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A busted 'war on drugs'

March 01, 2009

Re "730 in U.S. arrested in cartel probe," Feb. 26

The Times' map and article detailing the "success" in busting the Sinaloa drug gang in the United States seem to me to be instead an illustration of the abject failure of our drug policies.

How in God's name can anyone associated with the anti-drug establishment think the fact that a single drug gang from Mexico was able to infiltrate so deeply into our country and operate long enough to amass billions of dollars demonstrates a shining example of the success of the "war on drugs"?

I'm 71 years old and have been hearing about this war my entire adult life. In that time, the only accomplishment has been that many have had lifelong careers fighting drugs. Isn't it about time we tried something different?

Charles Muser

Irvine

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