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11.04.14 Rhett Jones

While we might laugh at half-assed “digital drugs” here in America, in the land of medieval punishment known as Saudi Arabia, they take them very seriously. According to Arab News, Abdullah Al-Sharif, Secretary General of the National Commission for Drug Control in Saudi Arabia released a statement about its mission to “curb the spread of this scourge”: […]

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10.22.12 Marina Galperina

So, this one time, artist Pedro Reyes had 1527 donated firearms steamrolled, melted and made into shovels that kids used to plant 1527 trees, in Culiacán, Mexico, known for its high gun-related deaths. How sweet. Blegh. But then, the Mexican government heard about Reyes’ upcycling ways and said, hey, we’ve got all these machine guns, revolvers, shot-guns, various handguns and […]

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03.16.11 Marina Galperina

Natalia Almada’s artful documentary film El Velador follows Martin as he looks after “the extravagant mausoleums of Mexico’s most notorious Drug Lords” and, when needed, picks up severed heads left as warnings. […]

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01.29.11 Lauri Apple

Have you been feeling safer lately? It’s possibly because U.S. Marshals have finally arrested Mark Steven Philips, a former member of Miami’s Black Tuna Gang who had disappeared in the middle of his federal trial for racketeering, possession and distribution back in 1979. […]

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11.17.10 Marina Galperina

Want to stop doing dope and “reset your tolerance levels to zero, like you’ve never done drugs?” Try ibogaine, the root bark from the tabernanthe iboga plant. Get cured and “paralyzed by hallucinations” of vicious monsters, “washed in love,” or turn into bark, as per artist Levi Van Veluw’s illustrations. Illegal in the US, the extreme PCP-LSD-hybrid-like […]

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07.09.10 Bucky Turco

Of course South America’s cocaine kingpins are winning the War on Drugs, they’ve got really nifty submarines, like this one recently seized by Ecuadorian police near the Colombian border. Meanwhile, the U.S. is forced to make due with its meager inventory of drones, battleships, tanks, helicopters, jets, and satellites. |NYT| […]

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06.24.10 Bucky Turco

As the global demand for cocaine and heroin declined in developed countries—the third world is still happily getting high on these substances—there’s been a steady rise in the abuse of synthetic and prescription drugs says the UN. Well, that’s certainly good news for meth dealers and pharmaceutical companies alike. |AP| […]

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12.23.09 Bucky Turco

Former mountain bike champion and newly self-confessed drug trafficker, Missy Giove, could face 40 years and a $2 million fine for her role in coordinating shipments of weed from Cali to the East Coast. She was busted in upstate New York earlier this year with approximately 400 lbs. of weed and on Monday, in federal […]

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10.19.09 Bucky Turco

U.S. border patrol agents in Arizona looking for illegal immigrants found horses carrying bales of Mexican dirt weed instead. The human smugglers reportedly left their four-legged conspirators behind to avoid arrest. Almost 1000 pounds of low quality herb was discovered and according to authorities, the “horses and marijuana were held for further processing.” Photo by […]

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10.07.09 Bucky Turco

The Russian version of the DEA announced that it will share its information on Afghan drugs with U.S. authorities if they agree to respond in kind reports RIA Novosti. The head of the agency, Viktor Ivanov, apparently brokered a drugs for drug lords arrangement: “We will transfer to the Americans 175 brands of drugs made […]

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