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NCJ Number: 62884 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: MEXICAN CONNECTION - HEARINGS BEFORE THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, 95TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION, FEBRUARY 10 AND APRIL 19, 1978
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Cmtte on the Judiciary
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 371
Sponsoring Agency: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TESTIMONY IS GIVEN BEFORE THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY REGARDING CURRENT LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS TO REDUCE ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKING AT ITS SOURCE AND AT THE MEXICAN BORDER.
Abstract: IN OPENING THE HEARING (FEBRUARY 10 AND APRIL 19, 1978) THE CHAIRMAN NOTED THAT SINCE THE EARLY 1970'S, WHEN THE TURKISH-FRENCH DRUG TRAFFICKING SYSTEM WAS BROKEN, A MAJOR SHARE OF THE ILLEGAL TRAFFIC IN HARD DRUGS, NOTABLY HEROIN, WAS COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES FROM MEXICO. FURTHER, THE CHAIRMAN INDICATED THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN JOINT UNITED STATES-MEXICAN EFFORTS TO ERADICATE MEXICAN POPPY FIELDS AND BREAK TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS AT THEIR SOURCE. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT WERE INVITED TO TESTIFY. WITNESSES INDICATED THAT JOINT MEXICAN-AMERICAN EFFORTS TO ERADICATE OPIUM POPPY FIELDS HAVE INCREASED AND SHOWN MEASURES OF SUCCESS. THE DRUG MARKET HAS BEEN REDUCED, AS EVIDENCED BY THE RAISE IN ILLICIT DRUG WHOLESALE PRICES IN MEXICO AND A REDUCTION IN THE PURITY OF HEROIN AND THE NUMBER OF DRUG-RELATED DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES. THESE EFFORTS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE, WITH THE BULK OF THE FUNDING COMING FROM THE UNITED STATES, BUT WITH MEXICO MOVING TOWARD SELF-SUPPORTING DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT. WITNESSES INDICATE THE BORDER CONTROL EFFORTS TO COUNTER SMUGGLING HAVE BEEN HAMPERED BY THE FRAGMENTATION AND DUPLICATION OF THE EFFORTS OF THE VARIOUS FEDERAL AGENCIES INVOLVED IN BORDER CONTROL. SUGGESTIONS FOR REORGANIZATION TO ELIMINATE THESE PROBLEMS ARE OFFERED. GRAPHIC AND TABULAR DATA ARE PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Border control; Crime specific countermeasures; Drug law enforcement; Governmental planning; Hearings; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Mexico; Smuggling/Trafficking; Testimony
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