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Drug Smuggling DEA calls Marijuana Legalization ‘Reckless and Irresponsible’

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s chief of operations pleaded with lawmakers during a Senate hearing Wednesday, warning over the alleged dangers of marijuana legalization at the state level.

Image: DEA Drug Money (U.S. Open Borders)
Image: DEA Drug Money (U.S. Open Borders)

“It scares us,” James L. Capra said according to the Washington Post. “Every part of the world where this has been tried, it has failed time and time again.”

Only one day after court documents revealed the DEA to be smuggling billions in drugs with Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, backing up a 2011 report by the El Paso Times, the federal agency seemed desperate to keep its blood money flowing uninterrupted, calling the growing legalization movement “reckless and irresponsible.”

“This is a bad experiment,” Capra said. “It’s going to cost us in terms of social costs.”

While the social costs are to be debated, it seems unlikely the DEA is concerned over the social cost of incarcerating millions of Americans for purchasing drugs the agency itself helped ship into the country.

Speaking specifically on Colorado, which recently legalized recreational use of marijuana, Capra claimed the agency was dismayed at the state’s decision.

“There are more dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks,” Capra said. “The idea somehow people in our country have that this is somehow good for us as a nation is wrong. It’s a bad thing.”

Multiple federal agencies drunk on billions in taxpayer money are in a panic as the general public begins questioning the drug trade’s real source. Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent refusal to prosecute HSBC, a bank caught laundering billions in drug money for Mexican cartels, dealt a major blow to the federal government’s credibility regarding the drug war.

Several years prior in 2011, banking giant Wachovia received no criminal charges after they were found to have laundered 378.6 billion in drug money for the Sinaloa cartel as well.

Incredibly, as cartel money laundering banks are protected by the federal government, the DEA has threatened those same banks with legal action if they store cash for small-time legal marijuana businesses in Washington and Colorado.

Given the DEA’s access to vast data from the NSA, many now question how the agency has not been able to stop such major drug groups. As many have said for years, the DEA at the highest level is nothing more than a smuggling and protection agency for cartels that work with major banks. Unfortunately, the federal government’s relationship with dangerous cartels goes much further than simple protection.

High-ranking Sinaloa member Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla recently admitted that the cartel had received weapons from the United States government for years under Operation Fast and Furious. While the Obama administration claims the operation was to track guns into Mexico, Niebla revealed the weapons to be for war with rival cartels.

Even more ironic, Wednesday’s Senate hearing was focused on drug cultivation in Afghanistan, where the arrival of US troops in 2001 has lead to record level opium production.

In fact, a 2009 report by the New York Times revealed one of Afghanistan’s biggest drug kingpins, the brother of Afghanistan’s president, to be on the CIA’s payroll.

The United States involvement in Afghanistan’s drug trade became so obvious that several news groups including ABC and FOX ran reports admitting that U.S. troops were ordered to help grow opium, though attempting to paint the practice as necessary.

While there is likely countless well-meaning DEA agents across the country, the bloodshed, hypocrisy and outright treasonous activity by the agency has few taking them serious.

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  1. Sounds to me as if he is getting upset because someone is removing his power over we the people. Here is a real world exercise in freedom!

    Here is a real life case study that actually has results for the whole world can learn from. 7/05/2011

    Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal

    Video of First Legal Pot Buyer in Colorado

    FBI: 46% Of All Drug Arrests Are For Marijuana Possession

    • Adding to your point Lincoln, what are the numbers for people in prison classified as non violent drug offenders? I bet it is 60% plus.

      • It is all about control from our want to be 'MASTERS'. This quote sums everything up nicely!

        "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" arose as part of a quotation by the expansively named and impressively hirsute John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

        • That is why power needs to be minimalized and spread around (checks and balances).

          • As the founding fathers intended.

          • The irony is that the bill of rights was to protect rich men from powerful governments and not just kings. Yeah, there's a reason they invented a system that is resistant to mob rule as well as royalty. 😛

            It's amazing though that it's as resistant as it is, this long afterwards. Most revolutionary governments die either a quick death in a couple decades (counterrevolutionaries), or slowly fade like the USSR, or totally betray their origins (France's Department of Public Safety). We actually had a government that was designed to be stable and workable, from the beginning. The dark side of course is that it was initially a privileged class that got the best use of those protections (especially voting and police protection), and it slowly spread out to first the poorer white males, then the non-white males, and finally women. Although in practice, blacks of both sexes had a hard time voting until the CRM of the 1960's. Police forces still are pretty scary to poor people of all races.

    • Awe he’s gonna be laid off and have to get a real job. No more playing Miami Vice.

  2. What causes a person to be more "reckless" and "irresponsible" as the title of this article suggests? A weed user or a boozer?

    Idiot DEA.

    Marijuana will have the same history as alcohol (legal, illegal, legal) only more prolonged. That is because big pharma knows it will loose business versus weed's medicinal uses. Oxy or weed? Hmm easy choice.

    • Weed versus chemo? In big pharma's eyes. Chemo! Job security, fight cancer with something that will give you cancer later on. Genius.

