Drug Smugglers Shoot Drugs Across Border with Cannon
By Peter Weber / The Week
When it comes to sending their contraband across the increasingly heavily guarded U.S. border, Mexico’s drug cartels appear to be taking inspiration from modern pro sports — specifically from the handheld shooters used to launch T-shirts and other goodies into the stands at baseball and basketball games. Last weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents found 33 cans holding 85 pounds of marijuana scattered across a field near Yuma, Arizona. After a little more nosing around, they also found an empty carbon dioxide tank. Their [...]
By Elliot Spagart / Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — Eugenio Velazquez doesn’t fit the mold of the down-on-his luck, uneducated, underemployed courier who ferries drugs to the U.S. for Mexican drug cartels.
The dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico belongs to Tijuana’s elite, equally at ease on both sides of the border. He lives in a modest, suburban San Diego neighborhood and had a flourishing career designing some of the Mexican border city’s most prominent buildings over the last decade, including its new main cathedral, an expansion of the Tijuana Cultural Center and the police headquarters.
Saltillo. – Four men were found dead in one of the side bridges of the Sarape Distributor Road, east of Saltillo.
The discovery of the bodies immediately triggered the alert among the authorities who came to remove them.
The State Security spokesman, Sergio Sisbeles said the identities and the age are unknown.
The report was received at approximately 05:30 hours pointing out that four people were hanging from the bridge side of the roads connecting the Foundadores and Luis Echeverria boulevards, heading to the south.
Sisbeles also mentioned that a Neon vehicle was secured. It was abandoned [...]
By by Ricky Gunawan / Open Society Foundation
The numbers are shocking.
At least 540 people executed for drugs in Iran in 2011.
At least 16 beheaded for drug-related offenses in Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2012.
And thousands more languishing on death row awaiting a possible beheading, firing squad, lethal injection, or hanging. Many of them low-level mules, conned, coerced, or manipulated into carrying drugs into countries that retain capital punishment for drugs.
A new report, The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2012—Tipping the Scales for [...]