Illegal drugs smuggled into U.S. every day
Published: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2009 17:09
Likening drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border to immigration, Marshall Lloyd, criminal justice coordinator, said Tuesday, "If we can stop people from coming into the United States, why can't we stop drugs from coming in?"
Lloyd spoke during the Hot Potato lecture at the Methodist Student Center.
Fifty-seven students attended the presentation on the Mexican drug wars to hear Lloyd explain where the drugs are coming from, who is distributing them and what the United States is doing about it.
Marijuana has been decriminalized for medical use in 13 U.S. states, which allows doctors to prescribe its use for an individual who has a possession limit ID, he said.
Mexico allows individuals to carry up to 3 grams legally, Lloyd said. Those carrying more than that amount can be passed out of the system by admitting they are addicted in front of a judge and receiving treatment.
Lloyd explained how drugs pass by every day, and most Americans don't even notice because of the variety of methods used.
w Lloyd also pointed out how the United States spends about $110 million annually to patrol the border, yet people still get across illegally. "We spend this much to stop drugs from arriving in the U.S. and yet we watch the cameras saying, ‘Oh, there goes another guy and another one.' What exactly did we pay for if this is happening?"
After the presentation, several students shared their thoughts.
"It was good and informative," said education sophomore Nate Valez. "I thought it was crazy how in Mexico you can be allowed to carry so much marijuana without getting a ticket — that was really shocking for me to hear."
Graphic design sophomore Margarita Kimbreogh said she was surprised when she heard the same thing. "I thought it was going to be like in Amsterdam where kids would go to Mexico and smoke whenever they wanted, but I was actually surprised that there was a catch to it."
The next lecture in the series, "Illegal Christianity: Immigration law and Christian Moral Teaching," will be at noon Tuesday at the Methodist Student Center, 102 Belknap Palace. For more information, call 733-1441.