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Title: INTERDICTION OF DRUG TRAFFICKING IN LOUISIANA - HEARINGS BEFORE THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL, NOVEMBER 19 AND 20, 1979
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Select Cmtte on Narcotics Abuse and Control
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 146
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Publication Number: SCNAC-96-1-14
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TESTIMONY BY POLICE OFFICIALS, NARCOTICS AGENTS, COAST GUARD OFFICIALS, AND TELEVISION REPORTERS DESCRIBES THE NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT PROBLEMS PRESENTED BY LOUISIANA'S VAST COASTLINE AND THE LACK OF TRAINED MANPOWER.
Abstract: AS U.S. NARCOTICS OFFICIALS HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR EFFORTS AGAINST SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES IN FLORIDA, THE NARCOTICS TRAFFIC PROBLEM HAS MOVED WEST. LOUISIANA'S MANY BAYS AND INLETS, WHICH ARE SWAMPY AND SPARSELY POPULATED, ARE IDEAL TERRITORY FOR DOPE SMUGGLERS. IN ADDITION, THE PORT CITIES HAVE PROVIDED EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SMUGGLING OF HARD DRUGS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. A SECOND PROBLEM, AND ONE JUST AS SEVERE, HAS BEEN THE DIVERSION OF LEGITIMATE DRUGS TO STREET USE. LOUISIANA HAS SEEN A STEADY INCREASE IN DRUGUSE--FROM CHILDREN SMOKING MARIJUANA TO USERS OF COCAINE AND OTHER HARD DRUGS. THE COAST GUARD CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO PATROL THE VAST WATER AREAS SURROUNDING THIS STATE AND NARCOTICS OFFICIALS AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE HARD PUT TO STRETCH LIMITED MANPOWER TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. THOSE WORKING ON DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE WAYS TO SEARCH, BUT THOSE SMUGGLING ARE JUST AS INNOVATIVE AND THE PROBLEM IS A LONG WAY FROM SOLUTION. MUCH OF THE TESTIMONY CONTAINS STATISTICS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF ACTUAL DRUG INTERCEPTION STRATEGIES. NEARLY ALL OF THOSE APPEARING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE EMPHASIZE THAT THE MANPOWER AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE IS INSUFFICIENT TO HANDLE THE PROBLEM.
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug detection; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Drug law enforcement; Drug smuggling; Drug sources; Illegal dispensing of licit drugs; Louisiana
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