It's been a year since three inmates escaped a private prison in northern Arizona. Since then, many have debated whether private prisons actually save taxpayers money.
Meth has been the number one drug problem in Southern Nevada and much of the Southwest for the last decade. To combat the scourge, new laws have made it harder to buy the ingredients to manufacture the highly addictive drug. But it hasn't done much good: meth traffickers manage to adapt. This is the first story in a two-part series on meth in the Southwest.
Criminal organizations are finding ways to get large quantities of pseudoephedrine from pharmacies to funnel to large meth labs in California. This is the second story in a two-part series on meth in the Southwest.
Drug cartels are taking advantage of the federal effort to beef up border security by corrupting agents of Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency.
Since the attacks on 9/11, many law enforcement agencies have increased surveillance of the Muslim community, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff has chosen a different approach.
In the last five years, Customs and Border Protection has added 10,000 employees to beef up security nationwide. Along with that boost comes more people vulnerable to temptations of corruption.
The ATF is accused of running an operation it called "Fast and Furious" that allowed cartel gun buyers to purchase weapons and take them unhindered into Mexico.
"Clearly the concern is that a weapon, two weapons, were found at the homicide scene where Brian Terry was murdered and that those weapons had been part of Operation Fast and Furious."
Despite some recent reforms, some states say the "Secure Communities" program is making their policing efforts more difficult.
Agents from the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms testified they tried to stop the gun walking program.