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Elderly woman hospitalized after drug agents show up

Thursday, May 13, 2010 8:53 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 1, 2010 7:54 PM
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CEDARTOWN, Ga. - The daughter of a 76-year-old woman says her mother is hospitalized with a heart attack she suffered after drug agents who had the wrong address swarmed around her Polk County home.

Machelle Holl says her mother, Helen Pruett, became upset after she heard someone beating on her back door and when she went to answer it, the agents were beating on her front door and kitchen window.

Holl says her mother eventually let the officers in and they realized they had the wrong address for their arrest warrants.
Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd says the woman told them she was having chest pains and they called an ambulance.

Police say they wound up making seven arrests elsewhere. Federal officials say they're trying to determione how the mix-up happened.

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lsmith
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lsmith 05/13/10 - 08:06 am
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The war on drugs: The longest
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The war on drugs: The longest fought and most expensive war the United States has ever fought. Sadly, it's a war that cannot be won but will continue to drain our treasury, enrich the treasury of foreign countries paid to participate and imprison more United States citizens than violent crime. So sad.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 05/13/10 - 09:02 am
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It must be frustrating to be

It must be frustrating to be so wrong, lsmith.

fd1962
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fd1962 05/13/10 - 09:25 am
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You certainly got that RIGHT,
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You certainly got that RIGHT, lsmith. War on Drugs is nothing but a corrupt, power-hungry bureaucratic nightmare, whose only mission is to grow and self-perpetuate their scourge. The LAST event they ever want to manage is a solution to the drug problem, which would end their gravy-train.

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Riverman1 05/13/10 - 09:31 am
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Ditto, Lsmith. We spend

Ditto, Lsmith. We spend billions of dollars and create a business of trying to stop drug use and keeping users in prison with no effect. Spend a fraction of the money on education and have much better results.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 05/13/10 - 10:03 am
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Just because you can't win

Just because you can't win the good fight doesnt mean you pack up your bags and quit - when will people learn this? It doesn't matter if its a war that cannot have a clear victory, you can't just stop and let it go unchecked completely. Be realistic people, instead of armchair presidents.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 05/13/10 - 10:09 am
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I wouldn't want to be the one

I wouldn't want to be the one responsible for providing the wrong address....

happychimer
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happychimer 05/13/10 - 11:33 am
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If the druggies were allowed

If the druggies were allowed to get all the drugs they wanted, then what would happen? The druggies would drug themselves to death, and that would weed out most of the criminals. Just a thought....

justus4
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justus4 05/13/10 - 12:04 pm
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Remember the Constitution?
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Remember the Constitution? There are some specifics in there that guard against such invasions, but watch what happens. We've been there before and the po po will not be charged. They will not be punished for such a reckless mistake. They will make excuses all the live the long day and all the while this poor woman suffers at the hand of her own government. And some are always yapping about Communism, but hide in corners when such violations occur. Great country, eh?

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 05/13/10 - 12:04 pm
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And that thought is quite

And that thought is quite silly. You simply cannot stop enforcement of some fashion from attempting to keep law and order. Do any of you have just the most vague what would happen if we just up and allowed all forms of drug use to be legal? Or even pulled every last one of our troops from all corners of the globe back to the USA? That would be insane.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/13/10 - 12:27 pm
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There was no invasion justus.

There was no invasion justus. They knocked on the doors and were granted access by the home occupant. Read and comprehend.

lsmith you are wholly correct. The War on Drugs is an abject failure similar to the War on Poverty. They are prime examples of the ignorance, inefficiency, and waste of the federal government.

Dukedirtbag
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Dukedirtbag 05/13/10 - 12:27 pm
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the lessons of history again

the lessons of history again are ignored..Prohibition....what a success..

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 05/13/10 - 12:48 pm
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Yea because beer makes you

Yea because beer makes you act the same as meth or crack. I could understand about the Mary J - but seriously, come'on.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/10 - 01:54 pm
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The fact is drug use has not

The fact is drug use has not decreased with the mega billions spent trying to stop it. Let's try something else. Educate and treat addicts. A larger percentage of crime is by addicts trying to get money for illegal drugs. No one hates drugs more than I do, but criminalizing addicts doesn't work.

reader54
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reader54 05/13/10 - 04:34 pm
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When the drug cartels

When the drug cartels escalate the violence that has already began on our side of the border, then some of you diehards may see the error of your thinking. Anybody that wants to use drugs has no problem finding them now. If the gov't was concerned about lives, tobacco would be illegal. The marijuana laws are purely political.

reader54
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reader54 05/13/10 - 06:03 pm
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This article was just

This article was just released. By MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press Writer Martha Mendoza, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 35 mins ago
MEXICO CITY – After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked.

"In the grand scheme, it has not been successful," Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. "Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified."

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 05/13/10 - 06:05 pm
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Legalize pot, ok. But can you

Legalize pot, ok. But can you seriously say the world would be a better place if we legalize heroin, meth, crack, coke, PCP and all the others? Stupid.

reader54
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reader54 05/13/10 - 06:07 pm
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Using Freedom of Information

Using Freedom of Information Act requests, archival records, federal budgets and dozens of interviews with leaders and analysts, the AP tracked where that money went, and found that the United States repeatedly increased budgets for programs that did little to stop the flow of drugs. In 40 years, taxpayers spent more than:

• $20 billion to fight the drug gangs in their home countries. In Colombia, for example, the United States spent more than $6 billion, while coca cultivation increased and trafficking moved to Mexico — and the violence along with it.

• $33 billion in marketing "Just Say No"-style messages to America's youth and other prevention programs. High school students report the same rates of illegal drug use as they did in 1970, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drug overdoses have "risen steadily" since the early 1970s to more than 20,000 last year.

• $49 billion for law enforcement along America's borders to cut off the flow of illegal drugs. This year, 25 million Americans will snort, swallow, inject and smoke illicit drugs, about 10 million more than in 1970, with the bulk of those drugs imported from Mexico.

• $121 billion to arrest more than 37 million nonviolent drug offenders, about 10 million of them for possession of marijuana. Studies show that jail time tends to increase drug abuse.

• $450 billion to lock those people up in federal prisons alone. Last year, half of all federal prisoners in the U.S. were serving sentences for drug offenses.

reader54
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reader54 05/13/10 - 06:10 pm
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Just how much of that

Just how much of that $1,000,000,000,000 has ended up in corrupt politician's Swiss accts.?

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