- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Garrison Courtney said the arrest of 755 people last week made a “dent” in the drug trade (“100,000 foot soldiers in cartels,” Page 1, Tuesday). As a Michigan police officer for 18 years, I too made a “dent” from time to time. Of course, all of us in law enforcement know that the dent is repaired within a few days as new drug dealers and mules take the place of those arrested or shot. This process has been going on for about 40 years.

I applaud The Washington Times for publishing so many articles about Mexico’s drug cartels as a growing problem and potential crisis. Sadly, you have never discussed a common-sense, guaranteed solution - namely, dealing the Mexican cartels a death blow by ending modern prohibition.

At a minimum, your readers deserve articles demonstrating that the benefits and advantages of ending the prohibition approach to dangerous drugs are so great they overwhelm the known disadvantages. Ending the prohibition approach would prevent dangerous drugs from funding the Taliban, causing a large percentage of felony crime, fueling the growth of violent gangs and requiring massive spending on prisons.

HOWARD J. WOOLDRIDGE

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Washington

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