"Mundo Narco" Blog Administrator Killed

Blog Del Narco is reporting that the administrator of the Mexican narco blog "Mundo Narco" was killed by sicarios at his home. The victim was identified as Luis Gustavo Hernandez Bocanegra, 27 years of age, originally from Culiacan, Sinaloa. According to reports heavily armed men arrived at the home of the victim and shot him in front of his family. The gunmen managed to flee undetected.

According to witnesses, several men knocked at the home of the victim, who opened the door and told his family to leave to another room. The wife of the victim then heard numerous gunshots.

09.10.12

Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal

Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy.

There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past.

04.21.12


The True Story Of Los Zetas, Power Unparalleled In Mexico

The review of the book "The Executioner of Men" published in Proceso immediately becomes an object of desire for any scholar or anyone interested on the subject of drug trafficking in Mexico, especially the analysis of the phenomenon during the presidency of Felipe Calderón and the origin of Los Zetas in 1999, ie at the end of the presidency of Ernesto Zedillo.

Next to be released is a fully turbulent election campaign in Mexico, the authors George W. Grayson and Samuel Logan panoram suggest that the politician is disrupted by the cartels to carry out their activities with impunity, that is, establish a parallel government with key routes for the smuggling of drugs

04.21.12


The Origins Of Los Zetas And Its Founders

The Zetas are a Mexican criminal organization, whose main business is kidnapping, car theft, murder, extortion and drug trafficking.

The group was formed from a group of soldiers who deserted the Special Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE), Amphibious Group Special Forces (GANFE) and the Parachute Rifle Brigade (BFP) of the Mexican Army, founded in 1994 to mark the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas and one traditional group of elite soldiers who were trained by the CIA of the United States, commandos of military advisories of the Israeli Sayeret Matkal and the French GIGN.

04.21.12


April 15th Mayhem In Monterrey: 15 Die

Five individuals were shot to death and at least three more were wounded in a shooting at a dance in northern Monterrey, Nuevo Leon early Sunday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.

The shooting took place at around 0030 hrs at El Dorado Saloon near the intersection of avenidas Camino Real and Primero de Mayo in CROC colony, where several armed suspects entered the dance hall and started firing their weapons in the air demanding everyone get on the floor.

04.21.12


Mexican Mayor Arrested With Suspected Drug Traffickers

The mayor of the city of Chinameca was arrested along with several suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel in the Gulf state of Veracruz, the Mexican Defense Secretariat said.

Martin Padua Zuñiga, a member of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, was detained early Wednesday at a house where several gunmen had taken shelter during a shootout with army troops, the secretariat said in a statement.

The house is in the Centro district of Minatitlan, a city in southern Veracruz.

04.21.12


11 Gulf Cartel Members Arrested In Monterrey

Eleven suspected Gulf cartel members wanted for 21 murders and five kidnappings were arrested when they arrived at the airport in Monterrey, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, officials said Thursday.

The suspected drug traffickers were arrested a week ago on their return with about 80 relatives from a vacation in the Caribbean resort city of Cancun, Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina said.

04.21.12


15 Die In Bar Massacre In Chihuahua City

A total of 15 individuals were shot to death and another two were wounded in a shooting at a bar in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Friday night, according to Mexican news accounts.

The shooting took place around 2100 hrs at the bar El Colorado near the intersection of calles Cipres and Gonzalez Cossio in Las Granjas colony.

The shooting followed a familiar pattern: at least ten armed suspects exited from five vehicles, entered the bar and began shooting. Some of the shooters appeared to be under aged. Upon exiting the bar, the shooters fired their weapons into the air to scare away onlookers before fleeing aboard their vehicles.

04.21.12


The Capture Of El Chapo Could Boost Politician For Race Toward Presidency

A little over two months of the presidential elections in Mexico, the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could be a historic achievement for President Felipe Calderon, and consequently, a huge boost for the candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota.

The world's most wanted drug lord who escaped from the Mexican authorities on January 2001, could return to prison "soon," according to press statements from Attorney General Cuitlahuac Salinas who heads the organization Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime, who said that a few weeks ago “El Chapo” almost got caught.

04.21.12


Oaksterdam: 'They Didn't Knock Us Out - Just Down'

Two weeks and a few days after the Federal Government raided Richard Lee's world in Oakland, showing the Cannabis World who's boss, Oaksterdam is back.

