border to border http://kplu.org en Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts http://kplu.org/post/drug-cartels-thrive-ultimate-consumers-addicts <p><em>Editor's Note:&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Drug traffickers are doing big business up and down the West Coast. When you go by freeway, you’re driving a Silk Road of sorts for heroin, meth, and cocaine. This export industry is evolving. Drug experts say heroin is back on the rise, fueled in part by prescription drug abuse. </span></em></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">This week, in a series we call Border to Border Drugs, we’re reporting on drug-trafficking rings that rely on every freeway in the West. In part two of the series, correspondent Chris Lehman reports on how the supply side of this business may change, but the demand remains strong.</span></em></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">---</span></em></p><p>Heavy-duty prescription painkillers have something in common with heroin. They're both opiates, and the effect they have on people who get hooked is similar. One difference? Heroin is usually cheaper and easier to get. That was true for Portlander Kevin Lehl. He says he got hooked as a teen when he was prescribed opiates to treat chronic pain.</p><p>"I was in love with it from the very beginning,” Lehl said.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:01:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 10056 at http://kplu.org Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts Drugs, Guns, and Money: Anatomy of a West Coast Trafficking Ring http://kplu.org/post/drugs-guns-and-money-anatomy-west-coast-trafficking-ring <p><em>Editor’s Note: Mexican drug cartels operate an illicit export business that depends on freeways that run from California and Arizona to Canada. If you drive these freeways, chances are you’ve passed a car or truck secretly holding a cargo of heroin, meth, or cocaine.</em></p><p><em>This week we’ll take you inside the world of drug-trafficking, an illegal business that touches every city, every small town in every state in the west. In the first part of our series Border to Border Drugs, correspondent Austin Jenkins introduces us to a smuggling ring that operated from Arizona to Washington state.</em></p><p>---</p><p>On Jan. 21, 2012 at 8:37 in the evening, federal agents intercepted a phone call. It was between a man named Victor Berrelleza-Verduzco and one of his associates, Jose.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:07:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10055 at http://kplu.org Drugs, Guns, and Money: Anatomy of a West Coast Trafficking Ring