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. Dave

    If you support prohibition, you support the idea of giving children free access to drugs. Its harder today for kids to obtain alcohol and tobacco than it is for them to get pot. Drug dealers DONT ASK FOR ID. Regulate cannabis and sell it in ABC stores just like hard liquor. That way, only those of legal age will have direct access to it. Its common sense.

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

    who cares?

    June 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sofrito

    Prohibition didn't work the first time around either.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mikecartman

    drugs will never be legalized because there are too many people making money from the "war on drugs" its a multi billion dolllar a year industry and these billions go to people on both sides of the war, dealers, middle men, police officers, District Attorney's, politicians, the people in power are the people making the most money by waging a "war on illegal drugs" Jails would not be overcrowded or crowded at all, cops would lay off 50% of their workforce, the idiots with the power will never let this happen, that's why you would need an actual revolution to legalize the personal use of drugs. A violent revolution, unfortunately thats the only way the pigs will let go of our tax dollars.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. US Citizen

    The amount of drugs seized and reported to the public is a laughing sham. Here's the scoop. The drug trade, dates back since the beginning of time. Governments have full control over it. It is to assist with all kinds of other extra-curricular activities, such as wars, weapons, government over-throwing, criminal enterprising. The world governments control it, choose the druglords to run them and when they don't comply, they capture them or hunt them down and kill them. The banking industry, Wall st and every major corporation around the world is complicitly involved in a mass conspiricy to defraud the people and turn the world into a police state where everything we do and say is monitored because the World is being attacked by drugs and terrorist. DON"T BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!! They Lie to us on television and delude us with stupid gameshows and TV dramas. They are all liars and murderers -

    June 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikecartman

      I was wondering why opium and oil basically come from the same place. I mean what other commodities will yield such a steady,, consistent and high returns, opiate addicts (heroin, codeine, pain pills) are true customers buying their medicine daily and oil users (basically everyone in the united states) buy their oil daily, So yeah it's plausible that bin laden was the worlds richest drug lord, now the US. government controls the opium trade and the oil trade (as soon as we invade Iran) "nobody will mess with us after this". Opium and Oil, two investments that will always make you money.

      June 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david42

    Sorry Mr. Holder, but there will NOT be a significant impact on the drug trade by these events. The people to take their place are already operating.

    A better plan: stop violating the inviolate right of the people to pursue their happiness.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    The pharmaceuticals are the biggest drug pushers in the world. They own the airwaves. That is all that we see when we turn on our television sets. And about 90 percent of it is pure poison. Wny is nothing done to stop these criminals from pushing their "dope" off on the American public. I never want to see one more Cialis commercial for instance.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alba

    It's pretty obvious that the US government decided to tag the drugs and allow it to travel from Mexico into the US so they could track who is involved in drug crimes here in the US. It should be nice that the operation is finally over so that supply will depreciate because they are going to finally catch it at the border. Even though the demand will temporarily stay the same, once drug users can’t get drugs, the demand will decrease. It’s about time!

    June 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • rigo

      All we have on this is Holder,s word , SHOW ME THE DRUGs

      June 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sparks

    You can't fight fire with fire. Legalize some of this stuff. Less crime, less violence. It's simple. To those of you that have the right idea, why are you arguing with some of these other people? Their logic is based on delusion, and therefore will never be sound. Eventually, this will work itself out. Just be patient. Someone will eventually see reason.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sparks

    Actually, let me take it back. The only way you can fight fire with fire is by utilizing the controlled burn method. So if some of the stuff is legalized and regulated...then we have our controlled burn.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mandolin

    Solve the drug and illegal alien influx problems all at once: build a big wall/fence along the entire length of the Mexican AND Canadian borders (gotta be color-blind here). Make it big enough and tall enough and I guarantee you nobody's going over/through it. Much cheaper than manning the border with border patrol and more effective. All vehicle and foot traffic funnels through legal entry points where vehicles can be searched. Neither drugs nor humans can go through a wall. Plus the wall can't discriminate - it doesn't care what color anyone's skin is, and it can't make the mistake of shooting at someone it perceives as a threat. This isn't rocket science, people.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    To the people who think this is a big step in the drug war. I'm sorry but you are deluding yourself. This year alone the government will spend 250 billion on trying to stop the sale of illegal drugs. And this year alone drug cartels, dealers will make even more doing it. To the ones who want to make selling cocaine or heroine a crime punishable by death. You are moronic. That would cause a disaster in the war on drugs. Cops would be killed without provocation, people would be killed for just knowing too much. And then your war on drugs would actually be a war. If death was a consequence then that would be their answer as well. And to say these substances are controlled is absurd even this bust is a drop in a very big bucket. more will come, and someone else will fill the void. It may take 2 years or a few months but it will be sooner rather then later that another gang will step in and fill the void left by this bust. Instead of perpetuating the current system we need to change it. It has been nearly 30 years since the drug war was proclaimed, the only thing its done is create a bigger mess. Remember people the best of intentions can make a situation worse not better.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. truebob

    When was the last time a liquor distributor was arrested or killed?

    June 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • truebob

      I guess ending prohibition really does take the violence out of the equation.

      June 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. donelisteningtocrap

    It is a felony to commit perjury...Sure hope Mr. Holder can back up the claims with irrefutable proof that these 2200 people are related to the same crime lineation and not just a product of crime in general. Because any somewhat competent attorney is going to ask for just that verification now that he has made this statement in defense of the client. And any self-respecting judge is going to be hard pressed to overlook the claim by the prosecution to this stupid statement. Not very bright to open a door you idiot Attorney General of the United States, wait is he the same Attorney General who condemned the State of Arizona before reading the damn bill.

    June 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 420 All Day

    74 Tons?? That s all they got, I smoked more than that in the last 2 years. HA HA. Thanks for flushing more of our money down the toilet. What a waste, should have spend the money on feeding the poor.

    June 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
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