2011 in Review: Issues and events in drug enforcement
Well, it seems 2011 has come and gone as fast as we could blink an eye. Controversies in law enforcement continue to make headlines and the evening news, from TASER use, new patrol car models, officer involved shootings, to dealing with the “Occupy” movement across the country. But an important topic that always makes it to the forefront is drug law enforcement and interdiction — the good, bad and the ugly in the “War on Drugs.” Here are four significant drug headlines we saw throughout 2011 — add your own ideas in the comments area below to round out this “Top Five” list.
These tunnels not only traffic narcotics, but guns, humans and other unwanted crimes.
H.R. 2306 Fails
The bill died.
These people don’t realize the negative impact a bill like this would have on our efforts to stop the cartels. The D.E.A. is probably the most skilled and active force fighting the cartels. Taking away their ability and/or power to investigate marijuana would be crippling. Without federal law enforcement conducting intense, long term investigations, all efforts to combat the cartels to any significant levels would cease. Many large scale investigations into cocaine and methamphetamines, gun smuggling, money laundering, sometimes begin with a marijuana investigation. Marijuana is the biggest profit crop of the cartels. I just find it hard to believe that these legislatures can’t see the violence and criminal acts the people in the marijuana business are committing.
Legalizing marijuana doesn’t stop bad people from doing bad things.
Air, Sea, Border, and Highway Drug Interdiction
If you are an interdiction officer, whether working a checkpoint, a highway, or in a boat, you probably have some great trophy shots from 2011.
The Eponymous Detention Center
Well, turns out that not only was he possibly dealing meth out of his house, but he was asking for sex in exchange as well. Now he is of course innocent until proven guilty, but doesn’t look to good for the ex-honorable sheriff here in this case. And to top it off he was booked into the Patrick J. Sullivan Detention Center, named after him. We as law enforcement have to be able to trust each other, and when someone like this violates our trust, it not only sets us back as individual officer’s but sets back our efforts of working together — city to city, city to county, county to state, and state to federal.
In the end, we as drug law enforcement officers will continue to do our jobs, through the good, bad, and ugly headlines we must endure. YOU stay strong; never compromise your beliefs, your ethics, your resolve to bag the bad guys. And if you are a bad guy wearing’ a badge, I’d sweat a little, because 99.99 percent of the cops you are working with may have the ability to catch on to what you are up too and you may be sharing a jail cell with Sheriff so-and-so before you know it.
Stay safe out there and Happy Holidays.
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