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Raced in many NHRA-sponsored events, this dragster was purchased and operated by Austin, Texas-based drug trafficker Joe Fuentes with money made from smuggling cocaine and marijuana throughout Texas.
Supporting a racing habit
Raced in many NHRA-sponsored events, this dragster was purchased and operated by Austin, Texas-based drug trafficker Joe Fuentes with money made from smuggling cocaine and marijuana throughout Texas. The dragster was seized in March of 2001 after an investigation of the trafficking group that was responsible for the distribution of multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana since 1999.

X-ray machines looking for drugs in a semi-truck.
Looking for drug trafficking at the U.S. border
Drug traffickers use the thousands of miles of border between the United States and Mexico and Canada to bring many tons of illegal drugs into this country. Devices like this one are setup at major border crossings to X-ray vehicles driving into the country.

DEA agent in the jungle of Peru.
DEA agent in the jungle of Peru
From 1987 to 1995, DEA agents were dispatched to the jungles of Peru and Bolivia to work with local authorities to destroy cocaine-producing laboratories deep in South America. More than 250 agents were assigned to Operation Snowcap. Special training and equipment was required for these unique land operations.

DEA on the Land
Since the earliest days of trade and interstate commerce, substances touted as mind-altering substances and medicines have been exchanged between populations. Opium and Hashish are products that have been traded since 3,400 B.C. between the Sumerians and the Assyrians. The ancient goddess of opium was a prominent figure in Greece in the 14th century B.C. With the trade of these goods came the establishments of trading routes that often spanned continents.

The establishment of European colonies and the immigration of millions of people into North America in the 17th and 18th centuries also brought the creation of trading routes that are still followed in many cases by modern drug trafficking routes.

In addition to the trafficking of drugs into and within this country, different drugs have taken hold in different urban and rural settings across the U.S. Methamphetamine has long been a problem in rural middle America, while heroin and crack have devastated inner cities. Ecstasy and other predatory drugs, relatively new phenomenon in drug abuse, have taken root in well-off suburban communities. One constant in the struggle against these drugs has been the need to target their elimination as substances of abuse across the land.

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