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DEA dog and pony show today

The DEA just can’t contain itself. I’ve gotten multiple press releases from them about a special press conference today, where they’re going to get to show off their latest big bust. Must be a doozy, because they’re milking it (and teasing it) for all the publicity they can get.

DEA PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY ON MAJOR ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

The DEA and other federal law-enforcement partners will hold a press conference TODAY, Wednesday June 26th, to present the results of a significant law enforcement operation taking place throughout the United States and abroad. Because of the sensitivities and timing of these enforcement actions, details of this operation will not be available until the press conference.

When: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 3 p.m. Eastern time

Please arrive early to allow time to be processed through security, particularly television crews. Only credentialed media may attend.

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47 comments to DEA dog and pony show today

  • claygooding

    I will be watching but I doubt it will be a big surprise,,even if they arrested every cartel leader drug flow might be sporadic for a short time but there would be twice as many cartels to go after tomorrow.

  • Frank W

    Might be related to Yahoo’s mindless passing-on-the-news-release about designer drugs.

  • darkcycle

    If they are gloating, you can bet there are people suffering.

    • Duncan20903

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      Hey darkcycle, I know you don’t particularly like that pony but you wouldn’t rent it to the DEA would you? At least not without teaching it some clever tricks?

      Well I’ve got my fingers crossed. If this isn’t a set up for an embarrassing backfire then there’s no such thing. Do you recall when Geraldo Rivera uncovered Al Capone’s vault? In their irrational exuberance they just might shoot the dog at a most embarrassing time.

      Yes, yes, I’m suffering from wishful thinking. A guy can dream, can’t he? Carrion.

  • Servetus

    While DEA gladiators parade with weapons raised over an alleged victory in the drug war, they should be advised of Principle IV of the Nuremberg Code which states: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible….”

    Soon the DEA will have inflated all the numbers by 10 (because multiplication by 7 requires a calculator), and they’ll pit their focus on numerous, hapless individuals they’ve strung up as progenitors of all the contraband drug use in the continental United States. Ho, hum. How many more reruns of this 1970s soap opera are we to endure?

    • Jean Valjean

      they grew up watching miami vice…

      • claygooding

        they grew up believing Miami Vice not realizing the cast and crew were ripping bong hits for the drunk scenes,,,because it is easy to act drunk convincingly on camera when your stoned,,and snorting cocaine for the foot chases,,for obvious reasons. AHHHH,,the life of sheep is so peaceful.

  • allan

    gosh… I know who they won’t be busting… the bankers in large banks laundering billions and billions of cartel dollars.

    (C’mon DEA, prove me wrong, I dare ya!)

    • claygooding

      I would actually be impressed by my government for the first time in a long time if they imprisoned every bank executive that had knowledge of or handled drug money transfers,,,

      • allan

        heck, I’d settle for only busting 13 cartel money-laundering bankers.

        That way it could be called a banker’s dozen…

        • Francis

          Thirteen as a “banker’s dozen”? You must be thinking of a “baker’s dozen”:

          The oldest known source for the expression “baker’s dozen” dates to the 13th century in one of the earliest English statutes, instituted during the reign of Henry III (1216–72), called the Assize of Bread and Ale. Bakers who were found to have shortchanged customers (some variations say that they would sell hollow bread) could be subject to severe punishment including judicial amputation of a hand. To guard against losing a hand to an axe, a baker would give 13 for the price of 12 in order to be certain of not being known as a cheat.

          Can you really imagine a banker giving his customers extra because he doesn’t want to be known as a cheat? And we already know they don’t have any reason to fear legal prosecution. A “banker’s dozen” is approximately 6.5. (If you start with a dozen, that’s about what you have left after bankers’ take their share in interest and fees.)

        • allan

          just a little word play Francis, to quote Horton (Who?):

          I said what I meant And I meant what I said

        • thelbert

          i’m sure the couch is aware that wealth is a corrupting influence: http://tinyurl.com/p6j25e9.

      • Jack

        The government does harass banks doing business with state sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries.

    • Francis

      Yeah, that’s probably a safe guess, Allan. I think we can probably also assume that the spokesperson won’t get up there and announce that all DEA agents and employees are turning themselves in, en masse, to face trial for their crimes against humanity (although that would be the agency’s first truly “significant” bust).

      But hey, I’d love to be proven wrong, too. (Do the right thing, guys!)

  • jean valjean

    the ordinary person who wants to bring money into the us has to go through a swearing procedure with a lawyer that the money was obtained legally and provide documentary proof of the source. these rules dont apply to cartels transfering millions of dollars in cash through us and british banks.

  • mikekinseattle

    btw, this looks like it could be a good documentary.

    • Atomish

      Just watched the film last night. It was extremely well done!

      Illustrates the futility of our longest standing war in a beautiful, yet entertaining and truly accessible way. I think the accessibility of this documentary is really going to make waves, fingers crossed!

