Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From Tree: Corrupt Panama Unit Answered Directly to Sheriff Treviño

March 6, 2013 in News

The Monitor | Federal courts records describe a sting operation, which caught all four lawmen accepting bribes from confidential informants to guard drug shipments.

Lessons from the Failed War on Drugs

February 22, 2013 in News

Der Spiegel | The global war on drugs has cost billions and taken countless lives — but achieved little. The scant results finally have politicians and experts joining calls for legalization.

Federal Investigation Leads To Arrests of Ten Atlanta Metro Area Police Officers for Guarding Drug Deals

February 18, 2013 in News

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | ll eight Forest Park police sergeants were called to the department Tuesday for routine training. Victor Middlebrook and Andrew Monroe, two solid officers recently promoted to sergeant, were teamed up…

Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin “Chapo” Guzman Replaces Al Capone as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1

February 14, 2013 in News

Michael Tarm Associated Press (via CNS news) February 14, 2013   CHICAGO (AP) — A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the [...]

Escalating Turf Wars Between Shifting Drug Cartel Alliances Compels Some to Flee Reynosa

February 8, 2013 in News

Ildefonso Ortiz The Monitor February 8, 2013   REYNOSA — Abandoned homes and “for sale” signs are all that’s left. But the La Fuentes neighborhood used to be one of [...]

Can Vigilante Justice Save Mexico?

February 7, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat February 7, 2013   AYUTLA DE LOS LIBRES, Mexico — For almost a month now, hundreds of masked men wielding old shotguns, rifles, revolvers and machetes have claimed [...]

CENTCOM Suspends Ban on Afghan Airline Tied to Opium Smuggling

February 7, 2013 in News

Heath Druzin Stars and Stripes February 7, 2013   KABUL — The U.S. military is backtracking on a decision to blacklist an Afghan airline for allegedly smuggling drugs through Tajikistan. [...]

Cocaine Trade, Violence Still Plague Guatemala After Nearly $100 Million in U.S. “Aid”

February 5, 2013 in News

Robert Beckhusen Wired February 5, 2013   The U.S. isn’t just shoveling cash to stem the tide of narcotics in Mexico and Colombia. Quietly, it’s built up its drug war [...]

TSA Duo Busted in FBI Drug Smuggling Sting Operation

February 1, 2013 in News

Ernie Suggs Atlanta Journal-Constitution February 1, 2013   A former TSA agent, who believed he was smuggling heroin for a powerful drug cartel through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport security, was sentenced [...]

Witness Claims “Panama Unit” Officers Busted Him On Lesser Charge To Keep His Cocaine, $25,000 Cash

February 1, 2013 in News

Sergio Chapa Valley Central February 1, 2013   Traces of Reality:  Another chapter in the ongoing Panama Unit scandal in south Texas…  -DB The FBI is protecting a new witness that [...]