Briton caught with cocaine faces death in Indonesia

Via CNN:

A British woman could face the death penalty after being found with an estimated $2.6 million worth of cocaine in her luggage by Indonesian authorities.

Lindsay June Sandiford, 55, was found to have blocks of cocaine weighing almost 4.8 kilograms in her suitcase after she arrived on the island of Bali on a Thai Airways flight earlier this month, government officials said.


Drug war news – April 18th, 2012

  • Senatorial candidate Obama disagrees with President Obama’s drug war policy.
  • Jeremy Kolassa: “End DHS, end the NSA, end the ATF, end the DEA, end all that crap. Clear it out. Reboot the government. It might be our only chance to end this madness.”
  • When a rich kid dies of a heroin overdose in Missouri, the dealer gets charged with murder.
  • Drug raid that might have really been a “round up some faggots” raid costs Atlanta taxpayers $3 million.
  • Some documents unsealed re drug raid that resulted in a dead police chief and a murder-suicide.

Strange bedfellows

Critics of the war on drugs are finding their side of the debate a little less lonely due to some new allies:

  • Televangelist Pat Robertson recently saw the light. Regarding marijuana prohibition he said, “We just can’t do it anymore…You don’t lock ‘em up for booze unless they kill somebody on the highway.”
  • “We have realized that the strategy in the fight against drug trafficking in the past 40 years has failed. We have to look for new alternatives,” says Guatemalan President  Oscar Perez Molina. Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, has been even more strident in his opposition to the war on drugs.
  • Billionaire Richard Branson has long opposed drug prohibition, but his recent statements are getting attention. “The prohibition of drugs has worked no better than the prohibition of alcohol, and serves only to empower violent criminal cartels and harm U.S. citizens.”
  • According to reason, a new paper by the chief medical officers of three Canadian provinces states “law and order harshness does nothing to sate appetites for drugs, marijuana in particular is not terribly bad for people, and U.S. policies are just awful so why emulate them?”

Joe Biden remains steadfast in his support for prohibition.

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