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    A Camarena lo ejecutó la CIA, no Caro Quintero

    11 October 2013
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    Una historia que parece sacada de una compleja novela de espionaje acaba de estallar en la televisión estadunidense: Enrique Kiki Camarena, el policía de la DEA asesinado en México en febrero de 1985, aparentemente no fue víctima del capo mexicano Rafael Caro Quintero sino de un oscuro integrante de la CIA. Este sujeto fue el encargado de silenciar al agente antinarcóticos por una grave razón: había descubierto que Washington se asoció con el narcotraficante y usaba las ganancias del trasiego de estupefacientes para financiar las actividades de la contrarrevolución nicaragüense.

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    Droga más barata y más pura

    01 October 2013
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    Si la finalidad de los esfuerzos de las autoridades de EE UU, Europa o Australia –los principales mercados mundiales- frente al tráfico de drogas consiste en dificultar el acceso a las sustancias estupefacientes, el resultado es un claro fracaso. Con ligeras excepciones y, a pesar de los esfuerzos destinados a combatir la oferta, el precio de la heroína, cocaína y cannabis se ha reducido sensiblemente mientras la pureza de estas sustancias ha sido cada vez mayor, según un estudio que publica la revista British Medical Journal.

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    War on illegal drugs failing, medical researchers warn

    01 October 2013
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    The global “war on drugs” has been such a failure that illegal substances are now cheaper and purer than at any period over the past two decades, warns a new report by the Vancouver-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. Data from seven international government-funded drug surveillance systems show that drug use should be considered a public health rather than a criminal justice issue.

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    Police targeting cannabis users

    24 September 2013
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    Police in Copenhagen have cannabis users in their crosshairs as they struggle to close the illegal drug trade in Copenhagen commune Christiania. Task Force Pusher Street, the police’s Christiania unit, has been active since September 2012 and claims to have cut the cannabis trade there by 30 percent and announced that they intend to step up efforts against cannabis. Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen said that he would rather see the sale of cannabis legalised.

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    Las drogas como economía de guerra y el proceso de paz en Colombia: dilemas y desafíos

    • Ricardo Vargas
    22 September 2013

    El cuarto punto sobre el tema de las drogas de la agenda de conversaciones “para la terminación del conflicto” parece simplificar la relación entre drogas y conflicto armado en Colombia. Este informe analiza los retos que plantea el narcotráfico para el desarrollo de una paz sostenible.

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    Véase también: Habla experto que estará en foro de cultivos ilícitos

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    Habla experto que estará en foro de cultivos ilícitos

    21 September 2013
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    Una de las posiciones polémicas en el foro sobre cultivos ilícitos, que, por petición de la mesa de paz de La Habana, organizaron la ONU y la Universidad Nacional y que comienza el martes, será, sin duda, la de Ricardo Vargas, uno de los mayores conocedores de la historia de las Farc en la economía de la coca. (Véase también: Las drogas como economía de guerra y el proceso de paz en Colombia)

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    Drug law enforcement and financial investigation strategies

    31 August 2013

    Since the 1980s, there has been a major push in rhetoric and institution-building, emphasizing the centrality of attacking the financial lifeblood of drug trafficking networks and organised economic crimes. Much progress has been made in legislation and the creation of financial intelligence units. However, there are volumes of commentary and legal analysis, but almost nowhere in the world is there any systematic analysis of law enforcement or criminal justice inputs or outputs, let alone of outcomes in terms of reduced crimes of any kind or reduced harms arising from the ‘organised’ nature of crime.

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    Drug law enforcement and financial investigation strategies

    31 August 2013

    Since the 1980s, there has been a major push in rhetoric and institution-building, emphasizing the centrality of attacking the financial lifeblood of drug trafficking networks and organised economic crimes. Much progress has been made in legislation and the creation of financial intelligence units. However, there are volumes of commentary and legal analysis, but almost nowhere in the world is there any systematic analysis of law enforcement or criminal justice inputs or outputs, let alone of outcomes in terms of reduced crimes of any kind or reduced harms arising from the ‘organised’ nature of crime.

  9. Online activists take on police in Christiania

    01 August 2013
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    In response to the increased police presence in and around Christiania, a number of citizens are fighting back online. Fans of Christiania have long been using a Facebook page, 'Politi razzia på Christiania?' (PRPC), to inform one another of police presence in the freetown. The page has well over 9,000 likes and also been developed into an app for smartphones that allows people to check for police presence before heading to Christiania. The page was created in response to Taskforce Pusher Street.

