History on the War on Drugs Essay

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October 26, 2010
History of the War on Drugs The war on drugs has been an ongoing fight that many presidents and foreign allegiances have tried to stop the trafficking, distribution and use of illegal drugs into the United States and around the world. Policy and laws have been created and maintained and changed to try and prevent illegal drugs being made in other countries as well as the United States and from being brought across the borders into the United States. The punishment for the drug traffickers and users has been an issue with the campaign to stop illegal drug use and trafficking. Through the United States history the president’s and their administration have been focusing on how to deal with the war on drugs
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The bill also creates mandatory minimum penalties for drug offenders, which are increased criticism about racial disparities in the prison population because of the different sentencing for which drug the offender had on them at the time of their arrest. For example possession of crack, which is cheaper, resulted in a harsher sentence than having cocaine (Brown). Astonishingly in May 1987, the Colombian Supreme Court ruled by a vote to annul the extradition treaty with the U.S. because of the personal threats the Supreme Court members received from cartel members in Colombia (NPR). In 1989 President George H.W. Bush created the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives to eradicate illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences in the U.S (NPR). That same year in December the U.S. invaded Panama to help end the drug trafficking coming from there.
General Manuel Noriega surrendered to the DEA on January 3, 1990 and was sent to Miami the next day. In 1992 Noriega was convicted on eight counts of drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering and was sentenced to 40 years in prison (Frontline). In 1991 Colombian’s assemble with its new constitution to ban any extradition. Pablo Escobar surrenders to the Colombian police that same day. He is confined in a private luxury prison though reports suggest that he traveled in and

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