to over an acre before local fire department was able to put it out. How did it start? You guessed it, a drone.

Adam Rupeka in New York got mad when the State Police confiscated his drone after flying it into the State Capitol in Albany.

Then there is this. A giant brick of marijuana falling from the sky crushed an Arizona couple’s doghouse. Apparently the package fell from a drone.

These stories all happened since September 1st and are just a few of the many that are out there.

Drones are becoming more popular, and now are becoming more dangerous. It is just a matter of time before lawmakers start restricting drone use to every third Thursday from 6:00am to 7:00am.

In the meantime, keep your head up when walking your baby or watching a tennis match. And whatever you do, don’t let your dog get crushed by a ton of weed. Also remember that if you neighbor is spying on your wife with a drone, it is illegal to shoot it down.

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Colorado has long rejected tax holidays on things like school supplies, clothing, and energy efficient appliances, but on September 16th, the state will be giving a tax break on the sale of marijuana.

A loophole in the tax laws are requiring the state to issue the holiday which will waive the 10% sales tax collected by retailers and the 15% excise tax on grower to retailer transactions. Officials save said that it may cost up to $4 million to lose tax revenue for a day. Retailers are expecting enormous crowds and are already preparing for the influx of potheads banging down their doors.

The state decriminalized use and possession of cannabis in 2012 and made provisions for retail sales in 2013. A year of sales has brought the amount of collected tax into question. Senator Pat Steadman, a Colorado Democrat, claims the issue will not arise again and that, “This is only a first-year problem.”

The “Stoner Holiday” that will shave $20 off the price of each ounce is an accidental gift from conservatives. After the permanent implementation of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) in 2005 voters must approve new taxes based on a formula based on state spending, collections, and population growth. If the amount collected is more than the estimates, the state is expected to issue refunds. Colorado is not actually collecting more pot taxes than estimated, in fact less is being collected than anticipated. But total state spending threw off the equation because of overall improvements to the economy. For reasons like this, many other states have criticized TABOR and have refused to enact it themselves.

When TABOR is triggered the tax rate is required to be cut to zero. The holiday is meant to appease this concession. A permanent decrease in the sales tax of marijuana to 8% is set to take effect in 2017 in order to more accurately represent a “fair tax” and to help control black market sales by minimizing the discrepancy of legal prices to street sales.

A vote will be held to determine whether or not the state can keep the excess tax collected. Citizens will be expected to turn up for a populous vote about the issue. Should the vote be “Yes”, the first $40 million will be used for school construction; a vote of “No” would see the money being refunded through tax refunds to growers and retailers, and the rest would be added to the refunds of citizens. It is not expected that the vote will garner much attention.

The curious predicament of the Colorado legislature will doubtless be widely debated as other states consider the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.

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In a scene that audiences would likely reject as too corny for a movie, a drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard last week. To the surprise of exactly zero observers, the illicit airmail touched off a massive fight in the prison yard.

The Mansfield Correctional Facility, about 65 miles from Cleveland in Mansfield, Ohio, received its unexpected cache of forbidden fruits on July 29, in the prison exercise yard. The Mansfield News Journal reports that the package contained 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana and 6.6 grams of heroin.

Nine inmates were nearby when the special delivery touched down, and immediately started a brawl over rights to the cache of drugs. Their commotion brought the rest of the yard over, and approximately 205 inmates in the yard had to be moved inside. Police used pepper spray to break up the fight, and there were no serious injuries.

The inmates, naturally, were searched, run through sensors, and “clinic checked” to ensure they hadn’t made off with any contraband. The nine brawlers were removed to solitary confinement.

The incident shines a new spotlight on questions about drone use. The flying machines are used by search and rescue teams, police and military personnel, and online retail colossus Amazon intends to use them to ship products in the near future.

Amazon will be behind the drug smugglers in the marketplace, though, as this isn’t even the first attempted shipment at Mansfield. JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal “We have had other instances of unmanned aerial systems breaching security. The agency’s top security administrators are taking a broad approach to increase awareness and detection of unmanned aerial systems.”

More recently, privacy concerns have come into play. On Sunday, June 26, a Kentucky man shot a drone he claimed was hovering over his property and his 16-year-old daughter, saying he has a right to protect his privacy. He was arrested on charges of wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.

The FAA currently offers safety “guidelines” for drone flying, as opposed to hard rules. The guidelines include staying above 400 feet of altitude and avoiding people. In the Kentucky incident, the drone owners say they were never below 193 feet of altitude, and the man who shot it claims more like 10 feet.

