NEWS & ANALYSIS

ICE Given Power to Investigate Drug Crimes

An unspecified number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will be given the ability to investigate drug crimes at the U.S. border, long the jurisdiction of Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

State Department Official Outlines Successes and Failures in Drug War

A top official in the State Department on Friday highlighted four countries critical to keeping narcotics off American streets, farms, and cul de sacs and said that the United States is pursuing a "comprehensive solution" to contain drug use and drug-related violence.

Mexico: Shootouts Between Troops and Drug Traffickers Leave 21 Dead

A shootout between Mexican soldiers and drug traffickers around the town of Villa Ahumada in the northern state of Chihuahua has left 21 people dead as Mexico slides further into anarchy, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Drug Testing for Teachers?

Should teachers be subjected to random drug testing? That's a debate currently circulating through the U.S. court system, notes a Time analysis of the issue.

New Law and Bilateral Agreements Help U.S. Stop Semi-Submersible Drug Smuggling

Representatives from the U.S. government discussed new strategies to fight the increasing use of self propelled semi-submersibles (SPSSs) by Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers at the 2008 Marine Security Expo on Wednesday.

CBP Officers Seized More Than $1.3 Million in Drugs Last Week

Twelve people at two California ports of entry were arrested for alleged drug smuggling over a three-day period last week while CBP officers in Kentucky found a bag of heroin inside a woman's suit shipped from India.

South Korea Training Cloned Detection Dogs

The BBC reports that the first cloned detection dogs are being trained in South Korea.

MLB Moves to Secure Team Clubhouses

Major League Baseball has drawn up a new security plan to block performance-enhancing drugs from entering team clubhouses.

White House Says War on Drugs Working

Antidrug chief says the increase in price of cocaine is evidence the U.S. strategy is working.

Illegal Drugs Continue to Pour in from Mexico

A GAO report says more cooperation with Mexico needed.
 




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