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A. NEW MARIJUANA GROWING TACTICS USED BY MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS

1.  "Sequoia officials began concerted efforts to comb remote areas in 2001, when a fisherman reported meeting masked operatives toting automatic rifles. Since then, officials have discovered five camps and several acres of marijuana stalks, typically in areas with natural water sources.  (Source: The Christian Science Monitor, "Wild West: Drug cartels thrive in US national parks," June 10, 2009, at, "http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0610/p01s03-usgn.html")

- Also see, (Source: CBS5, "Pot Garden Discovered At Sequoia National Park," August 27, 2009, at, "http://cbs5.com/local/sequoia.national.park.2.1148253.html")

- Also see, (Source: The Post Chronicle, "(VIDEO) Pot garden discovered at Sierra Nevada National Park: $36 million at least," , August 31, 2009, at,   
http://www.postchronicle.com/blog/ video-pot-garden-discovered-at-sierra-nevada-national-park-36-million-at-least/")

2.  "About 30,000 marijuana plants and an AK-47 assault rifle were found near the origin of the blaze in a remote canyon in Los Padres National Forest, authorities said at a news conference. Arthur said the plants' quality is similar to marijuana linked to Mexican drug cartels, though he acknowledged the investigation into the link was ongoing."
(
Source: "Suspects who sparked fire may be linked (Source: AP,"Suspects who sparked fire may be linked to cartels,"  August 18,2009, at, "
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ ALeqM5g4rSxtb6hFEjzSiMFwAKeOSyEC9gD9A5IL280")

3. "It was the largest pot-growing operation found in a Cook County forest preserve since police and DEA agents seized and destroyed nearly 20,000 marijuana plants worth about $4 million at the Crabtree Nature Preserve near Barrington in July of 2007.Both operations show the growing sophistication of Mexican drug cartels, which hire immigrant farmers to grow marijuana in U.S. forest preserves..."
(Source: Chicago Breaking News Center, "Pot farm destroyed in Cook County Forest Preserve," 
 August 19, 2009, at, "
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/08/pot-farm-destroyed-in-cook-county-forest-preserve.html")
 
 4. "The Drug Enforcement Administration Friday announced that it found 14,500 marijuana plants growing in a Colorado national park, the latest in a series of such finds in national parks that authorities say are linked to Mexican drug cartels."
(Source: The Washington Times, "Marijuana found in another national park," August 29, 2009, at,
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/29/thousands-more-pot-plants-found-in-another-nationa/)

5. "Only as officers began uprooting marijuana plants at a hidden farm on a steep hillside in Ophir Canyon last week did they realize the scope of the operation they’d discovered: more than 3,000 plants worth up to $9 million on the street." (
Source:  Tooele Transcript Bulletin, "Drug war being waged in unlikeliest of places," September 1, 2009, at,   "
http://www.tooeletranscript.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Drug+war+being+waged+in+unlikeliest+of+places%20&id=3511313-Drug+war+being+waged+in+unlikeliest+of+places&instance=opinion_editorials_page_bullets_right_column")

6. "Authorities reported a staggering jump in the number of marijuana plants seized in California's eradication effort, claiming a more than 50 percent jump over the previous year. The campaign against Marijuana Planting seized 4.4 million plants in 2009, up from 2.9 million plants in 2008, according to state Department of Justice figures released Wednesday. "Mexican drug trafficking organizations are exploiting our pristine public lands with these massive marijuana gardens," said U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown. "It wreaks environmental havoc on public lands and poses a serious danger to hikers and law enforcement personnel alike." (Source: KSRO.com, "November 4, 2009, http://www.ksro.com/news/article.aspx?id=1503913)

7. "Los Angeles County, which has seen a whirlwind expansion in medical marijuana dispensaries this year, has notched another marijuana milestone. The county has moved to No. 5 for the amount seized in the state's annual eradication campaign, with 340,187 pot plants uprooted -- more than a fourfold increase...Officials attribute most of the operations to drug cartels that have shifted their cultivation north to avoid smuggling marijuana across the border and to be closer to their market. "Many of these big grows have been either started or taken over by the drug trafficking organizations out of Mexico," Anderson said." (Source: "Marijuana seizures quadruple in L.A. County," The Los Angeles Times, November 7, 2009, http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-marijuana5-2009nov05,0,509391.story)

