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• Number of U.S. homes and businesses raided Feb. 24, 2003, under the Operation Pipe Dreams crackdown on paraphernalia sales: 100-plus. (Source: The New

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• Number of U.S. homes and businesses raided Feb. 24, 2003, under the Operation Pipe Dreams crackdown on paraphernalia sales: 100-plus. (Source: The New York Times).

• Number of armed law enforcement agents who raided Tommy Chong’s home through Operation Pipe Dreams: More than 24. (Source: LA Weekly).

• Chong’s age on the day of the raid: 65.

• Number of people, including Chong, charged through Operation Pipe Dreams with illegally selling bongs: 55. (Source: The New York Times).

• Number of bong companies ever owned by Chong: 0. (Source: Los Angeles Times).

• Number of Operation Pipe Dreams defendants, besides Chong, who ultimately served prison time: 0. (Source: The New York Times)

• Number of times Chong was arrested prior to Feb. 24, 2003: 0. (Source: The New York Times)

• Number of months Chong served in federal prison as a result of Operation Pipe Dreams: 9. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

• Amount of money (in dollars) Chong was ordered to pay in fines and forfeitures in 2003: 123,000. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice).

• Money (in dollars) a contractor for the Oak Ridge nuclear power plant in Tennessee was ordered to pay in 2003 for repeated safety violations: 123,000. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy).

• Taxpayer cost (in millions) of Operation Pipe Dreams: 12. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice).

• Taxpayer cost (in millions) of cleaning up toxic Superfund site in Newburgh, New Jersey: 12. (Source: U.S. EPA).

• Federal drug-enforcement spending (in dollars) in 1969: 65 million. (Source: Dan Baum, Smoke and Mirrors).

• Federal drug-enforcement spending in 1974:  719 million. (Source: Baum).

• Federal drug-enforcement spending in 1981:  2 billion. (Source: Lock, Timberlake and Rasinksi, Battle Fatigue).

• Federal drug enforcement spending in 2001:  15 billion. (Source: Lock, Timberlake and Rasinski).

• Estimated drug enforcement spending in 2008:  22 billion. (Source: Common Sense for Drug Policy).

• Ratio of drug law enforcement spending versus treatment and prevention spending in 2008: 2-1. (Source: U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, or ONDCP).

• DEA budget (in dollars) in 2007: 1.684 billion.

• DEA budget for 2008: 1.803 billion.

• Organized Crime and Drug Task Force budget (in dollars) in 2007: 485 million. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice).

• Organized Crime and Drug Task Force budget in 2008: 509 million. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice).

• Percentage of budget cuts for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention from 2007 to 2008: 20. (Source: ONDCP).

• 2007 federal budget (in dollars) for state grants under the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act: 346.5 million. (Source: ONDCP).

• 2009 federal budget for state grants under the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act: 100 million. (Source: ONDCP).

• U.S. funding for anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan in 2007: 297 million. (Source: ONDCP).

• U.S. funding for anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan in 2008: 328 million. (Source: ONDCP).