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. John L Mendez

    Where will Holder incarcerate these 2,200 defendants? In America's all ready over-crowded prisons?

    June 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob Lang

    Just imagine all these drinkers who would have criminal records for consuming Alcohol. I personally believe Alcohol by far is more dangerous than pot.. Legalize pot. tax the crap out of it.. More important we need to educate Teenagers and doctors to the dangers of opiate based pain-killers.. There is a Heroin Epidemic brewing out there and the major cause of it, is the over prescriptions of oxy, vicadin and other opiates. Add the wonder drug Suboxone , as another abused opiate. .Big Pharma, drs love their drugs, sometimes for good, sometimes for evil.. Drug Cartels take over after we have created the addicts.. What a dam shame, all those talented young people out there, dying because of lack of effective drug therapies. Insurance companies that will not pay for inpatient care. Not enough research done on HOLIstic/alternatives treatments.. Ibogaine, Amino Acids, etc.. No we just use the drugs Subutex, Methadone and creat drug addicts for life.. Got to be better ways..

    June 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rikitix

    2,200 arrested in drug probe! Not bad. But they missed some of the posters here LOL!

    June 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Taker 2010


    June 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan, TX

    What would happen if you have a small room, let a drug user in, and let them have all the drugs they want as long as they stay in the room?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. A H

    I love the ones who say "Stop using drugs!"

    Here's the deal: If you drink beer or eat chocolate, you are a drug user. That's a fact, not an opinion.

    If you drink coffee/tea/soda on a regular basis, you are a habitual drug user.

    Do you take Plavix, Advil, Synthroid? Guess what, you're a big-time druggie! Hey, why don't YOU stop taking drugs?

    Here's the bottom line: As humans, as Americans, we have always used drugs to make our lives better. We're not going to stop.

    We've been putting users in jail for years, it doesn't work.

    Some countries execute drug users, that doesn't work either.

    We've tried interdiction, interception, incarceration... We've tried just about everything, and all that's happened is drugs have become more expensive. More expensive drugs = more criminal involvement = more violence.

    As Americans, we used to have a reputation for fixing stuff that doesn't work.

    It's way past time to fix this.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iconoclast

    As I sit down tonight and enjoy my daily joint (legally by the way, I'm fortunate to live in Colorado) I will ponder once again the insanity we call the"drug war". I wish all the simpletons out there well as they congratulate themselves for having led such virtuous lives protected by their virtuous lies and never realizing that everyone around them (their friends, their children, their parents, their boss at work, their church leaders, etc., etc.) use the stuff and have for many years. Thank God I haven't had to buy low quality weed from Mexican cartels since, well, never, but I do hope these dolts won't be too disappointed when the time comes (and it inevitably does) and they realize they can actually get real medical benefit from marijuana (opiates as well) but their &#%$*&^%$%# doctors can only prescribe aspirin and ibuprophine because they too are virtuous, clueless and/or absolutely afraid of the DEA. Good going Eric Holder and our gestapo friends at the DEA. Yet another fine example of why we are such idiots!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete

    THIS is a waste of taxpayer money. STOP legislating morality, if people want to get stoned, let them. Make it legal and tax it like cigarettes and alcohol. The only people benefiting from the current drug laws are cartels and the POLICE.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Garrett

    Lol, 22 months and only 2200 people. Thats really not alot of people. And 74 tons...good get the schwag weed out of America!! The problem they oversee is the potent good drugs are home grown in the USA =D. Dank for the win

    June 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carlos


    June 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Duane

    Buying, using, distributing, selling drugs is an act of Treason: and you are a Traitor aiding and abetting and financially supporting the enemy (Terrorist, drug cartels). You should be arrested stripped of your citzenship and passport, stripped of all ASSETS, PROPERTY here and offshore. Shipped to Afghanistan or Columbia with no capability to return to the USA.Start with Hollywood so the action and word will spread.. 95 per cent of the drug addicts are not a contributor to the growth of the USA, your absence will not be noticed. If I had my way, there would be 30 million bodies at the bottom of Grand Caynon. Worthless Souls....

    June 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Thanks Mr. Stallin we'll pass.

      June 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Tell that to Oliver North or do you even conceive of the fact he needed a pardon?

      June 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I take it you have never had an Aspirin in you life? Or ever consumed a beer?

      June 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Next time you are at a family gathering, take a look around the room. As you view each person, flip a coin, every one that lands on heads will be at the bottom of that canyon. OVER 50% of the people in your life have used illegal drugs. You must be a very lonely person to think that way. How sad.

      June 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    Keeping this prohibition has us losing money on taxes and enforcement. I wonder how many millions they spent on this. It seems prohibition gangsters millionaires and law enforcement too large at taxpayer’s expense.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Duane

    Paul: You are right it was the Great American Party called "Shadow Conspiriacy", which is quilty of most crimes in the world in the name of democracy and the dollar....

    June 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RealDeal

    Great, now the CIA can expand its market share by increasing it's drug running operations into Mena and Venice

    June 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don Jones Detroit Mi.

    Conservative, I think I know that term. That's an individual that sends other people's kids into combat while avoiding the service themselves, laments about big government while collecting social security, and hauls his fat behind to the country club in his Hummer while whining about gas prices and those greedy Arabs. Conservative, I've heard of them.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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