8. "A six-month investigation into a major drug-trafficking organization by Santa Barbara Sheriff’s narcotics detectives has concluded with the arrest of 17 suspects, along with the seizure of millions of dollars worth of drugs and weapons...Local authorities seized a record amount of marijuana this year — more than 225,000 plants being grown in remotely located operations believed to be linked to Mexican drug cartels." (Source: Daily Sound, "Sheriff's detectives unravel major drug operation," November 12, 2009, at, http://www.thedailysound.com/111209drugbust)
 
 9. "An estimated $800 million worth of marijuana has been seized following a massive raid on illegal grows on public lands deep in Northern California's pot country, authorities said Tuesday...Several Mexican-based drug trafficking organizations were behind the illegal grows, Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory said." (Source: Sacramento Bee, "Authorities seize $800M worth of pot in Calif.," August 9, 2011) (To read the full story go to, "http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/09/3826510/massive-northern-calif-pot-raids.html")

10. "Last week former Border Patrol Agent, George Taylor, testified before a Congressional Committee hearing regarding America’s growing border security issues. After 43 years law enforcement experience Taylor calls it like he sees it and this former BP Agent points to the National Parks and designated Wilderness Land along the southern border as the main culprit in the uptick of cartel smuggling activities." (Source: examiner.com, "U.S. federal land provides a safe haven for drug and alien smuggling," April 25, 2011) (To read the full story go to, "http://www.examiner.com/county-political-buzz-in-san-diego/u-s-federal-land-provides-a-safe-haven-for-drug-and-alien-smuggling?CID=examiner_alerts_article")



B.  MEXICAN GOVERNMENT LEGALIZATION TO possess SMALL QUANTITIES OF NARCOTICS
1.  "Last week, Mexico's government did something that ought to be emulated far and wide -- it stopped worrying about America's draconian preferences on drug policy and decriminalized the personal use of not just marijuana, but a wide variety of officially disfavored intoxicants."
(Source:   Examiner.com, "Mexico should take the next step and fully legalize drugs," August 25, 2009, at, "
http://www.examiner.com/x-536-Civil-Liberties-Examiner~y2009m8d25-Mexico-should-take-the-next-step-and-fully-legalize-drugs")

2.  "Mexico last week, in a historic, englightened, human move legalized personal drug use throughout the country.  The government also announced that drug addiction would be treated as a medical problem rather than a criminal offense.  Citizens will now be allowed to carry and use 5 grams of marijuana (about four joints) as well as half a gram of cocaine (approx.
4 lines), 50 milligrams of heroin (about three "fire-ups"), 40 milligrams if methamphetamine and 0.015 milligrams of LSD."
(Source:  The Narco News Bulletin,"Mexico Legalizes Small Quantities of Some Drugs," August 30, 2009, at, "
http://www.narconews.com/Issue59/article3785.html")


- Also see
, (Source: “Is America ready to admit defeat in its 40-year war on drugs?” guardian.co.uk/The Observer, September 6, 2009 at, “http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2009/sep/06/war-on-drugs-latin-america”)

- Also see, Also see, (Source: “Narcotourism R Us,”  Wired, September 6, 2009, at “http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2009/09/narcotourism-r-us/”)

- Also see, (Source: 
"Cross the border to a world of drugs," dailywildcat.com, September 11, 2009, at, "http://wildcat.arizona.edu/opinions/cross-the-border-to-a-world-of-drugs-1.438687")

3. "Many countries in the region – most recently Mexico – have decriminalized small amounts of drugs for personal use. The moves have followed decisions by left-leaning governments to limit cooperation with the US in recent years." (Source: The Christian Science Monitor, Latin America breaks ranks in US war on drugs," September 23, 2009, at, http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0924/p06s01-woam.html)
 
 
- Also see "Part 2) (Source: "Legalization of drugs spreads in Latin America. Will the US follow?," The Christian Science Monitor, September 23, 2009, at,

