June 10th, 2010
11:39 AM ET

Holder: 2,200 arrested, 74.1 tons seized in drug probe

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the arrest Thursday of more than 2,200 individuals on narcotics-related charges in the United States and the seizure of more than 74.1 tons of illegal drugs in a 22-month probe called Projective Deliverance.

Project Deliverance targeted the transportation infrastructure of Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States, especially along the Southwest border.

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  1. New

    SoundOFF, you are wrong... the only way to stop the Mexican drug is that people like you stop taking them... Remember US is the country that consume more drugs all over... So beefore write something think about it...

    June 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Nice logic. I guess that it is the Banks that cause the robberie because they have money on deposit and not the crooks for sealing it! I do not think they should arrest the drug dealers...just shot them same time and money.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      New you are way off. There will always be a demand and therefor always a supply. The only way to stop this is to end prohibition. If you weren't so brainwashed by old propoganda and could think for yourself, you would see how many thousands of people die a year due to prohibition alone. Not to mention the amount of our tax dollars that go to enforcing it, which if all drugs were legal and safely distributed and focus was on treatment and education then we would save millions of tax dollars as well as bring in billions from taxes on the drugs. And those forests you love will all be gone to make paper and other products, where as industrialized hemp is a sustainable crop that would elimate the need for cutting down forests. THINK ABOUT IT.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle in LA

      I like my drugs! Maybe we should legalize them and then all drug related violence would stop and Mexican cartels would be rendered helpless. As well as the numbers of users could possibly decrease over time. Don't believe me? look at Portugal's system. They have seen a big decline in young folks experimenting and all drugs are legal. Maybe its the old I want what I can't have effect. Ponder that. California has it right with their pot legislation. Why fill the prisons with people who are just sitting around laughing and eating twinkies. But some of you would put us in prison for it, then complain that taxes are high. I say let me get high and lower the taxes. Go to hell conservatives.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim from Colorado

      Kyle, I think you underestimate conservatives....I share those views with you but am a right winger. Don't be so foolish to label all conservatives based on what you liberal buddes tell you. Look into the Libertarian Party.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      You should think about what you are saying...there is no plausible way that America and its inhabitants are going to quit buying drugs. Marijuana needs to be legalized. The only people that dont understand thats its not a harmful drug are the people that havent tried it. Bigots

      June 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • saganhill

      Thats total BS. Its a proven fact that prohibition and the banning of any goods or services does not WORK!. Go back and read your early American history regarding prohibition. Alot of good it did. It put people out of work, it killed innocent people, and never helped root out "demon Rum" as those religious nuts said it would. The only way to stop this insanity is to legalize the drug, at least the 2-3 most popular and end the war on drugs. Face it, this may have been a battle won but we are losing the war on drugs. Billions of our tax money wasted.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NashJeff

      why use grammar and spellcheck? This IS the internet !!!

      June 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • d

      is there enough room in the jails to house 2200 people all at one time?

      June 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ new

      Maybe you should check your stats before you run your mouth.

      Russia, China, India, and several countries in south America have a higher drug use per person than the United states.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • sully

      Heck I agree...but I don't think you will like my solution.

      Send all the users to mexico.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butch

      Support politicians who will vote for laws like AZ to keep this vile filth out of our country.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      To NashJeff:
      Internet is exchange of information and communication. Bad communication = wrong understanding.
      See the connection kid?

      June 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Simple minded thinking by a simple minded individual

      Americans WILL NEVER STOP DOING DRUGS. EVER. NEVER. EVER.

      To end the cartel and drug violence, legalize drugs, tax them hard, regulate them hard.

      People that are going to do drugs, are going to do drugs. If you legalize opium, I'm not going to start smoking opium. If I want to smoke opium, I should have the right to do that, and I'm going to whether it's legal or not.

      If you legalize drugs, you won't see any more drug dealers. People won't be locked up for years for possessing drugs. No more people will be murdered. No more innocent people will die.

      You'll still see human smuggling..... that will never end. Coyotes will always exist as long as there's a border and Mexico sucks balls.

      Anyway, it's 2010. It's freakin' time people wise up already.

      June 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Hey, people that actually CARE about marijuana don't smoke the stuff that comes out of mexico.

      I haven't bought mexican booboos in like 3 years...if you actually care about the act of smoking and not just getting high, you don't buy that mexican tripe.

      June 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      @New

      He's gotta be trolling...... lol the idea that every American is going to stop doing drugs LOL

      June 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamIam

      And the US consumes 25% of the worlds energy too and we keep demanding more.

