Zullo, Robert 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 US PA: Ex-Officer: War On Drugs 'Far Worse' Than A FailureFri, 07 Feb 2014
Source:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Author:Zullo, Robert Area:Pennsylvania Lines:96 Added:02/07/2014

The war on drugs, Jack Cole said, has been "far worse" than a failure.

Speaking to about 75 students Thursday afternoon at Slippery Rock University, Mr. Cole, a retired New Jersey State Police narcotics detective and a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, called it "a self-perpetuating and constantly expanding policy disaster."

Mr. Cole, who will be speaking in Pittsburgh at noon today at the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh's Northside, 701 N. Point Drive, said 43 years of drug prohibition, millions of arrests and an estimated $1 trillion spent on law enforcement and incarceration have failed to put a dent in drug supplies or their purity, price and rate of use or the explosion in associated crime.

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2 US LA: Coroner: Suspect Choked To DeathWed, 28 Dec 2011
Source:Courier, The (LA) Author:Zullo, Robert Area:Louisiana Lines:86 Added:12/28/2011

A 27-year-old man who died after a drug stop in Houma Thursday night choked to death after trying to swallow plastic bags of suspected cocaine, marijuana and heroin, according to preliminary results from an autopsy performed Monday.

Gary Alford, an investigator with the Terrebonne Coroner's Office, said the autopsy results for Wayne Michael Williams of Houma are not yet final pending toxicology tests that take several weeks to complete.

"The primary cause is going to be asphyxiation," Alford said. "His drug levels might be very high if one of those bags broke. So that could be a contributing factor also. We're going to have to wait and see."

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