At a mid-morning press conference held in the last remaining quarters left to the University, Richard Lee officially stepped down as the school's dean to pursue drug policy reform, on a national level, full-time. Dale Sky Jones, Oaksterdam's executive chancellor, will continue the University's commitment of quality training for the cannabis industry, as per Richard's mission statement.

04.21.12

Homeland Security Searches Your Facebook For Marijuana

​You knew it would come to this, right? Lest you think those hard-working goons at the Department of Homeland Security are slacking in their jobs -- you know, spying on your everyday activities -- it has been revealed that the domestic surveillance agency has been scouring your online postings for, among other things, the word "marijuana."

Homeland Security personnel regularly monitor updates on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, to uncover "Items Of Interest" (IOI), according to an internal DHS memo released by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), reports Animal New York.

03.01.12


5 Tons Of Marijuana Seized In Colombia

Could Colombia be making a play to return to its days of glory, back in the late 1970s, when it was likely the number one supplier of marijuana in the world? One could easily assume as much based upon the multi-ton busts happening there recently.

Colombian police seized almost 10,000 pounds -- nearly five tons -- of marijuana over the span of three drays in Medellin and Pereira, authorities said on Monday, reports Sara Gates at The Huffington Post.

According to Colombia Reports, in the main bust, Medellin police arrested four men who tried to smuggle 5,000 pounds of weed in a truck carrying oranges. The payload, consisting of "more than 101 bales of marijuana," weighed about 5,597 pounds.

03.01.12


Medical Marijuana In Idaho Legislature; Voter Initiative Underway

A group in Idaho wants to legalize medical marijuana there, and is collecting signatures to get the initiative on the November general election ballot. Meanwhile, a medicinal cannabis bill is already before the Legislature.

House Bill 370, the Idaho Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, is sponsored by Rep. Tom Trail (R-Moscow), reports Todd Kunz at Local News 8. It would establish a system for patients to legally get and use cannabis.

Should HB 70 die in the Legislature, the Boise-based group Compassionate Idaho is already collecting signatures to get a medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot. They need 47,500 signatures to qualify; they say they're shooting for 50,000.

03.01.12


Colorado Marijuana Legalization Qualifies For November Ballot

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler certified an initiative for the state's November general election ballot that would legalize personal marijuana possession and allow regulated sales of marijuana to adults.

Gessler announced that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in more than the required number of valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Voters in Colorado will have the opportunity to vote on this measure on November 6.

03.01.12


Napolitano Says Mexican Drug War Not A Failure

Never mind what your ears, your eyes and your brain tell you. The Mexican Drug War, despite the fact that it has produced a river of blood and no results, is "not a failure," claimed U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

The bloodshed began in earnest in December 2006, and has, to date, claimed more than 40,000 lives in Mexico, according to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), which published an online Google map of the killings, reports Daniel Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

03.01.12

Apologies Been Sick & Busy With Work

I apologize that the posts here at No More Drug War have been getting sporadic as of late. I've been very sick lately while using any little free time to keep up with the demands of my job. I hope that everyone who visits my blog enjoys the content that I provide and helps to share it with friends on social media formats. I do this for free and as a hobby, so the best way to pay it forward is to share with as many of your friends as possible. Spread the truth. Most media outlets don't report on the subjects that come up on this website. Thank you and Enjoy!

02.25.12

Armed Attack On El Buen Tono Newspaper Veracruz On Video

Through the web a youtube video began to spread about the attackers of the daily El Buen Tono, in Cordoba Veracruz, owned by businessman Jose Abella.

This video entitled "Armed attack to the newspaper El Buen Tono", reveals how at 00:24 hrs on November 6, 2011, a group armed men begin to make havoc of glass, doors, cubicles, they pour gasoline and set on fire.

In the video, which lasted about four minutes, you can see two women, one of these faint.

02.18.12


Sixteen arrested: San Antonio-Del Rio-Acuna "Los Zetas" Weapons Smuggling

The San Antonio FBI Field Office has confirmed more people have been detained without bond after their arrest in a series of firearm and weapon smuggling operations for the Los Zetas Drug Trafficking Organization in Mexico.