      June 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

      This is the funniest post I've seen all week.

      June 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAUL SW FLA

      Simply put Drug use creates Drug supply.........

      June 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • montyross

      time to take gov to task, lawsuits against it for allowing the stuff into the country and destroying lives....

      June 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary b

      why don't all of you just stop and think for a moment, for some of you it might take longer!! Bill 1070 was in effect along time before our Great Governor signed it! The Federal law is a racist bill-the Mexican bill is a racist bill..you all are a
      bunch of racist-i'm one not ashamed to say it either!What we need to do is sweep house/get all the dc out of office and start over with the Rp. I mean lets face it everyone is racist even the Pres and his wife....we all no she doesn't like americans i wonder if she does now...

      June 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • No more Cash

      If we want to severely minimize the use of drugs, then we should eliminate paper cash and coins. Drugs is a cash business, because dealers don't want to create a paper trail. Why do we need cash in this day and age anyways?

      June 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Spacee: Just because you can't handle the pot anymore doesn't mean that it's the plague of America. Pot is not nearly as harmful as you are making it out to be. It's a no-brainer (thank goodness, because we're all stoned).

      June 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil McCracken

      My sister tried pot once, and then got into the drug scene. She turned into a cow and went homeless. If I ever serve on a jury I'll vote to convict, no matter what the penalty.

      June 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert

      Dude, if you are going to post your opinion try to make sure that you use grammer and spell things correctly. Not only does it make people skip your ignorant thoughts, but it also makes YOU dumber over time.

      June 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Who benefits from prohibition? Cartels, terrorists, law enforcement, oil, pharmacorps, & private prisons. Who pays? You do, BILLIONS annually.
      Reasons to end prohibition.
      1. End deforestation from paper/wood fiber logging
      2. Reduce cotton use, the biggest user/polluter of pesticides/herbicides with a superior, eco-friendly answer
      3. End our dependence on fossil fuel with a clean burning, domestically renewable resource that won’t destroy the earth
      4. Make biodegradable plastic from a natural/nontoxic resource
      5. End world hunger with a drought/pest resistant crop that grows anywhere & is more nutritious than soy
      6. Find an untapped industry that will generate billions
      7. Save billions wasted on prohibition
      8. Take billions from cartels/terrorist & put that money into OUR economy
      9. Stop the killings on the Mexico border
      The world’s not flat, the universe doesn’t rotate around earth, if you throw a woman in water & she floats, it doesn’t mean she’s a witch, slavery is wrong, women should vote, man can fly, & cannabis is the most beneficial plant on earth. Prohibition forces us to use inferior resources that pollute the environment.

      “Insanity is doing the same thing over & over & expecting different results"
      Einstein.

      June 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whoopy

      Here is how I help to stop drug crime: Using the wonderful California medical law I procured a prescription for marijuana. I then set up a couple of pots with organic soil in my backyard and planted a few seedling I bought at the clinic. Three months later I ended up with two fully mature female plants, each providing about 2 ounces of material. Those 4 ounces have a street value of $2080 @ $65 an 1/8. My only expenses were 14 dollars in fertilizer and 20 dollars for a PH meter. Free sun, free water.

      Those are $2060 dollars (minus the cost) I will NEVER have to spend, not a DIME goes to anyone (except my local nursery and the local dispensary for the seedlings) and the criminals get kicked out of the loop. Personally I know six friends that in the last year went from buying to growing (mostly due to the economic crisis) and now they will NEVER EVER EVER buy again. Averaging each of us saves $2000 x 6 = $12.000 that will NEVER SEE THE HAND OF CRIMINALS. And all that for JUST six people and ONLY for about three months, which is how long it would take each to consume 4 ounces. $12.000 x 4 = $48000 a year. Six people.

      Now, I can't never figure out what is it about this American culture that makes it so incredibly belligerent and hypocritical as to refuse to admit something for which the evidence is so clear. I like to think is a bit of that good old English in them that just forces them NOT to go along with others, to PRETEND one thing while BEING ANOTHER, but the fact is:

      Legalization, full and complete, will greatly reduce the financial power of cartels and their ability to operate....OVERNIGHT.

