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Old 07-12-2013, 08:20 AM
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Drug smugglers set free for lack of money to prosecute

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The Border Patrol is as busy as ever catching smugglers hauling drugs from Mexico. But many who are caught are now being given a free pass.

Brooks County Sheriff Rey Rodriguez took us on Texas Highway 281. This is a major route for smugglers bringing narcotics into the United States from Mexico. He acknowledges that drugs come up here every day and in multiple loads.

Each year the Border Patrol checkpoint seizes hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana.

"We have 'em put it in spare tires and gas tanks," said a Border Patrol agent, whose voice and identity has been disguised because the agent feared of being fired for telling us what happens next - that up to 60 smugglers a month are being let go.

"We catch 'em, but then because our hands are tied, they end up walking and being released," said the agent.

As for what the biggest load of marijuana he's seen where someone was still let go, he said: "The biggest load that I've seen is right around 140 pounds."

Police here say federal authorities generally won't prosecute traffickers moving less than 150 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $120,000. So they leave those cases and the costs to local district attorneys, including Carlos Garcia of Brooks County.

"If we were to accept them, we're accepting them with all those financial responsibilities as well, and right now we're just not at a point where we can do that," Garcia said, adding that they just can't afford it.

The Justice Department used to help pay for the prosecutions in border areas. The funding reached $31 million in 2010 but fell to $5 million this year. There's no money in the White House budget request for next year.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_16...-to-prosecute/

No money for the Justice Department used to help pay for the prosecutions, but we keep sending money overseas? I don't get that, do you?
 
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:53 AM
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The war on drugs is unsustainable in more ways than one.
 
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:09 AM
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The war on drugs is unsustainable in more ways than one.
That's very true Zap, but there is something about the managing the taxpayers money that should be fixed.

Are the foreign policy more important than national enforcement? That's the real question to ask.

You know where I stand about the illegal drugs, but like you said it is unsustainable, they should legalize with restrictions about quantity like alcohol and tax the product(s).

The illegal market will crash like the illegal market of alcohol during the prohibition.
 
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The war on drugs has done more harm than good.
It comes with a heavy price to be paid in dollars and in human misery.
 
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This is just insane.
 
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We are better served to spend our tax dollars on our enemies.....

After all....drugs only poison our society...
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We are better served to spend our tax dollars on our enemies.....

After all....drugs only poison our society...
I believe it is a societal choice, either they fight it to the teeth or they don't, doing something between will accomplish nothing.

Let's take a look a the cost:

Drug War Cost Clock updated for 2011

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federal government will spend at least $23.44 billion on the War on Drugs in 2011.
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Based upon state and federal data for fiscal year 2011, every second that the page is open the Drug War Cost Clock registers another $1,716.77 that is spent by our government each and every second of every day
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