The Drug War At Home

In a series of multimedia stories, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk investigates our role in the illegal narcotics trade and explores how the nation's appetite for drugs and Mexico's war against drug cartels – backed by the U.S. – impacts our communities.
Law enforcement seized three tons of marijuana in their efforts to dismantle an alleged drug trafficking ring operating in the state, which they believe has ties to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.
U.S. officials announced Tuesday the arrest of a woman thought to be a key link between a major Mexican drug trafficking organization and U.S. distributors.
For several years the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been eradicating millions of marijuana plants in national parks and forests. And it’s still a major problem. Memorial Day weekend marks the launch of camping and hiking season. So backpackers should be on the lookout.
Some Latin American leaders, including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, are lobbying for a serious discussion on new ways to fight what many see as a losing war against illicit drugs.
A poet who challenged the Mexican government’s anti-drug efforts after his son was murdered there spoke in Tucson on Monday.
A University of San Diego report found that drug-related killings decreased along the border last year, even as violence grew across Mexico.
We have been asking for stories about how the violence in Mexico related to the drug war has affected citizens north of the border. Here are two of their stories.
The Obama administration insists that the border is "more secure than ever," but budgets for border-related crime are getting cut.
When is a crime near the U.S.-Mexico border just a crime or a result of spillover violence? It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.
Mexico’s drug traffickers pray to a mustachioed saint that has become a symbol for the cartel culture.
As Mexican lawmakers try to curb "Narco" culture, the fantasy of living like a drug trafficker is growing in the U.S. It has spread to religion, fashion and television.
Mexican cartels have the drugs and the cash. Gangs have the organization and the street smarts. Authorities say that makes them partners in cross-border crimes, including kidnapping and murder.
Sheriffs, police chiefs and judges from the Rio Grande Valley have been charged with crimes. One expert said it is just a part of life in the impoverished area near the U.S.-Mexico border.
At least one bank has been accused of facilitating the movement of billions in drug cartel cash across the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities say more banks are under investigation.
Drug cartels used the real estate crash to expand out of barrios and into suburbia. A new law is helping cops fight back.

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