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USS Stephen W. Groves Scores Interdicts 8.1 Metric Tons of Cocaine
Navy Newsstand ^ | 9/15/2006 12:05:00 PM | USS Stephen W. Groves Public Affairs

Posted on 09/15/2006 11:13:07 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) recently scored her third successful take down of narcotics trafficking vessels in less than two weeks, and assisted in the take down of a fourth, interdicting an estimated 8.1 metric tons of cocaine during a counter-narco terrorism operations (CNT OPS) deployment for U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.

While on patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in early August, Stephen W. Groves took down a “go fast” loaded with an estimated 2.6 metric tons of cocaine and interdicted another “go fast” that was preparing to onload narcotics. “Go fast” vessels are small, multi-engined speedboats commonly used to transport illicit narcotics.

Less than two weeks later, the ship’s crew, along with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (46), Det. 8, and embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 105 interdicted a third “go fast” vessel. Stephen W. Groves was able to close to within a few miles of the “go fast” before being detected and having to give chase. Stephen W. Groves pursued the “go fast” at high speed for the next hour and a half before catching her and detaining her four crew members.

“It is really rare to capture a fully-fuelled 'go-fast' in a flat-out chase,” said Lt. j.g. Scott McCann, LEDET 105 officer in charge. "It is estimated this bust prevented 3 metric tons of cocaine from making it to the United States."

A 26-hour, 750-mile pursuit a few days later resulted in the interdiction of an additional 2.5 metric tons of cocaine and the detention of 10 suspects.

“Only with the precise coordination of everyone involved was the capture of these go-fasts possible,” added Stephen W. Groves’ Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jon Kreitz. “We could not have had these successes without the terrific support of several maritime patrol aircraft and personnel ashore. We’ve had a terrific couple of weeks interdicting over eight tons of cocaine.”

Stephen W. Groves began her six-month counter-drug operations deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility in early April. While deployed, Stephen W. Groves’ crew works with other assets from Joint Interagency Task Force South, the agency responsible for counter-drug operations in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean.

Homeported in Mayport, Fla., Stephen W. Groves is a Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14 ship. During the ship’s deployment, the crew will be patrolling nearly 4 million square nautical miles of water in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.

"This is what I joined the Navy for, for a chance to get out and do what we train for, and for a chance to really make a difference," Quartermaster 2nd Class (SW) Zachary Bullock said. "I know that’s what we’re doing."

For more information on Stephen W. Groves, go to www.groves.navy.mil.

For more information on U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, go to www.cusns.navy.mil.

For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cusns/.


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To: Jeff Head

Obviously DISPROPORTIONATE use of force!!!!! /sarc


51 posted on 09/15/2006 12:29:58 PM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: misterrob
Druggie Libertarians are deeply saddened"

Fool.

52 posted on 09/15/2006 12:30:27 PM PDT by MonroeDNA
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To: AppyPappy
"It will bring the price down huh? Kinda like Cigarettes being legal so the price has come down, right?"

If they were illegal, they would sell for $3 each. Not each pack. Each cigarette.

53 posted on 09/15/2006 12:32:26 PM PDT by MonroeDNA
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To: GingisK
"I'm thinkin that one 3 inch round could have made that chase a lot shorter."

"Nothing smaller than a five inch in use on those frigates these days."

Groves is a FFG-7 (Oliver Hazard Perry) class frigate. She is armed with one 3 inch (76mm) gun. Small but very fast and deadly.
54 posted on 09/15/2006 12:33:14 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

See post #49.

I would not use any drug because it became legal. I believe however, that posters and readers of this site are not a good sample of the US populace. I believe you and I and most that lurk here are more educated, more intelligent and wiser than the average American. I don't mean to be contentious on the matter or seem arrogant, but there are a lot of people in thes country that are currently not users that would run out and try this new legal feel good novelty just because they could and if they liked it, they would find themselves addicted in short order. I think alcohol in this country is a problem. It is entrenched in our culture and it can't be completely stopped. I enjoy it myself sometimes and in college I had my wild days. Had drugs been legal in college and I had consumed anywhere near the amount of alcohol I consumed, I would not be where I am today in life. Of that I am sure. But today I am not an alcoholic. In fact, I might drink once or twice a month for business or date night with my wife.


55 posted on 09/15/2006 12:34:29 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (War Monger...In the name of liberty, let's go to war!!!!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass
Fine:

I had a cousin that started associated with some very heavy marijuana smokers(here is where the libertarians scream it's no worse than alcohol), one night while stoned the car one they were in left the road and took out a tree, my cousin and three other people. Someone I know had his own successful business, for some reason he started smoking crack and lost his business. One of the best plastic surgeons in Nashville, if not the whole country, destroyed his career and a joint practice because of the magic white power.
56 posted on 09/15/2006 12:37:22 PM PDT by sticker
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To: Borders.Language.Beer.
You don't have to be for drug legalization to be troubled by the military doing cop work.

