April 26: Illegal Drugs, Violence and Addiction: In Search of Solutions, a Courtroom Conversation

April 26: Illegal Drugs, Violence and Addiction: In Search of Solutions, a Courtroom Conversation

Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $25 with special discounts for Museum Members
Image courtesy of Ioan Grillo




From Mexican drug cartels to international drug networks, the international drug trade touches everyone. Few of us ever think about where these addictive, destructive substances come from, or how their proliferation affects the people in their countries of origin. This Courtroom Conversation panel discussion will take a hard look at the global and local impact of the international drug trade with an eye on Las Vegas.

Our panel of experts will share first-hand experiences and long-term studies on worldwide drug trafficking and the opioid crisis in the U.S. and around the world. This discussion is about a $30-billion-a-year organized crime industry that spans mountain poppy fields and violent city streets, inhabits luxury condos and prison cells, and functions through synchronized networks in Afghanistan, Turkey, Morocco, Colombia, China, Europe and the United States.

This Courtroom Conversation Panel Discussion will cover topics such as:

  • What is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s current approach to international drug trafficking?
  • Has the meth trade increased with the opioid crackdown?
  • Would a border wall between Mexico and the U.S. be effective in combating the drug trade?
  • What are cartels involved with besides drug trafficking?
  • Which factions are working together, and how are they getting past law enforcement, from the Mexican army to the DEA?
  • What role does Las Vegas play in the international drug trade?

Panelists for this event include international drug trafficking expert Sylvia Longmire, Journalist and Mexico City correspondent Ioan Grillo, Patrick “Rick” Brodsky, assistant special agent in charge FBI Las Vegas Division, and DEA assistant special agent Dan Neill operating here in Las Vegas.

This event will be livestreamed and recorded.

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