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    The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy

    Wonkblog
    28 May 2013
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    Law enforcement strategies have utterly failed to even maintain street prices of the key illicit substances. This figure shows that street drug prices fell by roughly a factor of five between in 1980 and 2008. Meanwhile the number of drug offenders locked up in our jails and prisons went from fewer than 42,000 in 1980 to a peak of 562,000 in 2007. We have remarkably little evidence that the billions of dollars spent on supply-side interdiction have much impact.

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    Deficiencies in financial oversight enable money laundering

    Tom Blickman
    15 May 2013
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    In July 1989, the leaders of the economic powers assembled at the G7 Paris summit decided to establish a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to counter money laundering as an effective strategy against drug trafficking by criminal ‘cartels’. However, since the inception of the international anti-money laundering (AML) regime there is a growing awareness that the regime is not working as well as intended.

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    Las deficiencias en la supervisión financiera posibilitan el lavado de dinero

    Tom Blickman
    14 May 2013
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    En julio de 1989, los líderes de los poderes económicos reunidos en la Cumbre del G7 en París resolvieron establecer el Grupo de Acción Financiera Internacional (GAFI) para luchar contra el lavado de dinero como una estrategia eficaz contra el tráfico de drogas de los 'cárteles' criminales. Sin embargo, desde el inicio del régimen internacional anti lavado de dinero (ALD) ha aumentado el convencimiento de que el régimen no está funcionando tan bien como debería.

  13. Green green grass of home: police crack down on cottage industry of cannabis

    10 April 2013
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    Across the UK, 7,865 cannabis farms were discovered in 2011-12, an increase of 15% on the previous year's figures and over double the number for 2007-8 when police found just 3,032. Previously cannabis cultivation was done on a larger scale by gangs, who would fully convert terrace houses, knocking down walls to make larger growing areas, taking electricity direct from the mains, to avoid triggering the suspicion of the energy companies over unusually high consumption. Recently, there has been a shift towards smaller-scale farms, in line with a national trend, identified by the Association of Chief Police Officers' 2012 report into the commercial cultivation of cannabis .

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    Las víctimas olvidadas de la guerra a las drogas

    Amira Armenta
    08 April 2013

    Así las llamó un reciente reportaje de la BBC sobre las condiciones de vida -¿vida?- de los habitantes del Bronx, un barrio de Bogotá. Son los consumidores problemáticos y marginados, abandonados a su suerte. El Gobierno central y local están tomando medidas para enfrentar el problema. ¿Qué resultados se pueden esperar?

  15. Is the war on drugs nearing an end?

    07 April 2013
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    For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguing that the war on drugs was sending too many people to prison, wasting too much money, wrenching apart too many families -- and all for little or no public benefit. They were always in the minority. But a sign of a new reality emerged: for the first time in four decades of polling, the Pew Research Center found that more than half of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

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    'They stole our dreams': blogger reveals cost of reporting Mexico's drug wars

    02 April 2013
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    For three years it has chronicled Mexico's drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author's identity. Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a "front-row seat" to Mexico's agony over drugs, has become a must-read for authorities, drug gangs and ordinary people because it lays bare, day after day, the horrific violence censored by the mainstream media.

  17. UN concerned by arbitrary arrests in Brazil

    27 March 2013
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    The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention voiced concern about the rising number of arbitrary arrests in Brazil, which has one of the highest prison populations in the world with around 550,000 persons, 217,000 (about 40%) of whom are in pre-trial detention. They also expressed serious concerns regarding the arrests and compulsory confinement of drug addicts due to forthcoming major events such as the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. (See: Prison overcrowding in Brazil)

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    Tolera Europa uso de drogas

    Inder Bugarin
    23 March 2013
    Article

    Desde Portugal hasta República Checa, los Gobiernos europeos están renunciando al enfoque represivo que ha caracterizado el combate a las drogas y, en su lugar, han adoptado políticas que en 1961, cuando varios Estados se reunieron en Nueva York para suscribir la Convención sobre Estupefacientes, hubieran sido inimaginables.

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    Ex-comandante de UPP do Rio é condenado por associação ao tráfico

    17 March 2013
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    O ex-comandante da UPP (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora) do Morro de São Carlos, na região central do Rio, foi condenado a seis anos de prisão, em regime fechado, por associação ao tráfico de drogas. Investigações da Polícia Federal descobriram que o então capitão da Polícia Militar recebia R$ 15 mil por semana dos traficantes para facilitar o comércio ilegal de drogas.

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    Christiania task force netting arrests but locals call it harassment

    11 February 2013
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    Copenhagen Police said that the number of people being charged with possession of cannabis is up 23 percent since the creation of Task Force Pusher Street last September. The police strategy, however, flies in the face of recommendations by Copenhagen's mayor, Frank Jensen (Socialdemokraterne), who has openly advocated for legalising cannabis. Police suspect that a recent gang war is related to the cannabis trade.

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