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"I don't mind a debate around issues like decriminalization," he said at the Cartagena summit. "I personally don't agree that's a solution to the problem." Decriminalization means scrapping criminal penalties for the use of drugs. It falls short of legalization which, in its purest form, means the abolition of all forms of government control of drugs. Obama is against that, too. "I don't think that legalization of drugs is going to be the answer," he said.
Canada is a top producer and exporter of ecstasy, a synthetic drug linked to more than a dozen recent deaths in Canada, according to a UN report released Tuesday.
Under heavily armed guard, police displayed the 110 kilos of cocaine officers seized.
Canada has joined Colombia as a leading exporter of synthetic or designer drugs, flooding the global market on an almost unprecedented scale, police say.
Customs officers at Philadelphia International Airport have seized 130 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of about $4 million.
The Obama administration announced harsh new sanctions against four far-flung criminal organizations on Monday, part of what it said was a coordinated strategy to fight international underworld factions that could harm United States interests or security
Federal law enforcement authorities on Wednesday charged 37 individuals in connection with an international drug-trafficking ring led by ethnic Albanians, whose operations are said to have netted more than $500 million during an 11-year run across three continents
Sophisticated criminals are using special compartments built into tractor trailers to smuggle cash across borders, says the RCMP
Mexican drug cartels have used cash and sexual favors as tools to corrupt U.S. border and customs agents, an inspector general investigation has found
$200m is seized, 20 people arrested