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Shot of the Day: What America’s War on Drugs Looked Like in 1969

Not all that much has changed.

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The photos from this 1969 essay in LIFE magazine are a stark reminder that the war on drugs is nothing new. Many of the pictures, by Co Rentmeseter, never ran in the magazine. The scenes, however, reveal the Nixon administration’s anti-drug smuggling effort, “Operation Intercept,” along the US-Mexican border.