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  • wingover 4:27 pm on March 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Why is Forbes Magazine putting a Mexican drug lord on its billionaire list?? 

    BBC NEWS | Americas | Mexican ‘drug lord’ on rich list.

    Forbes magazine’s latest list of the world’s billionaires includes Mexico’s most wanted man – Joaquin Guzman.

    The 54-year-old, who is said to be the head of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, is 701st on the list with an estimated fortune of $1bn (£722m).

    Mr Guzman, who escaped from a Mexican prison on 2001, is understood to be at large in Mexico or Central America.

    Mexican officials blame much of the recent violence in the north of the country on Mr Guzman.

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    • damian 11:14 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      because Forbes is a lying magazine, this is ridiculous. No one can count a drug dealer’s fortune. If you can, then you know him and you are also involved in crime

    • Intrigued 12:21 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The sad part is that Joaquin Guzman is probably more honest and ruins fewer lives than many of his “respectable” peers on that list. Corporate greed and profiteering ruins as many or more lives than the Mexican drug cartels. Not that I in any way support or approve of drug runners, but they are at least honest about being criminals.

    • Pam Bloom 12:46 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This is extremely distasteful to include such a person in “billionaires” – Forbes just placed itself with the likes of gutter magazines such as STAR or National Inquire. No wonder our country is having such problems. People in leadership roles are making some really stupid decisions. The people in charge Forbes are now among the bad decision makers.

    • Thaddeus 1:17 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Forbes is a joke…It just shows that Forbes can’t distinguish between corruption and honesty…anyone with that much money can be on their list regardless of how they made it. So if you’ve made billions from human trafficking you can make Forbes and be applauded for it….sad day for business media in the US.

    • Vicente Loyola MD 1:50 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What does Forbes expect? To have more kids recruited into the drug trade?
      Way to go America!

    • J. Herrera 2:10 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Is the crisis now affecting brains?
      Few questions:

      How did the reporter/chief editor found out about “El Chapo” alleged fortune?

      Did they guessed? Did they actually researched? Made contact with him and asked?

      By including Guzmán in the list they were at least irresponsible and made me doubt about their professionalism

      What if other “Lords” want to be in the list? Would they submit their assets list?

      Where are there mobsters from other places like Russia or U.S.?

      Also, a fortune of that size would require a big, big laundry operation, meaning corruption both sides of the border and Banks involved (most of the banks operating in Mexico are branches of foreign banks)

      Fortune: What was your point?

    • gabriela 2:50 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Why we never talk about who places the drug orders here in the states, and blame the suppliers? This is an old law: supply will exist according to the demand.

    • Logic 3:00 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So you seriously think that everybody else on that list made it “honestly”?

    • Tony 3:33 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If Americans didnt buy the drugs then people like Joaquin Guzman wouldnt sell them.

    • Plummer Joe 3:58 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Either he’s a billionaire or not. If he is, he belongs on the list. Quit trying to censor the billionaire list. It’s not a list of rich moral people…

  • wingover 12:26 pm on February 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Do you believe these drugs are destroyed? 

    Record drug haul of 3.26 tons seized in northern Morocco_English_Xinhua.

    RABAT, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) — A record drug haul of 3.26 tons was seized Saturday night in Moroccan northern port of Tangier, local MAP news agency reported Sunday.

    The catch was loaded in a Spain-registered TIR truck transporting a potato cargo charged in the Atlantic city of Agadir,600 km south of Moroccan capital of Rabat.

    The hash, with a street value of about 4.6 million U.S. dollars, is on its way to Europe through Spain, according to preliminary probe, the report said.

    The drug traffickers concealed the banned substance in a potatocargo, hoping the scan would not detect it since the hash has nearly similar density, the report added.

    The truck driver, a Spanish of about 40 years old, will be brought to court for charges of international drug trafficking, according to the report.

    Last month, Morocco disbanded what is regarded as the largest ever international drug trafficking ring, which comprises 109 suspects, including 76 law-enforcement elements.

    Morocco, the world’s second largest hash provider after Afghanistan, said it has slashed 65 percent cannabis production in2008, and halved the cannabis-growing lands to 60,000 hectares from 2003 to 2008. It also has pledged to further reduce the cultivated lands to 55,000 hectares in 2009.

     
    • Anonymous 11:09 pm on February 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Do you believe these drugs are destroyed?
      Yes, inside a bong.

  • wingover 11:36 am on February 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Brazil: Police find 4 tons of coke 

    Brazil: Police find 4 tons of coke – UPI.com.

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — Brazilian authorities have found nearly 4 tons of cocaine stashed in lumber scheduled to be shipped to Romania.

