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NCJ Number: 63241 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: FACTFINDING MISSION TO COLOMBIA AND PUERTO RICA
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Select Cmtte on Narcotics Abuse and Control
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 51
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A REPORT IS MADE BY THE FACTFINDING MISSION OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL CONCERNING DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFIC IN COLOMBIA AND PUERTO RICO.
Abstract: IN PUERTO RICO AND COLOMBIA, MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL AND THEIR STAFF MET FORMALLY AND INFORMALLY WITH A WIDE RANGE OF OFFICIALS. BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES, ACTING UNILATERALLY, COULD NOT CONTROL INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFIC, INTEREST IN U.S. COLOMBIAN COOPERATION WAS STRONG, AND METHODS WERE DEVELOPED TO IMPLEMENT AN ANTINARCOTICS PROGRAM. U.S. INTEREST IN PUERTO RICO OCCURRED BECAUSE OF THE EASE WITH WHICH DRUGS COULD BE MOVED FROM THAT LOCATION SINCE THERE WAS NO ADDED CUSTOMS CLEARANCE OF AIRCRAFT OR VESSELS DEPARTING PUERTO RICO. THE FACTFINDING GROUP EXAMINED COLOMBIA'S DRUG PRODUCTION, TRAFFICKING, AND THE EXTENT OF U.S. AID TO CURRENT NARCOTICS CONTROL PROGRAMS. THEY CONCLUDED THAT THE PRODUCTION OF COCAINE AND MARIJUANA HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF INCOME FOR MANY POOR FARMERS; THAT THE LEVEL OF PRODUCTION IS LINKED TO THE HIGH LEVELS OF AMERICAN DRUG CONSUMPTION; THAT COLOMBIA HAS A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO MOVE AGAINST THE DRUG TRAFFIC, BUT REQUIRES U.S. ASSISTANCE; AND THAT ACCEPTABLE METHODS OF ERADICATION RATHER THAN INTERDICTION NEED TO BE FOUND. THE FINDINGS OF THE FACTFINDING GROUP IN PUERTO RICO COVER THE ROLE, OF FOUR U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHICH HAVE DIRECT IMPACT ON DRUG TRAFFIC THERE AND THE ROLE OF THE PUERTO RICO POLICE DEPARTMENT. HEARINGS WERE HELD IN PUERTO RICO TO DETERMINE THE SCOPE OF THE DRUG PROBLEM, AND TREATMENT AVAILABILITY AND SERVICES, PARTICULARLY FOR VETERANS. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED AN OVERHAUL OF THE PRESENT DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAM, MONITORING OF VA PRESCRIPTIONS, BUDGET REEVALUATIONS, AND ATTENTION TO ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PROBLEMS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE DRUG PROBLEM. APPENDIXES INCLUDE A PLEA BY A COLOMBIAN FINANCIER TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, AND DRUG VIOLATOR CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS AND CRITERIA. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Colombia; Drug abuse; Drug law offenses; Drug smuggling; Drug treatment programs; Puerto Rico
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