- - Friday, April 11, 2014

As a retired detective, I am familiar with our 43-year-old war on drugs and our drug-prohibition policies (“Sheriffs warn of violence from Mexican cartels deep into interior of U.S.,” Web, April 9). After $1 trillion given to my profession to make America “drug-free,” the Drug Enforcement Administration reports that drugs are “readily available” to our youth.

With all due respect to my colleagues who think the Patriot Act would make a difference, that is hogwash. This is a massive smuggling operation, generating billions in profits to the cartels — and it will not be stopped by some gimmick.

What can effectively destroy the cartels is taking the path this country chose in 1933 when it ended Prohibition. End federal prohibition of drugs. Otherwise in 100 years and another $2 trillion, The Washington Times will be publishing the same report.

Who thinks the government can fix stupid?

HOWARD WOOLDRIDGE

Co-founder, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Adamstown, Md.