drug war

After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former “cocaine cowboy” whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked alongside the US government at the time of their drug trafficking activities, lending a certain irony to their current legal predicaments…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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Weekly InSight: Is the International Consensus Around Drug Policy Shifting?

In our March 1 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed a new United Nations report on global drug control, and how the report’s main conclusions signal an ongoing shift in the international consensus around drug policies…

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UN Drug Control Board Emphasizes Prevention, Treatment in New Report

The United Nations agency in charge of monitoring compliance with international drug control agreements released a report urging countries around the world to improve efforts to prevent and treat problematic drug use, underscoring a continuing shift away from traditional counternarcotics policies…

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What Does Departure of Top US Anti-Drug Diplomat Mean for LatAm Policy?

The planned resignation of the US State Department’s top anti-drug official raises further questions about the future of US counternarcotics efforts in Latin America, against a backdrop of uncertainty surrounding the policy preferences of the administration of President Donald Trump…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Weekly InSight: What the DEA Can Learn from the Honduras Debacle

In our June 8 Facebook Live discussion, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Mattathias Schwartz, a national security reporter for The Intercept, about a series of deadly raids that took place in 2012 in Honduras involving US law enforcement personnel…

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What the DEA Can Learn from the Honduras Debacle

A new US government report documents a series of missteps related to several deadly anti-drug actions in 2012 involving US law enforcement in Honduras, a strong reminder of the need to have a clear mandate, avoid improvisation and make room for oversight…

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Report Highlights Continued Growth in LatAm Drug Consumption

The latest annual report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) describes a continuing trend of growing drug use in the Americas, and encourages countries to seek “non-punitive” solutions for dealing with this issue…

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