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Preston Peet

The Cienfuegos Affair: How the U.S. Bungled the Drug Case Against a Mexican General

Prior to the Presidential election, tensions between the U.S. and Mexico were as high as the unfinished Trump border wall. At the center of the controversy: Mexican Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who the DEA charged with being in cahoots with the H-2 drug cartel. Cienfuegos was apprehended, then returned to Mexico in January. Now, the problem is for President Biden to deal with.

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Sean Penn's Latest Role: Fast Times with El Chapo

Sean Penn, who played Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," decided to portray another character recently: a journalist. In this role, he scored a major coup by interviewing the notorious Mexican drug lord, "El Chapo" Guzman, shortly before his latest capture.

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Who Let the Dog Out? 'El Chapo' Guzman Escapes from Prison, Again

In his second brazen escape, notorious Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman burrowed out of maximum security prison on July 11. There have long been allegations of shady, behind-the-scenes cooperation between Guzman’s Sinaola cartel and U.S. law enforcement agencies, with the DEA using his underlings as informants.

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The End of Ross Ulbricht's Silk Road

Less than a week after Ross Ulbricht, convicted founder and mastermind behind the infamous online “dark web” drug bazaar Silk Road, received a prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole, his lawyers filed a notice of appeal. But things don’t look good for Ulbricht's chances.

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Assessing Botticelli: How’s the Drug Czar Doing?

Since Gil Kerlikowske left his position as Drug Czar, the nation’s War on Drugs has been left in the hands of a gay recovering alcoholic whose main focus is sobriety and treatment. Meet Michael Botticelli.

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Review: 'The Zero Theorem'

Terry Gilliam's latest sci-fi caper, "The Zero Theorum," starring Christoph Waltz and Matt Damon, is a futuristic vision of a world gone more than slightly mad.

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