I see it more as fighting a form of chemical warfare by a foreign power. It's a threat to America, whether you like it's legal status or not.

57 posted on 09/15/2006 12:38:06 PM PDT by EricT. (The Democrats have decided it will either be a Democrat led America, or no America at all.)
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To: Paloma_55

Slick Willie's connection just dried up...


58 posted on 09/15/2006 12:38:07 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: navyblue
I remember conducting gun fire support training in Puerto Rico back in '86. I was on a Spruance with two 5" guns that worked on and off. We struggled to get our rounds off but a FFG-7 behind us recked the place with a single 3" Otto Melara. She was firing about 2 rounds per second and hitting everything.
59 posted on 09/15/2006 12:40:07 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: sticker

I don't believe you.

Pot heads do not run off the road. They drive 10 miles an hour in the right lane, IF they drive at all.

I know CEO's who do pot. I know cops who do pot, and lawyers, and doctors.

Pot is a lot safer than alcohol. Potheads do not start fights in a rage (like drunks). Potheads do not cause traffic accidents. Potheads do not beat their wives in a (drunken) rage.

They are guilty of massive cheato ingestion, though.


60 posted on 09/15/2006 12:41:39 PM PDT by MonroeDNA
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To: Tenacious 1

i appreciate your thoughts.

I don't deny that there are people who are curious and would try drugs. I just think the efforts and money fighting the drugs on war is just another wasted venture by the government to make people feel good while obtaining no valid results.

As I written that I never had the need for drugs --though vicodin works wonders if you can't sleep as I found out when I was in the hospital for hernia and another surgery--- I did have a very unique anti drug message in my earlier years coming from a place many on here would never guess. it was from the music/lyrics of straight edge hardcore punk bands.


61 posted on 09/15/2006 12:50:55 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (How to win over terrorist? KILL them with UNKINDNESS.)
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To: MonroeDNA
Will gee I guess I didn't really go to my cousin's funeral and he's not really dead. I get so tired of the same old BS from the legalize drugs crowd. The only thing in the blood system of the driver was THC, so maybe your lucky your stoner buds haven't taken you for a ride
62 posted on 09/15/2006 12:58:16 PM PDT by sticker
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Dang! Sailors have all the fun!


63 posted on 09/15/2006 1:01:40 PM PDT by meandog (While Bush will never fill them, Clinton isn't fit to even lick the soles of Reagan's shoes!)
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To: navyblue
I'm thinkin that one 3 inch round could have made that chase a lot shorter

76-mm on a Frig

64 posted on 09/15/2006 1:02:40 PM PDT by meandog (While Bush will never fill them, Clinton isn't fit to even lick the soles of Reagan's shoes!)
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To: GingisK
Nothing smaller than a five inch in use on those frigates these days.

Dating myself, huh? Well, works for me. I didn't mind those 5" or the 40mm stuff going off near me, but those 3 inch things had an awful"crack" when they went off.

65 posted on 09/15/2006 1:10:34 PM PDT by navyblue (Semper ubi sub ubi)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
To sum up my thoughts in general, I don't want the government interfering with how citizens behave until their behavior destructively interrupts my life. "Your rights end where mine begin." In the same, but opposite respect, I don't believe the government should encourage or subsidize dependent behavior on ANYTHING whether it be welfare or drugs.

As for the "War on Drugs?" To be effective, we would have to raid several countries if we wanted to curb the drug problem in the US. It would be far easier than curbing terrorism. Since Drugs are about supply and demand and personal choice, we can hardly justify our invading south America to kill and destroy drug cartels. Terrorism on the other hand is the imposition of violence on innocents. It is a cause more worthy. I don't believe the answer to curbing illicit use of narcotics is to give up and make it legal. It is a cop-out.
66 posted on 09/15/2006 1:12:19 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (War Monger...In the name of liberty, let's go to war!!!!)
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To: LetsRok

I'm not totally against the idea.

However, I say "Remove the crew from the boat (and imprison them) and as long as it's not in an area of frequent shipping (deep enough water), sink it with the cargo on board."

Film the seizure on tape as well as the naval gunfire that sinks the ship. Make sure the video gets sent to youtube.com, the MSM, etc.


67 posted on 09/15/2006 1:13:08 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Piracy on the High Seas AND a violation of the "Posse Comitatus" Act.

I know, I know. Since it was passed no one has ever been prosecuted under the Posse Comitatus act.

68 posted on 09/15/2006 1:15:14 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (USAF Air Rescue "That others may live.")
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To: meandog
76-mm on a Frig

Okay. But at 25.4 mm to an inch, I'll take that as a 3 inch gun.