Investigation by various law enforcement teams resulted in the arrest of 16 people earlier this month who were charged in a series of indictments returned by a federal grand jury in Del Rio.

02.18.12


Gulf Cartel Boss Exploits Turmoil In Northeast Mexico

The shifting balance of power in northeast Mexico has been bad news for the Gulf Cartel, which has seen its influence decline, but a new report from Proceso suggests that one Gulf leader, known as “El Coss,” has benefited from the changing landscape.

The 2010 split between the Gulf Cartel and their erstwhile armed wing, the Zetas, has triggered hundreds of killings in the northeastern states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, which the two groups previously ruled as, essentially, a single organization. The Zetas, whose expansion and violent tactics made them notorious even prior to the split, emerged with a larger share of the territory. They have since expanded, now operating in far-flung states like Jalisco, and have even popped up in Sinaloa.

02.18.12


"NO MORE WEAPONS"

President Felipe Calderon inaugurated a sign in English with the plea "No More Weapons!" directed to the United States on the border between both nations in Ciudad Juarez.

The sign, forged from the metal of confiscated weapons, will greet traffic on the southern end of the Americas International bridge that connects Juarez with El Paso, Texas.

Flanked by members of his national security team, the mayor of Juarez and the Governor of Chihuahua, Calderon launched a new demand that the United States do everything in its power to end the trafficking of arms into Mexico.

02.18.12


Mexican Cartel Strategic Note

At a military ceremony yesterday, Mexican Defense Minister Guillermo Galvan Galva described the national security situation in stark terms. “Clearly, in some sectors of the country public security has been completely overrun,” said Galvan, adding that “it should be recognized that national security is seriously threatened.” He went on to say that organized crime in the country has managed to penetrate not only society, but also the country’s state institutions.

02.18.12


On Marijuana, Obama Is The New Divider

By the time our drug-addled President landed in San Francisco around 3 p.m., he'd already scored one bust for the day when some wrong-way Cessna had the bad misfortune to be within 10 miles of Air Force One's air space that the Feds already had dibs on. Two F-16's intercepted the myopic business person, forcing the ganja express to land. Officials claim that large amounts of marijuana were found.

Welcome to California, Mr. President. Now try to pretend that there isn't an economy here that is based on the cultivation of cannabis.

02.18.12


Polish Activists Smoke Marijuana In Front Of Parliament

A prominent politician and several other activists have smoked marijuana in front of the Polish Parliament as part of their campaign to legalize cannabis in the Eastern European country.

With police looking on, Janusz Palikot, the head of the left-wing Palikot's Movement, took a few tokes from a joint under falling snow on Friday to make his point, reports the Associated Press.

Dozens more gathered around a platform where they smoked cannabis and chanted "Grow It, Smoke It, Legalize It."

02.18.12


Marijuana Odor Overpowers Police Station

The strong odor of marijuana from the evidence room at a local police station in Florida seems to be a real problem for some whiny cops.

"The biggest complaint is how strong the odor is," said Atlantic Beach Police Commander Victor Gualillo, reports ActionNewsJax.com.

All seized dope collected during busts is stored in a 200-square-foot evidence room at the station.

02.18.12


Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Dies In Washington Legislature

​Almost 14 years after Washington state voters approved the medicinal use of cannabis, patients in many parts of the state still have no safe access to it. A bill which would have formally legalized medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington has died in the Legislature.

Thus ends yet another effort to clearly define the legal status of the cannabis storefronts, of which there are already more than 100 in Seattle, Tacoma and surrounding areas, reports Jonathan Martin at the Seattle Times.

Although there were enough votes in the Senate to pass the bill, according to sponsor Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle), it didn't make it past the deadline for bills to advance because of limited time in the short session, as well as due to opposition from some Republican lawmakers and a handful of cities.

02.18.12


Drive Launched To Inform Voters Of Obama's Hostility To Marijuana

Leaders of a broad coalition of national and Colorado-based marijuana advocacy organizations held a press conference in Denver on Thursday to announce the launch of the Patient Voter Project. Its mission is to shine a light on the Obama Administration's behavior in the state and to keep medical cannabis patients, their families, and their supporters in the state up-to-date about the latest hostile actions being carried out by the feds.

