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MAP - Drugnews - Puerto Rico

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Published: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:33:51 -0700

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Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Debates Legalizing Marijuana Use

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Independent, 21 Apr 2013 - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Dozens of people marched Saturday through Puerto Rico's capital amid growing support for a recent bill filed by a former police chief that aims to legalize marijuana for personal use, unleashing an unprecedented debate in this conservative U.S. territory. The crowd marched to the seaside Capitol building, where Sen. Miguel Pereira filed a bill this week stating it should be legal for those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. The former federal prosecutor and corrections secretary said possession cases are costing the government money, noting that 80 percent of inmates are serving time for nonviolent crimes.

US PR: Drug Violence At America's Other Southern Border

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 08:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 25 Nov 2011 - Last Friday night, a married couple entering their home in the town of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, was startled by two armed burglars. The husband was fatally shot, becoming the 1,000th murder victim of 2011. This was Puerto Rico's highest annual homicide toll - until the record was surpassed the next day. On average, someone is murdered every 7 1/2 hours in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory populated by 3.7 million American citizens. At least half of these murders involve drug trafficking organizations, whose growing presence has bred a culture of violence that emboldens criminals and threatens the lives of innocent people. The homicide and unemployment rates in Puerto Rico are higher than those of any U.S. state.

US PR: 80% Of Puerto Rico Murders Called Drug-Related

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Latin American Herald-Tribune, 06 Oct 2009 - SAN JUAN - About 80 percent of the murders committed in Puerto Rico are directly linked to drug trafficking, authorities and academics say. The violence is one of the consequences of the passage of drugs through Puerto Rico, which has become a bridge for the trafficking of narcotics to the mainland United States, Felix Bauso, head of the San Juan police drugs and vice division, told Efe Monday.

Puerto Rico: Airline Crew Charged In Drug Bust

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 16 Sep 2009 - U.S. Indicts 23, Including Nine American Workers, in Alleged Cocaine Trafficking Plot Federal prosecutors charged 23 people, including nine American Airlines' employees, with operating a smuggling ring that shipped thousands of pounds of cocaine in suitcases on flights from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland.

US PR: Puerto Rico's AIDS Care in Disarray Over Funds

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 05 Jun 2007 - SAN JUAN, P.R. -- His emaciated body advertises the damage wreaked by the AIDS virus. But over the last year, Rolando Warren Gonzalez, 41, a former steel band member, has faced an extra challenge to his survival. From the shelter where he lives in Loiza in Puerto Rico's impoverished northeast, Mr. Gonzalez travels an hour and a half by bus to reach the government clinic where he receives his "cocktail" of antiviral drugs.

US PR: Weapons That Fuel Island's Drug War Often From Florida

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 07:00:00 GMT

Orlando Sentinel, 19 Mar 2007 - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- More than 200 Puerto Rico police officers and federal agents with assault rifles and sidearms swarm out of a station near San Juan in the middle of the night. After piling into three caravans, they speed off in different directions -- but the mission is the same: Confiscate as many illegal guns and drugs as possible and arrest the dealers.

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Governor Considers Putting National

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 08:00:00 GMT

Sun-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2007 - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The governor sent buses with guards to ferry children to school in violence-wracked neighborhoods Tuesday and was considering calling on National Guard troops to back police in response to a surge in drug-related violence in this U.S. Caribbean territory. Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila was expected to announce later in the day whether he will call up National Guard troops to help police patrol housing projects in the Rio Piedras suburb of the capital and elsewhere where drug traffickers are battling each other for control.

Puerto Rico: Feuds Among Drug Gangs Turn Deadlier Every Year

Sun, 24 Jul 2005 07:00:00 GMT

Sun-Sentinel, 24 Jul 2005 - LAS PIEDRAS, Puerto Rico -- The men pulled up at about 8:30 that night, stopped outside Building A-6 of the La Ribera public housing project and opened fire. Nine AK-47 rounds ripped into 5-year-old Paola Nicole Ortega Santiago. She died instantly -- another innocent bystander in a feud between rival drug gangs.

US PR: Banco Popular Agrees To Pay A U.S. Fine For Lax Controls

Fri, 17 Jan 2003 08:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 17 Jan 2003 - Puerto Rican Bank Failed To Report Possible Money-Laundering Activity In the latest sign of the U.S. government's money-laundering clampdown after the terrorist attacks, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico admitted that its internal controls were lax and agreed to pay almost $22 million.