The number of wiretaps secured in federal criminal investigations jumped 71 percent in 2012 over the previous year, according to newly released figures.
Federal courts authorized 1,354 interception orders for wire, oral and electronic communications, up from 792 the previous year, according to the figures, released Friday by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. There was a 5 percent increase in state and local use of wiretaps in the same period.
Marijuana accounted for 99.5 percent of Border Patrol drug seizures by weight at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2011, according to an analysis by Center for Investigative Reporting in California, which compiled the information into to an interactive map on its website.
The Border Patrol seized at least 1.9 million pounds of marijuana on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2011. Second place goes to cocaine, with just 7,461 pounds seized.
Of the 113,664 thousands drug seizures analyzed by the Center for Investigative Reporting from 2005 to 2011, nearly 89 percent involved marijuana. Cocaine trailed far behind, with just 7.4 percent.
Government could save $13.7 Billion Per Year by legalizing Marijuana, according to Economist.
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