      June 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rigo

      I think this story is untrue made up by the Obama people . MSNBC welcomes CNN as the new OBAMA station.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • rigo

      I think this story is untrue made up by the Obama people . MSNBC welcomes CNN as the new OBAMA station. SHOW ME THE DRUGS

      June 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • arigo

      SHOW US THE DRUGS ,I think this story is made up by the OBAMA people.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • rigo

      Can any body post if there has been a big drug arest in your state I am from Ga. and no news of a drug arest here. SHOW us proof of this drug arest, SHOW ME THE DRUGS> NO BS

      June 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rAdam

    Where is the Tea Party on this? The war on drugs is a failure and wastes tax dollars. It also limits personal freedom and enforces a nanny state instead of addressing the issue of treatment.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • rAdam

      *treatment and personal responsibility. As long as an individual is not encroaching on the rights of others, why does the Government have the right to tell that person what they can or cannot ingest; especially if said substance grows naturally on our planet.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      LOL the tea party won't touch this...it was their fan base that started the war on drugs....the Republicans....

      June 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Its because the tea party are a bunch of hypocritical idiots who want nothing more than to oppose a black president. They also follow the words of Sarah Palin which solidifies the fact that they are idiots.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHN U

      They're probably off contemplating what it would be like to take their drug loving and abusing country back though I doubt if they're contemplating just what it is in american society that makes everyone want to escape and numb it out

      June 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • stubs

      Even though I have never used illegal drugs, I as well as most other Conservatives/Tea Party members are for legalization.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      I'm slightly confused...Isn't the democrats that are always wanting to pass the laws for legalizing the drug industry? What does this article have to do with the Tea Party?

      June 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • stubs

      Because people will take any opp to take a cheap shot.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      @rAdam: "Where is the Tea Party on this?"

      The teabeggers are busy begging for a huge, expensive government infrastructure to be assembled. The purpose of such big government project -spanning all branches and levels- would be to keep the skin tonality of the baggers' neighbors and coworkers within an acceptable shade.

      June 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Quite frankly rAdam..you're an idiot.

      1) The TEA Party is more of an offshoot of Libertarian Philosophy, which states the drugs SHOULD be legalized.

      2) In case you haven't noticed (and you probably haven't paid much attention judging from your post), there is a clear divide between Establishment Republicans (John McCain, Michael Steele, etc.) and the TEA Party.

      3) Perhaps if Bush and Obama had taken border security seriously, we wouldn't NEED these type of raids.

      June 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    Anyone who believes the way to stop drug cartels is anything other than ending prohibition is a fool. There will always be demand so there will always be supply. The sooner america realises that the sooner innocent people stop dying and the cartels are stopped.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan

      By taking marijuana from the black market you would deal a substantial blow to not only south cartels but to also to Canadian Cocaine suppliers, a drug that is worth stopping, who run their product north during a turn around. Weed heads south and they pick up coke and bring it north. On top of those point we would easily be able to monitor regulate and control distribution, taxation, and consumption for adults. If you really think Marijuana poses a threat then I am afraid Mr. Anslinger has won, at least the control of your mind.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Nolan re-read my statement I am in total agreement with you.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • gcom

      I agree with you except for one thing, many innocent people have died as the result of users alcohol consumption. If drugs were legalized innocent people would still die at the same rate.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SMITTANCE

      OK, so, instead of continuing to deter drug use and sales, let's do this:
      Everytime someone is caught selling or possessing illegal drugs for sale, let's give the DEA or the arresting law enforcement authority to put a bullet in that person's skull.
      Everytime someone who abuses drugs commits a crime where drugs are in a factor in the crime, let the DEA or the arresting law enforcement authority put a bullet in that person's skull.
      Oh, and let's also prevent the families of those persons with the bullets in their skulls from filing suit against the law enforcement authorities for doing their job.
      I think that would be a pretty good deterrent, don't you? It would save tons of money in preventing useless trials; shysters would have to find more meaningful work (probably end up as AMWAY distributors), our cities would be safer, and the world would be a better place for a while. ACHTUNG!!

      June 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Gcom – I disagree. Vehicle related accidents may stay around the same, but with no cartels then no innocents being shot over the drug war, also if drugs are produced and distributed the same as any other legal good then there would be thousands less dead due to not getting bad stuff and over dosing, as well as no more gang wars over street turf. The deaths will go down.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lee

    leaglize pot and this will stop

    June 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Midwest

      Amen.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      Yeah, that's the answer; in fact, maybe we should also make it mandatory to get nice and baked before operating a motor vehicle. That way, everyone would have the same odds... In fact, let's teach how to grow the good green in school, so there's always plenty of it. Stupid stoners, have you ever heard of reality?