    Police found the drugs amid the planks at a port in the southern state of Parana, O Globo reported Sunday.

    The bust was the second largest by Brazilian and international authorities. In 2002, 7 tons of cocaine was found in the central state of Tocantins.

     
  • wingover 11:32 am on January 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    War on Drugs (The Prison Industrial Complex) (1999) 

    The first few minutes are in dutch, but the rest is in english. The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is larger than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska. Try to imagine the Drug Enforcement Administration erecting razor wire barricades around two states to control crime and you’ll get the picture. According to the U.S. Dept of Justice, the number of offenders under age 18 imprisoned for drug offenses increased twelvefold from 1985 to 1997. The group most affected by this propensity for incarceration is African-Americans. From 1985 to 1997, the percentage of African-American young people put in prison increased from 53 to 62 percent. Today, 89 percent of police departments have paramilitary units, and 46 percent have been trained by active duty armed forces. The most common use of paramilitary units is serving drug-related search warrants, which usually involve no-knock entries into private homes.

     
  • wingover 11:44 pm on January 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Top 11 compounds in US drinking water 

    Top 11 compounds in US drinking water – environment – 12 January 2009 – New Scientist.

    • Atenolol, a beta-blocker used to treat cardiovascular disease

    • Atrazine, an organic herbicide banned in the European Union, but still used in the US, which has been implicated in the decline of fish stocks and in changes in animal behaviour

    • Carbamazepine, a mood-stabilising drug used to treat bipolar disorder, amongst other things

    • Estrone, an oestrogen hormone secreted by the ovaries and blamed for causing gender-bending changes in fish

    • Gemfibrozil, an anti-cholesterol drug

    • Meprobamate, a tranquiliser widely used in psychiatric treatment

    • Naproxen, a painkiller and anti-inflammatory linked to increases in asthma incidence

    • Phenytoin, an anticonvulsant that has been used to treat epilepsy

    • Sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic used against the Streptococcus bacteria, which is responsible for tonsillitis and other diseases

    • TCEP, a reducing agent used in molecular biology

    • Trimethoprim, another antibiotic

     
  • wingover 12:01 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Colombia’s government OK with cocaine factory tours?? 

    Colombia’s cocaine factory tours | Central America | News.com.au.

    COLOMBIA has become the hot new destination among backpackers, offering tourists a tour of the country’s notorious cocaine factories.

    The drug that has plagued the country for years has become a major tourist attraction, with details of tours spreading by word-of-mouth almost as quick as the drugs are being exported.

     
  • wingover 12:10 pm on December 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Mexico holds army officer accused of drug gang ties 

    Reuters.com.

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico arrested a military officer suspected of passing information to drug traffickers as part of a government sweep to rout out corruption, the attorney general’s office said in a statement on Friday.

    Mexico’s liaison to Interpol and the former head of the country’s organized crime bureau were also arrested in recent weeks for alleged drug ties. Another 30 anti-drug police have been fired on suspicion of corruption.

     
  • wingover 11:31 am on December 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Is this how you hold your nose? 

    LIMA, PERU

    Peru’s Interior minister Remigio Hernani covers his nose as he inspect bags containing cocaine in Lima December 18, 2008. More than four tons of drugs including cocaine paste, marijuana, cocaine, opium and heroine were incinerated. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (PERU)

     
  • wingover 9:59 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    The politicians and the drugs cartels – scandal engulfs Colombia’s elite 

    The Guardian

    In the cramped and dirty cells of La Picota prison in Bogotá, some of Colombia’s most hardened criminals languish, existing on the barest amenities. The prison is notorious – the scene of bloody feuds and riots.

    But in part of this sprawling complex a number of well-heeled detainees have a starkly different routine. Their cells are newly painted, decorated with bedspreads, curtains, and filled with tape players and personal belongings. A freezer is stocked with a steady supply of their favourite foods: dried fish from the Caribbean coast, catfish, duck, and small turtles – a local speciality. On visiting days, they have festive barbecues with their families.

    These fortunate few – seven senators and one congressman – are political allies of President Alvaro Uribe, and all are charged with collusion with illegal rightwing militias. Some also face charges of conspiring to commit electoral fraud, murder, kidnapping and even organising massacres.

    Accusations of alliances with drug-trafficking death squad leaders who effectively controlled swaths of the country have engulfed Colombia’s political, military and business elites. They increasingly threaten to touch the president’s office, and while the Bush administration’s support for its only ally in the region has been unwavering, the US Congress is increasingly questioning the multimillion dollar military aid packages handed out to the Bogotá government in the so-called “war on drugs”.

     
  • wingover 8:57 am on December 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    CIA Drug Ops Conspiracy (unaired documentary) 

     
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