Entries in Drug Enforcement Agency (2)


DEA Busts Cross-Border Drug Tunnel

Photo Courtesy - Drug Enforcement Agency(OTEY MESA, Calif.) -- The bust of a drug-smuggling tunnel on the U.S.-Mexico border has netted about $20 million worth of marijuana.

In one of the largest tunnel-related seizures ever, the Drug Enforcement Agency seized 30 tons of marijuana from two warehouses in the United States and Mexico.

The 1,800-foot underground tunnel linked a warehouse in Otey Mesa, Calif., to a similar building in Tijuana, Mexico. DEA officials said Thursday that they believe the tunnel had been completed recently and may have been in operation for about a month.

The bust comes just two days after California voters shot down a proposition to legalize the personal use of the drug.

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$250 Million in Drugs Destroyed in Joint US-Russia Drug Op

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(MOSCOW) -- Russia is heralding this first joint operation with the U.S., saying $250 million of drugs were destroyed and doing $1 billion worth of damage to the drug trade, according to Russian reports.  The director of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service, Sergei Ivanov, told reporters in Moscow that 932kg of heroin, 156kg of opium and “a significant amount”  of production equipment was destroyed.

Speaking alongside the U.S. embassy’s deputy chief of mission, Ivanov said 200 million doses would now not appear on the Central Asian market.  He said three heroin labs and one morphine lab were eliminated, 70 US, Russian and Afghan personnel as well as helicopter gunships were involved in the mission that took three months of planning.

"The operation was launched based on a tip-off about the location of drug-making laboratories. It took us three months to establish the precise whereabouts of the drug laboratories, to analyze the specifics of the terrain, as well as to obtain information about those involved, production volumes and possible routes for funding and precursor supplies," Ivanov said, according to Interfax, adding that he hopes to continue to cooperate with the U.S. on destroying labs.

Russia -- Ivanov in particular -- has long criticized the U.S. for not doing enough to stop the flow of drugs from Afghanistan.  Russia has a huge heroin problem; it says it’s the biggest consumer in the world with 2-3 million addicts and about 30,000 deaths per year.  An estimated 90 percent of Russia’s heroin comes from Afghanistan.

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