C. DHS BORDER SEARCH COMPUTER INSPECTIONS

1. "ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] Special Agents acting under border search authority may search, detain, seize, retain, and share electronic devices, or information contained therein, with or without individualized suspicion, consistent with the guidelines and applicable laws set forth herein," states the new policy for immigration authorities published last August 18 (2009)" (Source: betanews, "DHS: Expect your computer to be seized without suspicionbetanews," August 30, 2009,  at, "http://www.betanews.com/article/DHS-Expect-your-computer-to-be-seized-without-suspicion/1251488759")

- Also see, (Source: War On You, "Government Directive Addresses Traveler’s Attempt To Prevent Search In A Timely Fashion," August 30, 2009, at, "
http://www.betanews.com/article/DHS-Expect-your-computer-to-be-seized-without-suspicion/1251488759")

- Also see, (Source: Ethiopian Review
Science and Technology Forum, "
Rights Groups Demand More Info on Arbitrary DHS Laptop Searches," September 1, 2009, at,  "http://www.ethiopianreview.com/scitech/618")

- Also see, (Source: "Border agents limit confiscation of laptops,"  San Francisco Chronicle, September 11, 2009, at, "http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/11/TRN819IUSU.DTL")


D. SHOOTING AT MEXICAN DRUG REHABILITATION CENTERS


1. “Neighbors mopped blood from the sidewalk outside a drug rehabilitation center Thursday, cleaning up the carnage after gunmen lined up patients against a wall and then riddled them with bullets, killing 18. It was the third attack on a drug treatment center in Ciudad Juarez. Chihuahua state authorities said Thursday they were investigating reports that the centers have turned into hideouts for drug smugglers being sought by police and hit men from rival gangs. (Source: AP, September 3, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ ALeqM5gMi5B2USfJStXxfqgWWr2xjRYpOgD9AG3PMG0)
- Also see, (Source: “Mexico Nabs Suspected Killer of 17 Rehab Patients (Follow-up),” The Washington Post, September 5, 2009, at, “http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article /2009/09/05/AR2009090502012.html)
2. “For the second time in less than two weeks, heavily armed gunmen attacked a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts in the volatile border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said today. At least 10 people, patients and therapists, were killed. The gunmen escaped and authorities offered little in the way of motives in the Tuesday night shootings. Rehab clinics are often attacked as drug gangs pursue rivals or attempt to settle old scores.” (Source: Gunmen attack another drug rehab clinic in Ciudad Juarez; 10 killed,” Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2009, at,  " http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-addicts17-2009sep17,0,6013391.story") 

- Also See, (Source: "Photos: Massacre at another Mexico rehab clinic," Los Angeles Times, "Photos: Massacre at another Mexico rehab clinic, September 16, 2007, At, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-addicts17-2009sep17-pictures,0,208208.photogallery)

3. "Health authorities in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua shut down nine addiction-treatment centers in Ciudad Juarez in the wake of this week’s killing of 10 people at a rehab facility in the violent border city." (Source: "Mexican City Shuts Down 9 Drug-Rehab Clinics,"  Latin American Herald Tribune, September 26, 2009, at, "http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=343998&CategoryId=14091)

4. "Police have arrested five men accused of dozens of murders, including two mass killings at drug treatment centers earlier this month in Ciudad Juarez on the northern Mexican border." (Source: AP,  "Mexico police arrest 5 in drug rehab executions," September 24, 2009, at,
"http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gMi5B2USfJStXxfqgWWr2xjRYpOgD9AUESSG1)

5. "Gunmen burst into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and opened fire in a violence-plagued Mexican border state, killing one person and wounding four others, authorities said Tuesday." (Source: AP, "Gunmen attack AA meeting in Mexico, killing 1," November 11, 2009, at,
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gMi5B2USfJStXxfqgWWr2xjRYpOgD9BT2II00)


6. "When gunmen stormed a drug rehab center in northern Mexico, lined up addicts against the wall and shot them execution-style, Mexico’s drug cartels sent a powerful message to drug addicts working the streets as retail drug suppliers: You are in this for life.  Mexico’s strategy in decriminalizing possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroine and other drugs is an effort to address the growing problem of drug addiction in Mexico – and to address the multitudes of petty drug addicts who form a vast distribution network feeding a growing drug addiction problem. In Mexico, as everywhere, drug users become drug dealers to support their habit." (Source:  "New Threat to Mexico’s Drug Cartels: Rehab Centers,"  New America Media, September 12, 2009, at,