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Latest news: 7-30-2009

U.S. cautious about Mexico's new drug law

Mexico City, Mexico - U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske says he will adopt a "wait-and-see attitude" on a new Mexican drug law that many see as effectively decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of drugs including marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

President Felipe Calderon has proposed requiring mandatory treatment for those caught with "personal-use" amounts of drugs.

Full story, The Oakland Tribune

Trash collectors watch for drug activity

Lakeland, FL - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd doesn't put up with trash talk. Unless, of course, he's doing the talking and it's about his agency's new partnership with Florida Refuse Services.

Operation Waste Watch, launched Wednesday, asks trash collectors to act as unofficial crime-watchers in Polk neighborhoods.

Full story, The Tampa Tribune

Cartels suspected in murder of Mexican policeman, family

Veracruz, Mexico - Gunmen shot up and torched the home of a Mexican police commander Wednesday, killing the officer, his wife and his four children, including a 6-year-old boy.

The interior of the house in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz was completely burned, and its facade was riddled with bullet holes. Inside, police found the bodies of municipal police commander Jesus Antonio Romero and his family, Veracruz state Public Safety Secretary Sergio Lopez said.

Full story, Yahoo! News

Drug task force receives stimulus funds

Greene County, MI - Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that the Greene County Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team will receive $525,925 in federal economic stimulus money for combating drug-related crimes.

The grant is part of $7.3 million in grants for drug task forces across the state. It's available thanks to the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Nixon said.

Full story, Springfield News-Leader

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