You say to-may-toe and I say to-mah-toe. Damn metric stuph!

69 posted on 09/15/2006 1:20:07 PM PDT by navyblue (Semper ubi sub ubi)
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To: navyblue
Dating myself, huh?

Not necessarily. There are several postings that indicate I am in error. My son is currently serving in the Navy; and, he did indicate that his ship was refitted with 5" guns. They will eventually refit those with 155mm so the same ammo can be shared with the army and Marines.

He grinched when they pulled the .50 cals off the mounts, but was delighted with the 30mm gatling guns that replaced them. (Except that they don't get to practice with the gatling guns much .... and they are truely noisy.)

Myself, well, I wish the New Jersey were still in service. I like really big stuff. ;-D

I was an army puke.

70 posted on 09/15/2006 2:59:13 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: ryan71
She is armed with one 3 inch (76mm) gun. Small but very fast and deadly.

She's sleek and sexy, really. Thanks for the correction.

71 posted on 09/15/2006 3:00:34 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: MonroeDNA

I call BS.


72 posted on 09/15/2006 3:04:20 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
But, we never learn from what we experienced from Prohibition.

Sure we did, things like:

Don't pick on really popular intoxicating drugs of abuse like alcohol, no matter how damaging.

Bigger prisons make more jobs even after a depression.

Don't bother getting Constitutional authorization for it.
73 posted on 09/15/2006 3:13:41 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: Tenacious 1
If three good decision makers made bad decisions and ruined their lives

You understand the failed logic of your statement? It is neither valid nor true.

I also fail to accept that increased availability would have a significant increase in the number of users. Obviously you have 3 friends who had access. Should you have been so inclined, you would have had access, too.

I would also point out that most decriminalizers feel that society should provide some help for addicts instead of jail time.
74 posted on 09/15/2006 3:15:36 PM PDT by dyed_in_the_wool ("O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends" - Koran 5.51)
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To: Owl_Eagle
[ Seems like more trouble than its worth, smuggling cocaine across the ocean. It'd be a whole lot easier just to get some illegal to carry it across the border. ]

Exactely... Eighteen wheeler loads of many things including cocaine across the border.. Wonder what a border patrolman costs these days along a 2000 mile border..

75 posted on 09/15/2006 3:45:00 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole.)
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To: MonroeDNA

Wrong Mr Naive, most potheads are into alot more than just pot. I know, I was one. Good work Sailors!

Pray for W and Our Troops


76 posted on 09/15/2006 3:52:00 PM PDT by bray (Voting for the Rats is a Deathwish)
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To: CholeraJoe
Piracy on the High Seas AND a violation of the "Posse Comitatus" Act.

Neither, and any jackass that would accuse the United States Navy of that should be ashamed of his horrendous ignorance and.

77 posted on 09/15/2006 3:58:05 PM PDT by EricT. (The Democrats have decided it will either be a Democrat led America, or no America at all.)
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To: misterrob
Libertarians? Don't you mean dealers and users? Now that there are some responses from them, we can see it's the same slogans. Success is failure, failure is failure, and status quo is failure.

Congratulations to the USN on a great bust.

78 posted on 09/15/2006 4:03:11 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
But, we never learn from what we experienced from Prohibition.

What Prohibition? Possession was legal. Doctors could prescribe whiskey as "medicine." Low alcohol beer was legal. Law enforcement officers couldn't enter establishments that were serving it. It was Prohibition in name only.

79 posted on 09/15/2006 4:12:08 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
evidence in countries that have legalized drugs show no increase in addicts.

Please move to one of those countries where you'll be happy.

80 posted on 09/15/2006 4:13:47 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

If you're collecting money for his plane ticket, I'll help out. Good response.


81 posted on 09/15/2006 6:44:20 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: ryan71
TO CLEAR UP A MISCONCEPTION

For those who are outraged at the Navy for this action you can rest easy...the Navy didn't make the bust. In fact, it would have been illegal for the U.S. Navy to make the bust.

Once the suspect vessel was detected, operational control of the ship was turned over to the senior member of the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment; in this case LTJG McCann. At that point the ship was operating under the control and jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard. Once the bust was completed operational control of the ship was returned to the U.S. Navy.

I always loved LEDET cruises and the Navy crews enjoy them as well...a great use of available resources. The only folks I ever met who didn't much like the arrangement were the dopers.

82 posted on 09/15/2006 6:58:34 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: sticker
Sorry for your loss.

I saw, with my own eyes, dozens of people use drugs of various kinds recreationally on a pretty regular basis for a number of years while in college. None ended up in rehab or dead, all seemed to realize that eventually the fun would end and real life would take precedence. Of course, these were mostly good students, with plans for the future.

I would never say that drugs are harmless, and that no one messes up their life with drugs being the primary instrument. But it seems to me that people drive off the road and ruin their careers/family life with a variety of tools. From my experience, it's the judgment, maturity and character of the individual in question that determines the outcome.

