Narco News: Mexican Federal Police Chief Calls for Legalization, Bush Adds Another Half Billion to Colombia Fire 3/16/01

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Other important news this week brought to our attention by Al Giordano and Narco News:

Miguel Angel de la Torre, Director of Technical Support for the Federal Preventive Police, told the Notimex News Agency in Mexico City that he supports legalization of all drugs as "the only possible solution... to combat narco-trafficking." De la Torre told Notimex "corrupting power that the narco [traffic] generates is tremendous and in the consumer arena of money it is more important than the moral principles that the drug laws instill."

http://www.narconews.com/pfp1.html

President Bush has budgeted another $550 million to Plan Colombia, plans to "regionalize" it. Plan Colombia's new name: "The Andean Initiative."

http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/LatinAmerica/03_13_01PlanColombia.html

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