      June 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim from Colorado

      Yes sir, you are correct. People use the substance and will keep using the substance and there is nothing anyone can do about it. No more people are going to smoke pot if it is legal, heck it is already really easy to get so the amount of users will be the same. The only difference is there will be no more drug dealers with guns. If you think it is going to be a mad house and everyone is going to start smoking you are very nieve and don't realize that lots and lots of people already smoke and you don't even know becuase they don't want you to know. Ignorant people have made this country more dangerous.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Spacee what does legalizing marijuana have to do with forcing people to smoke before driving? Because alcohol is legal does that mean we need to force people to drink before they drive? Also a study has recently found that marijuana has no affect on driving itself, only causing the operator to sometimes be more easily distracted, still safer than drinking and driving. Yet the point is still the same, you are a fool.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Our politicians make millions from bribes, and so do our cops. Don't look for that to change.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @Justin
      Hey stoney, I'll take a link to that report, and just wait until your kid gets tossed out of school or thrown in jail for weed. Right NOW (remember "REALITY") marijuana IS illegal. Also, stay away from me when you're tokin' and drivin' – I'll make sure they throw the book at your baked @ss...

      June 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • prez

      spacee
      Yeah, that's the answer; in fact, maybe we should also make it mandatory to get nice and baked before operating a motor vehicle. That way, everyone would have the same odds... In fact, let's teach how to grow the good green in school, so there's always plenty of it. Stupid stoners, have you ever heard of reality
      ------------------------------------------------–
      Spacee you're an idiot, your mom is probably down in the basement getting high as I type. Just regulate and tax the hell out of weed, just like it's done with cigarettes and alcohol. Is it legal to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol ?? NO, just do the same with weed. Thousands of people die because of alcohol related incidents, thousands of people die from lung cancer developed from cigarettes, yet no one has every over dosed on marijuana.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @Justin again... Really? Smoking weed is safer than drinking and driving?? For everyone on the planet?? How about NEITHER is safe, you moron...

      June 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Powo

      @spacee you're a reaaaal idiot. please throw your computer out the window and slam your ignorant head against the wall. your logic makes NO sense, alcohol is already legal so what's stopping those people from drinking and driving. drinking and driving is far worse, legalization of marijuana won't affect anything but fix the PROBLEMS with its prohibition (please look up some history on alcohol prohibition).

      also marijuana would be 21+ just like alcohol, what's the problem? Our kids don't need to know about it in school, you are a bad troll.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @prez
      You've never overdosed in weed? Guess you better keep looking for the good stuff...plus my mom's >70, and I have a real enough relationship with her (and my dad) that I can honestly say they have never smoked weed. How are your kids doing? Same as you??

      June 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @POWO
      Hey pal, wait'll someone in your life gets (hopefully not) hurt or killed by a stoner behind the wheel...

      June 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim from Colorado

      I think we can all agree that SPACEE is not very smart and not worth an argument with. To bad Spacee that tons of people you know smoke pot but won't let you know becuase they know how you would react. Face it you are surrounded by stoners and don't even know it.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @ Jim from Colorado
      Better face it pal, you're surrounded by reality, and you don't even know it...

      June 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      the REALITY is that marijuana is the #1 cash crop in the US, but instead of choosing to control its use and tax it, we choose to leave the power in the hands of violent criminal organizations. If we took all the money spent on keeping people in jail for pot and the billions in taxes legalization could generate, we could use it to keep the borders safer and focus more resources on drugs that are actually harmful like meth, coke, and heroin.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      PPfff.... honestly I'm tired of the potheads demanding constantly that pot be legal, and I did used to smoke it too. Face it folks, pot will NEVER be legal, so get over it already. If anything, they might decriminalize it to some degree but it will NEVER be completely legal. Deal with it.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      @Spacee – you cannot over dose from marijuana. It is physically impossible to . I smoke some of the highest grade due to a higher tolerance, and it tastes much much better. You really need to do alot more research, here is a link to just one article about the report I was talking about

      http://www.insideline.com/.../study-pot-has-little-effect-on-driving-skills.html

      sorry, I should have said it has "little effect on driving", but still wayyyyyyy better than alcohol. And even at 70 your parents are moer likely to smoke now than before.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      @JM – You are pretty ignorant to think that it will never be legalized. California's public is already voting this year to fully leagalize and sell marijuanan to the general public. I would say within 8 years it will be legal country wide. The first presidential nominee or even on a state level that offers to legalize marijuana will win that election. Outdated laws that make no sense and cost billions of dollars cannot survive in this economy. If you think otherwise still , please enlighten us to why it will still be legal, or even a reason why it should, so I can further prove that people like you are fools. Its called logic, use some.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @Justin – keep smokin' that high grade, hope fully you'll be sterile before the lung or throat cancer gets you...

