Seven families have a significant problem-- one family because a family member was murdered and 6 boys from other families who participated in "mobbing" which led to murder. All families have had their lives irrevocably changed. The prosecutor, Callaway, described the awful actions of the boys this way, "I think that in their minds, they had this 'Grand Theft Auto'(perception)," referring to the violent video game.
Cartels in Mexico earn billions in profits as they traffic drugs throughout not only this country but several others. The cartels are comparable in size and reach to an international corporation; law enforcement’s best efforts find difficulty in keeping track of them. Many families in New Mexico have been affected by illicit drug use. The ABQ Journal began a 6-part investigative series on the criminal enterprise causing havoc across the country.
It isn’t strange that we post an opinion piece on "Drugs" in our Family section. The use of illicit drugs is destroying many New Mexico families. It has been reported that Espanola has one of the nation's highest per-capita heroin uses. In the January 7th edition of the Albuquerque Journal former NM House member Dick Minzner suggests, what should be obvious to all, that we are not winning the War on Drugs. He suggests another way forward.
New Mexico leads the nation in percentage of young kids on food stamps, according to an Albuquerque Journal article by Rick Nathanson published on Oct. 18, 2016. NM has highest percentage of young children on food stamps.