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It’s time to end the war on drugs

In April of this year, U.N. member states will meet at for the first U.N. General Assembly Special Session on Drugs since 1998. At the last meeting the international community committed to achieving a “drug free world.” This time it can move into the post “war on drugs” era.

Costa Rica busts speedboat-using cocaine smuggling ring

Costa Rican authorities busted a ring Wednesday that used speedboats and fishing vessels to smuggle in cocaine from Colombia and Ecuador, officials said.

White House seeks nearly $1.2 billion for drug prevention, treatment, overdose response

WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House officials announced Tuesday that they will seek nearly $1.2 billion in new federal funding over the next two years to address the growing problem of heroin and prescription opioid use, an epidemic that has become an increasingly important policy priority among the nation's politicians.

Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws

Mexico opened on Tuesday the first of five debates that could lead to changes in the country's prohibitionist marijuana laws, as a top official acknowledged public support for medical cannabis.

Marine general closes career defending the organization carrying out the war on drugs

U.S. Marine Gen. John Kelly stepped down as the chief of U.S. Southern Command on Thursday, marking the end of a 45-year career that included commanding Marines during the invasion of Iraq, overseeing the military's controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and becoming a high-profile Gold Star parent after his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Univision to air TV series on ‘El Chapo’

The U.S. Spanish-language television network Univision announced Tuesday it will air a series later this year on the life of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, written by a former Colombian trafficker.

Mexico drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán back in jail, betrayed by biopic bid

Betrayed by his desire to make a biopic, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was back Saturday in the prison he escaped from six months ago, amid calls to extradite him to the United States.

3 tons of cocaine seized in major Spain drug bust

MADRID, Spain – In a major drugs bust, Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized three tons of Colombian cocaine and arrested 12 suspected drug smugglers from Spain, Britain and the Netherlands.

Mexico mayor assassinated one day after taking office

Several gunmen burst into the home of a newly elected Mexican mayor and shot her dead on Saturday, just hours into her tenure, police said.

Clash in El Chapo’s hometown leaves 2 dead in Mexico

Mexican forces clashed with suspected organized crime figures in the hometown of fugitive drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, killing two and netting 4.5 tons of marijuana, the Navy said Saturday.

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