      June 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Spacee: Just because you can't handle the pot anymore doesn't mean that it's the plague of America. Pot is not nearly as harmful as you are making it out to be. It's a no-brainer (thank goodness, because we're all stoned).

      June 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yinx

      Put down the glass pipe, and learn to spell.

      June 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bj

      How about everyone stop smoking pot, instead of legalizing it

      June 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      @Justin–
      Hmm... and what about tax on it? I think to completely overhaul the laws and suddenly regulate the sale and use of marijuana would cost the government more time/money than it's really worth at this point. It might be an outdated law, but I think the government sees it as more trouble than it's worth at this point too... or they would have made it legal already. This argument wasn't just started yesterday. If anything, I think they'll just reduce the punishment for sale and/or use... or something to that effect. But I could be wrong. But hey, if you want it legal man, more power to you. Personally I have better things to do with my time than sit around and smoke pot anyway. That's just what this country needs, ANOTHER reason to make people lazier. Maybe we can rally to legalize cocaine and heroin too. Then we wouldn't have to worry at all about the illegal drug problem in this country. Personally I think the most dangerous drugs out there ARE the ones that are legal, ie. prescription pharmaceuticals. There's a growing epidemic of that too. Or haven't you heard? But hey, didn't mean to p*ss on your parade man. You want to make it legal. I get it. Don't let me stand in your way, dude.

      June 11, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Concerned citizen

    2200 individuals involved in a Mexican drug trafficking organization throughout the United States and OBAMA and HOLDER don't want to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders!!! Gee, this sure makes allot of sense to me.

    Our national forests are being turned into pot growing havens by the same drug runners, nothing and nowhere is safe from these ILLEGALS and the crime they bring with them! Secure our borders NOW! Hurry 2012, it's time to CLEAN THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS in November

    June 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      Where do you get the idea that this administration doesn't want to protect our Borders? What? I am just stunned on a daily basis about the lies that are believed about this administration...and i'm not talking about peoples beliefs and opinions, I am talking about facts. Your right, Obama ordered troops to the borders so they can help carry peoples baggage into the US...LOL whatever.....and Im not even a liberal, but I can tell the truth from propaganda.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      Oh and yeah, your right..clean out the white house..put back the same people that got this country in the mess its in in the first place. I have no doubt that Obama has made some BIG mistakes, and I don't agree with a lot of what he does, but what I do know is that he was left a mess that even the most seasoned politician couldn't clean up easily.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zenneth

      Concerned Citizen, you weren't concerned when we started an illegal war from our last presidency?

      June 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todlich

      The last time they sent Guard troops to the border they didn't even let them go armed! They had to call the Border Patrol to make arrests. What a joke. Maybe this time will be different.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      I'm pretty sure that by focusing on 2200 violent drug runners instead of landscapers, fieldhands, and maids, this administration has shown a very real commitment to making the border safer.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Please tell me which forests so I can harvest my own....shuddup already about marijuana...it's no worse than alchohol....

      June 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Walther Schmidt

    So much hate.

    Grow your own. Don't support imported rereational substance providers.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony

    Legalize and take a bite out of organized crime .. however this story has false information in the amount. and a few other areas, this story was written for a political purpose, FACT.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      I'd lean a bit more towards legalization if:
      1. The offense for driving under the influence of pot was the same as DWI; I don't need or deserve to have to drive on the same roads as someone who's driving and smoking the kind of pot available these days (I've smoked weed all over the planet, I know what I'm talking about – I've also been clean for the past 12 years).
      2. The adults who choose it would keep it away from minors – the quality of weed these days is killing our youth; no motivation, lack of respect, poor grades. If you, as a responsible adult, choose to have a puff now and then, I support that, but it's the wake and bake 24/7 stoners that I do not listen to or respect. Grow up!