  • Jean Valjean

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority of Supreme Court justices in their decision striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, as paraphrased for that other great Civil Rights issue, prohibition:
    “The federal government’s refusal to recognize legal [reform of drug laws] has imposed a “stigma,” enshrined a “separate status” into law and “humiliates” a group of people — and that is unconstitutional…”
    For how much longer is anyone who ever got caught taking a drug at any time in the past going to have to suffer this unconstitutional stigma, separation and humiliation?

    • claygooding

      That makes too much sense Jean and does not allow for the disconnect when you put marijuana in the sentence.
      They cannot use federal laws to block free trade either,,but hemp stays prohibited.

  • Servetus

    Prohibition isn’t just for illegal drugs. New research indicts the U.S. health care system for engaging in race and culture bias involving doctor prescriptions for legal opioid pain remedies:

    Patients in moderate to severe pain in emergency rooms across the U.S. are less likely to receive opioid pain medications if they are black, Hispanic, poor, or have less education, compared to more affluent patients, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

    • claygooding

      and America is completely destroying a woman that used the N word 20 years ago in a fit of anger over being robbed…what a world.

  • allan

    US makes largest-ever bust of global synthetic drug ring

    US officials announced the largest-ever bust of a global synthetic drugs ring Wednesday, seizing thousands of pounds of illicit drugs and arresting 225 people in five countries.

    Authorities seized up to 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms) of “dangerous designer synthetic drugs” that were manufactured in Asia, notably China and India […]

    -snip-

    He said millions of dollars in profits from the drug trafficking were being funneled to groups in the Middle East. While Capra would not be drawn on exactly which groups were involved, citing the ongoing investigation, he strongly hinted that terror networks were involved.

    • strayan

      It’s possible that a large percentage of the seized ‘drugs’ contain no illegal substances.

      Researchers in Europe recently tested several and found:

      All seven products, which weighed approximately 1 g each, contained only caffeine as the active pharmacological compound. There was significant variation in the percentage caffeine content (<2 to 96%), with four powders containing very significant caffeine contents of 87–96%. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00228-011-1144-y

      Have the DEA done the testing yet?

  • Scott Watkins

    Why didn’t they hold it in Miami, the city cocaine built ROFLMAO?????

  • War Vet

    I bet they’re going to announce that one of their agents lost their keys and are looking for help. What if it’s just some announcement about the Silk Road and bitcoins?

    • allan

      see my comment just above WV, that there’s their story and they’re stinking to it.

      • claygooding

        Yup,,designer drugs created as a substitute for natures banned drugs that would probably have never been created except for the drug war is now the target of the drug warriors in their never ending quest to save man from himself.

        This has to be a first though,,a drug war created drug will cost taxpayers billions more in enforcement and a new crop of prisoners while turning the manufacture and distribution of the drug over to criminals,,I bet they are all sitting around high-fiving and singing German fighting songs under a huge banner which reads:Mission Accomplished.

      • War Vet

        I was expecting that. Are you familiar with the Silk Road . . . I’ve read about it in Forbes and the U.K. Guardian . . . about how people are buying real coke and real heroin and acid etc through the web via a proxy server and digital cash . . . deep web they call it. I read about an Ausie who got too deep in the deep web and ended up buying lots and lots of coke, acid and X . . . but supposedly the Silk Road makes one million British Pounds a month in drugs . . . it’s a place to buy straight from the source and not from the gangs or cartels . . . like some Pakistani wanting to sell a few grams of pure heroin to whoever is buying. The ketch is: as long as you are buying just a few grams, its harder to get caught with all the global mail traffic and its hard to get busted with it being mailed to you since all one has to say is “I didn’t know it was drugs.” I would be like someone sending you someone else’s Amazon order, though you ended up actually ordering it and it ‘accidentally’ being sent to your address –given you were being looked at. It also works like Amazon because of buyer reviews telling about how good the acid or crystal or skunk bud is.

  • allan

    still not doing vids but this sounds int’resting, from Darby at LEAP:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IwSV5HJPqE

    Neill comes on around :35.

    • Servetus

      The weakness in the prohibitionist’s arguments lies in their reliance upon proven fallacies. They have rote talking points they toss out to obscure details needing discussion.

      Kennedy probably never met a science course he wouldn’t take. Now we’re expected to believe Mr. Kennedy has acquired some kind of doctorate in neurology, biochemistry, or biophysics, and that he comprehends the incredibly complex workings of addiction. Because Nora Volkow clued him in? Certainty presents terrible dangers here. He’s the man with the facts, but we never really find out what his facts are, except for some cryptic references to bioresearch he doesn’t understand or misrepresents. Basically, he’s a charlatan. Piers Morgan could do a better job asking Kennedy about the science, and thereby expose the man’s naiveté.

