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Mexican Presidential Candidate Says Ruling Party Tied to Drug Trade

Vincente Fox, the presidential candidate of the right-of-center National Action Party charged in an interview with Reuters News Service that the ruling RPI party is in league with drug cartels. "They have negotiated with the narcos, and many PRI members have been jailed for being narcos," said Fox. "It's very naive to think that a president of the republic belonging to the Institutional Revolutionary Party will sort out drug trafficking."

Iowa House Votes to Ban Paraphernalia

The Iowa House of Representatives voted 84-7 last week to create a criminal offense for the possession of a wide variety of items it terms drug paraphernalia. Rep. Bill Dotzler (D-Waterloo), who opposed the measure -- which does not require the presence of any drug residue -- as being far too broad, told colleagues, "I've got enough objects on my desk that I could be busted right now. This bill is so general that I don't think there's a household item that you couldn't claim to be drug paraphernalia." But Rep. Clel Baudler, (R-Greenfield) spoke for the majority of legislators, saying "Folks, we're in a drug war, and (this bill) will give officers in the front line a tool in this fight."

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