Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies. Their experience on the front lines of the “war on drugs” has led them to call for a repeal of prohibition and its replacement with a tight system of legalized regulation, which will effectively cripple the violent cartels and street dealers who control the current illegal market.
Tonight, Mike and Mark have a thorough discussion with two seasoned law enforcement and intelligence professionals about the war on drugs and what its’ cost us. You do NOT want to miss this one.
About the guests:
From 1998 to 2011, Sean Dunagan served as an intelligence research specialist for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Over the course of his career within the DEA, he participated in dozens of federal drug investigations during tours of duty in Florida and Pennsylvania as well as internationally in Mexico and Guatemala.
From a law enforcement family where his father was the town police chief, Sean always knew he wanted to go into public service and to make a positive contribution to people’s lives. Within his first few years with the DEA, however, he began to doubt the efficacy of the drug war. It was during his time in Guatemala that he truly started to understand the grave effects of prohibition.
Sean holds a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Flagler College and a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University. He lives with his wife and four children in Washington, DC and works at a government accountability organization.
Russ Jones has been involved in the “War on Drugs” on various fronts for 30 years. For 10 of those years Russ worked as a San Jose, California narcotics detective. Later he was assigned to a DEA-run task force. As a government intelligence agent, Russ worked in Latin America observing narcotics trafficking during the Nicaragua-Contra conflict. In academia, he conducted studies of the impact of drug abuse on the crime index, wrote training programs for identifying the psychological and physiological symptoms of narcotics use, and developed rehabilitation programs designed specifically for the court-mandated client. He has traveled throughout the former Soviet Union and China to study their drug problems and policies. In the field of drug rehabilitation, Russ implemented and taught courses for various California and Texas counties, as well as for privately run programs. Russ is a court-recognized expert (on both the federal and state levels) in the field of narcotics enforcement.
His journey to the Soviet Union made it clear to Russ that the “War on Drugs” cannot be won. “Drugs were prevalent even behind the Iron Curtain,” he reports. “If a country, as controlling of its citizens as the Soviet Union was, still had such a large a problem – drug-dealing on Moscow street corners, meth labs in Leningrad – how could a free society such as ours handle the problem from a law-enforcement perspective?”