      Neill Franklin’s arguments have some weaknesses as well. He tackles the moral issues involving the drug war, and he does it very well. But he’s outnumbered, and he faces three opponents who masquerade as scientists. One or more is involved in the drug treatment industry.

      Mr. Franklin should consider the one thing the rote-minded can’t handle is new material. If he were to expand on his topics by somehow noting his opponents are not scientists, as Kennedy claims, that the opposition’s fear and loathing of marijuana is based on supposition rather than fact, and that real scientists, medical doctors, and pharmacists oppose the prohibitionists’ beliefs in marijuana’s innate harm, he could throw them. But he never calls their bluff.

      But that might not be possible given amount of time Mr. Franklin was allowed to speak. Is that because he’s black?

  • claygooding

    I couldn’t watch it as soon as I saw Morgan as referee,,I knew he would shadow box the prohibs and keep Franklin diverted from the questions needing to be asked.

    He needs to ask Sabet,who is a rehab dr(notice small letters,,,on purpose)what percentage of alcoholics and opiod addicts gain full recovery from their addiction of either one of them and if the percentages are worse because Kennedy is a double hitter on two of the most addictive drugs on the market.

    Based on the science available today would Sabet trust any advice from Kennedy.

  • darkcycle

    Addiction is addiction, and the stigma is there for all who are unfortunate sufferers.
    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/alcoholic-mother-fires-back?page=0%2C1

  • Irie

    Awww…..Once again, I don’t comment much unless 1)I have experience on the subject at hand, or 2) want to “big up” on the subject. Not saying I am an expert on said subject, just have lived the said subject. In this case, my father, may he rest in peace, was not much of a father, due to his addiction of alcohol.

    As a child, I experience him going through the DT’s (delirium tremors), twice. Waking up to him, more than I can count, begging my mother to please, please take him to friends residence (drinking buddies) to get a drink as it was of an hour that alcohol was not available to buy, so he didn’t go through the DTs. I saw him down Aucqua Velvet (SP?) after shave, because it has alcohol in in (he claiming it would save him from going through the DTs). Saw him more times than I like to recall, beat, kick, abuse, (mentally, emotionally also) my mother. Now keep in mind, this was in the late 60’s, early, early 70’s. As he aged, and got off alcohol, his mind became mush, literally, according to doctors, and his liver was so diseased that he actually herniated his belly button. His family was so removed from him because of his years of abuse, both of alcohol and them, he died alone in a veteran’s hospital in Portland.

    These memories of him staying drunk for months at a time, not working, and being very poor still are very vivid to me. The only good that I can say that became of my childhood is that my father taught me how I DIDN’T want to be. I didn’t want kids, or to get married, as I thought (early in life), this would lead to alcohol/drug addiction.

    I since learned, after meeting and marrying at 35, my husband, who doesn’t drink, and is a great father, provider and husband, can be reliable and responsible and in complete coherency carry on in life with relaxing with cannibus. This I can truly attest to.

    So if you ask me what addiction is, I know, I lived it as a child growing up, and I now live with a responsible user of cannibus, and I do know the difference, and my children do no see the atrocities of addiction that I saw as a child. Just the relationship between my children and my husband as well as my husband and my self are in no comparison as I was with my father my mother.

    There is only love in our house…..and no said addiction.
    Thanks for hearing me out people! Praise Jah, life is good, eh?

    • Servetus

      Your father’s story is truly sad, Irie, and it’s one that’s repeated continually. About the only hope to be drawn from such situations is the future promise of an effective medicinal treatment for the disease of addiction itself, plus an effort to eliminate the stigmatization that’s arisen to combat addiction on a sadomoralistic level.

      The hunt is on for drugs that will reduce alcohol cravings, which arise through a combination of neurochemical effects. Also, once prohibitionism has been effectively quarantined and purged, and a harm reduction policy introduced, the government may finally be willing to advise people to take vitamin B-12 supplements to counter developing liver cirrhosis if they drink (it’s worked for me, my liver function is perfect). No country will ever sacrifice a father again just so a government can convince its citizens that alcoholism or drug addiction is bad, as if we didn’t know that.

    • ezrydn

      Irie,

      I, too, lived it. I lost both when I was 13. My dad was the alky. And, because of it, I never acquired a taste for the stuff. I can’t even handle one drink.

  • Tony Aroma

    So what happened at this news conference? I could find nothing about it anywhere (but here). Any links?

    • allan

      see the link in my comment, just a few above above. That’s it. That’s the big announcement.

      • Tony Aroma

        Funny how they brag about bigger and bigger busts. Don’t they realize, the more they seize, the worse they’re doing their jobs. Real progress in the drug war would be fewer and smaller seizures.

        • thelbert

          funny how the highest paid brains in the land of the free can’t figure out a simple idea like that.