The project is a joint effort of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Sensible Colorado, Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America (MMAPA), Just Say Now, and others with a combined reach in Colorado of more than 40,000 online supporters.

02.18.12

Cousins On Trial In Memphis As Hit Men For Sinaloa Cartel/Craig Petties

Two Tennessee men were contract killers who kidnapped and murdered those who threatened a drug ring that imported cocaine from Mexico to be sold on the streets of U.S. cities, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

Opening statements in the trial of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis began Monday.

Defense attorneys countered that their clients are innocent. They said the government’s case will be based on questionable testimony from men who have admitted being gang members and received reduced charges and sentences in return for their cooperation.

02.14.12


Mexico Chooses Woman To Lead Federal Police

Mexican President Felipe Calderon named Maribel Cervantes Guerrero as the new commander of the Federal Police, tasking her with directing government strategy against crime nationwide, an official communique said.

The federal Public Safety Secretariat said that Cervantes, the first woman to head the Federal Police, has been “trained by leading security agencies in matters of crime data and criminal-operations analysis, intelligence, strategic planning, anti-terrorism, investigations and policing techniques in Spain, Israel and the United States.

02.14.12


Juarez' Cops Under Attack Again

A Ciudad Juarez police patrol unit was attacked this morning in the community of Emiliano Zapata, as it patrolled through the street División del Norte and at least two of the officers in the patrol unit resulted seriously injured.

The incident took place around 8:00 in the morning when the patrol unit number 151 was circulating that artery and came across the junction with the street Pedro de Alba at which time it was surprised by several gunmen traveling in a brown Ford Explorer.

02.14.12


Mexican Governor Got Millions In Drug Cash

U.S. drug agents have evidence that cartel leaders paid millions to a Mexican border state governor and other figures in Mexico's former ruling party in exchange for political influence, according to a court filing in Texas.

Confidential informants told Drug Enforcement Administration investigators that leaders of the Zetas and Gulf cartels made payments to Institutional Revolutionary Party members including Tomas Yarrington, who served as governor of Tamaulipas state in 1999-2004, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, Texas.

02.14.12


Mexico Arrests 9 Linked To Sinaloa Drug Cartel

Nine members of a gang allied with the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel were arrested this week in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, a high-ranking Mexican police officer said Friday.

The detentions represent a heavy blow to the La Barredora outfit, the head of the Federal Police regional security division, Luis Cardenas Palomino told a press conference in the capital.

02.14.12


Sweden Approves Liquid Cannabis Prescription Drug Sativex

​Medicinal cannabis -- or at least a liquid pharmaceutical extract made from it -- is available as a prescription in Sweden after the Medical Products Agency approved Sativex, a cannabis-based mouth spray, for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

"This is great news for those who can't get any relief from the most common drugs," Jan Hillert, an MS researcher at Karolinska Institute, told the Dagens Nyheter daily newspaper, reports The Local.

The agency said that it plans to closely monitor prescriptions for Sativex to ensure against abuse.

02.14.12


Congress OKs Medical Marijuana Everywhere With DC Rules

If one prominent attorney is right about the legal ramifications of the District of Columbia's marijuana law -- specifically, that it was approved by the U.S. Congress -- then it could be a game-changer nationwide.

D.C.'s medical marijuana law was the first time that the United States Congress had ever given its explicit assent to any state or local law that permits the medicinal use of marijuana -- and, according to a California attorney who specializes in health care compliance, that is enormously significant under the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

02.14.12


Clueless Anti-Drug Agencies Oppose Medical Marijuana In Ohio

Surprise, surprise. Members of two local "drug-fighting" agencies in Ohio are going public with their opposition to two possible statewide ballot issues in November, either of which would legalize the use of medical marijuana for certain types of illnesses with a doctor's authorization. Job security, anyone?

"We wanted to take early action to get our position out there," said Brian Kress, chairman of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.

Joining Kress in opposing the use of medicinal cannabis is the Anti-Drug Coalition of Carroll County, reports Jon Baker of the Dover-New Philadelphia Times Reporter.

02.14.12


Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In West Virginia

​Delegate Mike Manypenny, who said he's convinced the Lord put marijuana in His grand scheme of creation to provide mankind with relief from chronic pain, has introduced a bill in the West Virginia House of Delegates which would allow the medicinal use of cannabis in the state.

