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May 11, 2007

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J. Edgar Anslinger

I thought it was odd that the guy said it was an FBI agent's diary because I thought the Treasury Department had jurisdiction over all narcotics investigations back then - there was a division called the Federal Bureau of Narcotics that handled that enforcement. Also, J. Edgar Hoover wanted nothing to do with drug law enforcement because he didn't want his agents to run the risk of being corrupted. And another thing - I went to the FBI's homepage and if you look through the history of the FBI's major cases from back in those days - you don't find many (if any) drug related busts. They focused on gangsters, corruption, bank robbers, etc. I'm not even sure if they had jurisdiction over drug crimes back then - I know it was added for sure in 1982 though.

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