And while I believe, philosophically, that drugs should be legalized, I'm not exactly losing any sleep because they aren't

83 posted on 09/15/2006 7:47:26 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: CWOJackson

"I always loved LEDET cruises and the Navy crews enjoy them as well"

Yep. Great liberty ports in the Caribbean. Then Fort Lauderdale on the way back North.


84 posted on 09/16/2006 4:18:41 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: Moonman62
Possession was legal.

Manufacture, sale, and transportation were illegal ... that's plenty of prohibition.

Doctors could prescribe whiskey as "medicine."

Doctors can prescribe cocaine and opiates. Does that prove there's no real War on Drugs?

Low alcohol beer was legal. Law enforcement officers couldn't enter establishments that were serving it.

Not even with probable cause? Have any evidence for that claim?

85 posted on 09/16/2006 2:29:50 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Moonman62; ryan71
evidence in countries that have legalized drugs show no increase in addicts.

Please move to one of those countries where you'll be happy.

Please move to a tough-on-drugs country like China or Iran (whihc still have significant addiction problems).

86 posted on 09/16/2006 2:31:45 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Moonman62
Success is failure

An expensive drop in the bucket is failure in my book.

87 posted on 09/16/2006 2:32:48 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Tenacious 1
As for the "War on Drugs?" To be effective, we would have to raid several countries if we wanted to curb the drug problem in the US. [...] Since Drugs are about supply and demand and personal choice, we can hardly justify our invading south America to kill and destroy drug cartels. [...] I don't believe the answer to curbing illicit use of narcotics is to give up and make it legal.

Since you (rightly) rule out what you say is the only effective course, what is the alternative to continuing to futilely spend tens of billions of taxpayer dollars every year (and directing inflated profits into criminal and terrorist hands)?

88 posted on 09/16/2006 2:37:15 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: sticker
The only thing in the blood system of the driver was THC

Drunk drivers kill people ... should we ban alcohol (again)?

89 posted on 09/16/2006 2:38:41 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: EricT.
I see it more as fighting a form of chemical warfare by a foreign power.

They're stuffing drugs into unwilling American orifices?

90 posted on 09/16/2006 2:40:32 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Tenacious 1
But today I am not an alcoholic. In fact, I might drink once or twice a month for business or date night with my wife.

And since marijuana is less addictive than alcohol, its legality then wouldn't have made you a pothead today either.

91 posted on 09/16/2006 2:43:05 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Know your rights; MAD-AS-HELL
Please move to a tough-on-drugs country like China or Iran (whihc still have significant addiction problems).

MAD-AS-HELL disagrees with you.

92 posted on 09/16/2006 3:12:44 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62; MAD-AS-HELL
About what? Where's your evidence that he does? And where's his evidence that I'm wrong?
93 posted on 09/16/2006 3:14:02 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Know your rights
Manufacture, sale, and transportation were illegal ... that's plenty of prohibition.

No it's not, which is why the Libertarians and pot addicts want the same loopholes in order to break the prohibition on pot.

94 posted on 09/16/2006 3:15:12 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Know your rights

Stop playing an idiot. You're too convincing. Go back to post #21. You drug advocates can't have it both ways.


95 posted on 09/16/2006 3:17:21 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62
Manufacture, sale, and transportation were illegal ... that's plenty of prohibition.

No it's not

Your denial of the obvious is as laughable as your contempt for liberty is nauseating.

96 posted on 09/16/2006 3:17:54 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Moonman62
Go back to post #21.

Learn to read. That post has no bearing on my statement.

97 posted on 09/16/2006 3:19:17 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Seems like more trouble than its worth, smuggling cocaine across the ocean

Not at the prices it will sell for while it is banned. I expect to see submarines soon if not already.

98 posted on 09/16/2006 3:23:41 PM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: All
My wife's nephew is 20 years old and totally messed up on coke,crack and heroin. He is currently in the hospital under suicide watch. This kid just sucks the life out of anyone he comes in contact with. The things he says to his mother is unbelievable. She is a wreck. Send all this cocaine crap to the bottom of the ocean along with the boats crew. This sh!t is EVIL!
99 posted on 09/16/2006 3:25:36 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: Know your rights
Have you noticed that a lot of employers are requiring a hair sample for drug testing now?
Even though it is more expensive, the consensus is that a longer 'look' is needed at applicants.
It is the experience of employers that drug users have higher rates of Work Comp claims, absenteeism, property getting lost or stolen, and generally poor performance.
So folks who are in business and have to fight to stay in the game think the druggie crowd is not worth hiring.
As a free market is king amongst conservatives, does this give you a clue?
100 posted on 09/16/2006 3:27:52 PM PDT by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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