​According to Manypenny, the Bible itself proves that God intended that man use marijuana for medical reasons, and he thinks his fellow members in the House of Delegates realize this, reports Mannix Porterfield of the Beckley Register-Herald.

02.14.12


Arizona Legislator Wants To Ban The Term 'Medical Marijuana'

​Arizona voters approved medical marijuana back in 2010. But there's no such thing, insists GOP state Rep. Bob Robson, and he not only wants his fellow lawmakers to stop using that term; he wants it struck from all bills which reference it.

"We're already tacitly committing this body to recognizing something that doesn't really exist," said Robson, a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives hailing from Chandler.

He's urging that the term be struck from all bills that contain the words "medical marijuana."

02.14.12

15 Bodies Found In Mass Graves In Veracruz

A suspected member of the Zetas drug cartel led Mexican authorities to mass graves at two ranches in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz where marines unearthed 15 bodies by Wednesday.

The navy said its personnel detained Francisco Alvarado Martagon on Tuesday when he tried to drive a vehicle without license plates past a military checkpoint near the city of Acayucan.

Once in custody, Alvarado Martagon confessed to being a head lookout for the Zetas, the navy said.

02.11.12


Teen Drug Couriers Busted At The El Paso-Juárez Border

Three teenage drug couriers were stopped at the border in the El Paso region in less than a week in what U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials described as an abnormal number.

"The number of juvenile drug smugglers we apprehended this week is greater than we typically see. Usually we average about three to four cases per month," said Christopher Saindon, acting CBP El Paso director of field operations.
"Parents should take note and talk to their children about the criminal consequences and dangers associated with drug smuggling," Saindon said in a statement.

02.11.12


The Drug War’s Invisible Victims

There are many kinds of war. The classic image of a uniformed soldier kissing mom good-bye to risk his life on the battlefield has changed dramatically. In today’s wars, it’s more likely that mom will be the one killed.

The UNDP states that by the mid-1990s, 90% of war casualties were civilians- mostly women and children.

02.11.12


Medical Marijuana To Hit Vermont Dispensaries

The wait's not over yet, and the demand is high. For medical marijuana, that is.

A law passed last year will allow up to four privately operated medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Vermont as early as this summer.

Although the program is designed to be non-profit, it costs $2,500 just to apply for a medical marijuana certificate that allows citizens to own a dispensary, according to an article on WCAX.com. Additionally, $150,000 is needed to offset the cost of running the dispensary.

02.11.12


Jodie Emery On Sun TV

Cannabis activist Jodie Emery appeared Wednesday on Canada's answer to the Fox News network, Sun TV, to discuss new Conservative drugs laws that would give non-violent marijuana growers longer prison sentences than child rapists.

Sun TV host Michael Coren asked Emery about recent media reports criticizing Stephen Harper and the Conservatives' proposed crime bill, C-10, which would give pot growers more jail time than "someone who rapes a toddler or forces a five-year-old to have sex with an animal."

"Is this really true or is this just a campaign that you're running?" Coren asked Emery.

02.11.12


Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced In Maryland

​Two bills were introduced Friday in the Maryland House and Senate that would allow patients with certain qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana with doctors' recommendations.

The bills, HB 1024 and HB 1148, are based on the recommendations of a study panel created by the Legislature in 2011 and were introduced in the state House by Del. Dan Morhaim. Senator Jamie Raskin is expected to sponsor similar legislation in the state Senate.

One version of the legislation, championed by state lawmakers on the work group, allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients who could then purchase it from licensed dispensaries, all of which would be overseen by an independent commission.

02.11.12


Virgin Group Founder Joins Drug Policy Alliance Honorary Board

Richard Branson Joins Powerful Group That Includes Sting, Arianna Huffington, Russell Simmons, Former Heads of State, and Former U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Surgeon General, Attorney General and Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Virgin Group founder and social entrepreneur Richard Branson has joined the Honorary Board of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the U.S.-based organization that is fighting for alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

02.11.12


Drug Smugglers Breach Fence 2012

Drug smugglers use a high lift jack to raise a fence panel allowing back packers to easily cross into the U.S..

Drug smugglers carrying bundles of marijuana open a hole on the border fence and simply walk into the US along an unwatched section of aouthern Arizona.

02.11.12