Hundreds of Albanian police, backed by armored vehicles, stormed the southern village of Lazarat June 16 after cannabis growers apparently fired machine-guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at officers sent in on a drug raid.
Mexico's government on May 10 started to swear in members of the "community police" vigilante network in Michoacán state for a new rural police force, which is supposed to bring the self-defense militias under state control.
The American drug war has killed again. This time claiming the life of a young Wisconsin man suspected of dealing methamphetamine -- making him the 13th citizen this year to die by the hands of drug enforcement agents.
On March 27 coca-growers in Bolivia's lowland jungle town of Yapacaní clashed with police in a protest against the construction of a new base of Mobile Rural Patrol Unity (UMPOAR), the hated coca-eradication force.
Just weeks after the Mexican government signed an accord with the "community police" vigilante network in Michoacán, ostensibly bringing the anti-narco militias under control of the armed forces, it is looking more and more like they have been transformed...