      • Not to kill your buzz — but there is no evidence smoking pot cures anything, including cancer. Inhaling hot,toxin gases and fumes is not healthy;

        • Of course facts would disagree with you and you can also make food out of pot so you don't have to smoke it….common sense 101:

          • As much as I'm opposed to recreational uses of illegal drugs he really needs to do his research.

            Glaucoma. And it may not 'cure' it but if it relieves the symptoms that's about all any legal drug does, or you would only need one dosage of anything.

          • Conversely, I'm wondering if vaporizers won't turn out to amazingly not have all the cancer cases connected that chew and smoke do, regardless of using a hops relative, or our favorite nightshade leaves as the source material. Who wants to bet that 99% of the toxicity is from the smoke and chemicals used to process it? I would think that an even bigger issue is that smoke contains chemicals (inorganic minerals) that can give you black lung symptoms on your x-ray photographs after decades of use.

            I remember reading about how at least some of the cancer cases were caused by people exposed to radioactive fallout from the 1960's. Seems there have been all sorts of nasty ways to get cancer from smoking. Burning starches also produces a carcinogen (but in amounts that are barely detectable unless the bread is practically inedible), BTW. I'm not sure how that's related to dried tobacco though as it has more proteins than starch.

    • CommeCestGentil

      Oxys then?

  3. Photos of U.S. and Afghan Troops Patrolling Poppy Fields June 29, 2012

    Even More Photos of US/NATO Troops Patrolling Opium Poppy Fields in Afghanistan September 5, 2011

  4. Just disgusting. Not much I hear from this countries so called leaders is anything less than putrid.
    In Arizona we are petitioning to amend our medical law to allow all adults 18 and over to use recreationally. The state has been flipping out. Now their precious state run drug cartels ( ie the dispensaries of AZ) will not be able to rape the poor and sick. And the private prison contracts that demand 95% full beds will have to be answered too. Too bad so sad go suck it every frickin politician in this God ugly country.

  5. James L. Capra can eat shit. He is the top POS in an organization that needs to be shelved. The war on drugs is a complete and utter failure. Admit it you hypocrites. You disgust me.

  6. Trillions have been spent for fighting drug dealers. And what is the result, Mr. Capra. Did you succeed? You failed, 100% failed,as all drug enforcement agency around the world failed.

    Drug enforcement is a total fiasco.

    So, if I was you, I would shut up and avoid the non-sense you are spreading all over the internet.

  7. Anyone find it exremely suspicious and or distasteful that this story is sponsored by an ad to “andvance your career in the cia”.

  8. The criminally insane running the show. Here's an idea: Have this clown try every drug deemed illegal and put him under observation. While he's high on weed, ask him if he'd reconsider his stance. Watch him as he signs off on legalizing weed as he's wolfing down some chocolate chip cookies with a pen in his hand and while his signature is drying on the legalization of weed document he just signed with that permasmile on his face. Peace out.

  9. this sums up the dea for me

    legalize cannabis everywhere. all states, all providences, all countries.

    stuff like this won't happen once fully legalized

    i also add big tax income for this section of the govt that approves legalization, will over throw and over power the dea. Greed at its best

    i also add the govt states that this should be a non profit type of thing. but who really here is profitting? does taxes ring a bell?

  10. Lets make everyone a deadbeat on dope! After all who wants to work anymore? An honest politian?

    • 2014 and the reefer madness clowns are still around. Try laying off the kooky aid and try a dose of facts in your faux world. Pot doesn't demotivate… stupidity does…

  11. lol there there to "enforce" the drugs

  12. Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals' reports.

    TOBACCO – 340,000 to 450,000

    ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) – 150,000+

    ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) – 180 to 1,000+

    CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) – 1,000 to 10,000

    "LEGAL" DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol – e.g. Valium/alcohol – 14,000 to 27,000

    ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE – (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs – 3,800 to 5,200


    (Marijuana users also have the same or lower incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general non-marijuana using population as a whole. Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

  13. riotfl,….anyone invite a 'dark;' sider to know,a D.E.A. proponent?…whahaha,riiight,huh?…I D.A.R.E.them…

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  15. The headline is wrong. The DEA doesn't smuggle drugs. There may have been a operator in the DEA doing such an activity and they simply makes HIM a dope dealer.

  16. “It scares us,” James L. Capra said..

    Of course it does.

    You can see your job literally going up in smoke if it's legalized, right Jimmy? 🙂

  17. Capra is both a traitor and a psychopath, since only traitors wage war on fellow citizens and only a psychopath could destroy someones family over a plant.

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  21. It scares us,” James L. Capra said..

    Of course it does.

    You can see your job literally going up in smoke if it's legalized, right Jimmy? 🙂

  22. Lets make everyone a deadbeat on dope! After all who wants to work anymore? An honest politian?

  23. iotfl,….anyone invite a 'dark;' sider to know,a D.E.A. prop

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  26. Lets make everyone a deadbeat on dope! After all who wants to work anymore? An honest politian?

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