      June 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Spacee your outlook is still way off. One, driving while high on pot can already get you a DUI. Two, if you are allowing children to get pot then you will get risk of injury to a minor and causing the delinquincy of a minor charges. This would stay the same if legalized so there is no argument. If you truly smoked weed all around the planet then you should know how benign it is. I smoke throughout all my free time, but not before work and not during. And I much rather being on the road with someone stoned than drunk anyday. I have driven in plenty of cars while the driver was stoned and feared nothing, yet I refuse to get into a car with someone that is drunk. Not saying that its right, but its fact.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @Justin; problem is, you can get really baked, pop in a mint, and the cops can pull you over 5 minutes later and not even know. That's not the case with booze. If you're going to use (as an adult), choose – to be responsible and not drive. It;s those people that as you say have "no fear" that I fear...
      And, if you've ever had anyone close to you that struggled with weed, you'd think twice about the "benign" statement..14%+ THC weed is far from "benign", and it's only getting better...
      Is that what you want YOUR kids doing with ALL their free time? Kids DO imitate adults...

      June 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      what do you think we should do to prevent people who take prescriptions or OTC drugs (barbiturates, antihistamines, etc) from driving under the influence? They are even harder to detect than pot, yet millions of people have legal access to them, and nothing is preventing them from driving. Also, there have been studies that show marijuana does little to impair driving ability, and might even make drivers safer as a result of increased caution/paranoia about crashing.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Thanks Tony for supporting my point earlier that marijuana has little effects on driving. Heres a link

      http://www.insideline.com/.../study-pot-has-little-effect-on-driving-skills.html

      June 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacee

      @tony
      Hey pal – last I checked they weren't making Nyquil in Thai, Cali and Kona flavors...and it DOES have a warning on the bottle about using it and driving. As a matter of fact, so do most the OTC meds I've seen. Does the stuff from your pot pharrmacy or local dealer say that? When it does, I'll be glad to make sure I include it as a mitigating factor in my lawsuit against you for DUI...

      June 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      if it were legalized and controlled it should most definitely come with warning labels about driving, but as long as it stays illegal it will remain unlabeled. Another good argument for legalization, thanks spacee!

      June 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Edward

    Time to throw some murderers and pedophiles out of prison and in the street to make room for these guys....

    June 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • hrdlicka

      haha, that is true.

      June 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KeepitReel

    Qwerty42 – Are you really that slow, or just ignorant?? Merely the 1.2 billion we spend annually for illegals in our prisons. Needless to say the other 3.2 billion annually we spend for illegals free health care and another 2.1 billion annually on free education for illiegals. Removing these illegals will save the economy more than 10 billion annually and jobs would open back up to legal americans who are willing to pay taxes out of that money currently not being taxed because illiegals are being paid it, even if it's 1/3 the pay. The tax alone that isn't being paid, well if it was it would singularly fix 40 percent of our national deficit. Now add in the billions our taxes are paying for free health care, overcrowded schools, and overcrowded prisons and it would dwarf what little contribution an illegal provides the UNITED STATES of AMERICA!! Now, should I start on MS-13, or do you get the point. You want justification on those figures, just google it wiseguy!

    June 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Typical simplistic view of the problem: 'just remove them'. Since you obviously get all your information from Rush Limbaugh maybe you should ask him how to acomplish the task so he can tell you what to think on that score too. Should be easy for a tea-bagger to grasp-just round up all the brown-skin people and send them back across the border, right?

      June 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    In other news 2,200 jobs just became available to motivated individuals who want to make immense easy profit at high risk.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mike 420 gainesville fl

    FINALLY WE WON THE DRUG WAR.....

    June 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris_VA

    You have to look at the Net Cost of illegal workers and their families, which is somewhere around $10-20 billion. But the cost of rounding up all illegals and deporting them would be ten times that, whereas effective immigration reform would cost a lot less than either of those options. I think the level of emotion would be a lot less if the illegals were from Holland or France...

    As for solving the Drug Gang problem, it will be impossible until you take away the profit motive, which means legalizing pot and drug treatment programs and stiff penalties for sellers of other drugs in the US, along with even stiffer penalties for cash and weapons smuggling. Didn't you guys study Prohibition, or did you just not learn anything?

    June 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris_VA

      ...well, maybe not France. lol

      June 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. matt

    you guys are all clueless it seems.

    The drug was is far from over, the tea party are a bunch of idiots who can't spell. The word is that the busts in chicago were worthless as those houses are already re stocked with drugs.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. babykitty

    I wonder how many were Mexican nationals?

    June 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gcom

    Good luck with all that. It's all about personal responsibility. Some people will never stop, some will stop on their own, and the rest will end up dead or in jail. It's all good.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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