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During the last week of January 2012, in Tucson, AZ, local and federal investigators arrested 14 suspected members of a drug-trafficking organization. They believe this organization has been in operation for more than 10 years and is suspected of also being involved with money laundering and weapons.
It is reported in the Arizona Central that the group has been smuggling large quantities of marijuana and cocaine from Mexico through the border city of Nogales and hiding the drugs in dump trucks as they made their way into the U.S. The drugs were then stored in homes in Nogales, Rio Rico, Tucson and Phoenix.
Do you think the US has done enough to stop this from coming over from the Mexican border?
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The US has tried to do enough but continuing to throw money at this problem year after year is a bad idea and waste of money and resources. If these drugs were regulated and taxed, drug programs funded people would be helped and money made. Alcoholism actually went down after prohibition. We will never be rid of drugs so a alternative that would make money and control the drugs makes sense to me.
That also makes a lot of sense to me. The problem I see is that too many politicians have a vested interest in keeping the present system alive.
The DEA tried to get factories which produced certain ingredients to make certain that those factories knew exactly who their customers were. It turns out that the Mexican drug cartel was buying cold medication ingredients to make meth by the boatload - literally.
Lobbyists for big-pharma lobbied Congress and Congress exempted ingredients from cold medicines but preserved the rest of the bill.
We have the best government lobbyists can buy.
That is exactly the kind of vested interest among politicians that is taking place on every level of government. Add to that the vested interest in keeping the flow of Mexican illegals coming across the border carrying drugs on their backs. So what the solution?
I think regulation of some kind. The dispensorys(?) in california actually work,make money and pay a boatload in taxes and permits. Some will say that kids will be able to get the drugs easier, well I have a 17 year old in high school and the stories he tells me, these kids have absolutely no problems getting anything they want. I definately don't know the answers but anything has got to be better than what is in play now