Drones have also proved to be a public safety hazard. In recent California forest fire-fighting operations, three separate times privately owned drones flying over the area caused firefighters to ground their firefighting aircraft for fear of a deadly incident.

Jorge Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, announced $75,000 in rewards for the citizen who identifies the drone operators in this case. A Southern California Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, has also proposed legislation to allow firefighters to simply shoot the drones next time something like that happens.

Like many other technological advances, drones are proving to be tricky to deal with. How do we balance the rights of privacy, and public safety, with general freedoms? Is the solution to allow homeowners to blow drones out of the sky over their property? What about those that interfere with public servants, like in California? Or those that smuggle contraband?

While the temptation is certainly there for lawmakers to slap a band-aid fix over each individual incident, that will simply lead to another byzantine morass of unnavigable statutes that make every behavior the wrong one. A good start might be giving the FAA’s current list of seven suggestions the force of law. The current system of no accountability is demonstrably not working, and as these flying computers become more affordable, more and more people will have them. Just imagine, iDrone 6, flying over a private pool near you.

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Meth Smuggling California

As if there weren’t plenty of good reasons to secure the famously porous southern border, a San Diego newspaper reports a record-high number of methamphetamine seizures at U.S. ports of entry on the California-Mexico border.

Figures provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveal an astounding 300% increase in California meth seizures coming from Mexico in the last few years. In the last fiscal year, 14,732 pounds of meth were seized by the San Diego Border Patrol office, accounting for a whopping 63% of the synthetic drugs seized at all of the nation’s land, air and sea ports of entry combined. Besides the obvious downside of foreign illicit drugs flowing into the country, it’s overwhelming our already swamped courts, according to authorities cited in the article. Federal prosecutors in San Diego confirm that “meth cases continue to represent the largest part of our drug prosecutions” in the last two or three years. County prosecutors that try state crimes have also seen a big increase in meth cases.

Here’s a snippet from the news story: “Methamphetamine seizures at U.S. ports of entry on the California-Mexico border reached unprecedented levels in fiscal 2014, as drug trafficking organizations strive to smuggle growing quantities of the low-cost Mexican-made product into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show 14,732 pounds of meth seized by the San Diego field office during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, accounting for 63 percent of the synthetic drug seized at all land, air and sea ports of entry nationwide.”

A federal agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confirms that the California border is the main smuggling route for Mexican cartels flooding the U.S. marketplace with cheap meth. The agency, which is responsible for enforcing the nation’s controlled substances laws and regulations, estimates that 90% of the meth consumed in the U.S. is manufactured in Mexico. The National Institute on Drug Abuse calls them “superlabs” where the extremely addictive stimulant is produced en masse. Meth comes in the form of a white, odorless crystalline powder that’s taken orally, smoked, snorted or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected.

Once the drug gets smuggled through the southwest border, it’s distributed throughout the country, as far away as New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Montana and throughout California. It’s a huge and lucrative business run by violent street gangs in the U.S. In fact, last year ten members of the 18th Street gang, the largest gang in Los Angeles County, were indicted for running a large-scale meth and drug-trafficking business in the area. It turns out that 18th Street gang leaders deported from the U.S. in the 1990s helped spread the gang across Central America and into Mexico, according to news coverage of the case.

Drug smuggling—and associated violence—in the southern border region has long been a serious problem and in fact Judicial Watch has reported it for years. Back in 2006 JW wrote about a shocking DHS report documenting how Middle Eastern terrorists, violent Mexican drug cartels and sophisticated human smugglers regularly slip into the U.S. through the southern border. Millions of pounds of illegal drugs were seized entering the country through Mexico in one year alone, the DHS report revealed, including more than a million pounds of cocaine, nearly 7 million pounds of marijuana and almost 17,000 pounds of methamphetamine. This was nearly a decade ago!

In 2010 the National Drug Intelligence Center, dismantled by the Obama administration after nearly two decades of operation, published equally alarming figures regarding the Mexican drug crisis. In a detailed report published by JW, the now-defunct agency revealed that in 2009 thousands of metric tons of heroin, meth, marijuana and cocaine were smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico and that tens of billions of dollars in drug proceeds flowed back south. At that point, much of the smuggled drugs came through the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in Arizona, so the problem is spreading like wildfire across the vast southern border which spans around 2,000 miles.



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