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Northern border drug control bill goes to Obama

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Governments at every level will be given six months to come up with a unified strategy to stanch the flow of illegal drugs across the nation's long and mostly unguarded northern border.

    A measure passed Tuesday by the House calls for the Office of National Drug Control Policy to lead the way in coming up with a way to blunt the growing movement of Ecstasy, heroin, cocaine and marijuana across the U.S.-Canadian border. The measure calls for ONDCP to work with the head of each relevant national drug control program agency and state, local, tribal, and international governments to develop strategy.

    The Senate passed the measure Monday night.

    Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., said the only way to patch smuggling holes along the porous, 4,000-mile-plus border is to work together.

    Any strategy will have to delineate the roles of each national drug control agency, identify the specific resources it will take to implement the plan and focus on trafficking through Native Indian reservations.

    In 2007, agents seized just a single kilogram of heroin and cocaine, compared with 18 kilograms of cocaine and 28 kilograms of heroin in 2009, U.S. Justice Department statistics show. There were 3,423 kilograms of marijuana confiscated last year, compared with 2,792 kilograms two years earlier.

    Far more of those drugs come across the southern border, but agents seize eight times the amount of the club drug Ecstasy up north than they do on the southern border. Over the past five years, agents on the northern border have nabbed about 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of Ecstasy each year.

    "Law enforcement in communities along the northern border can rest a little easier tonight knowing that the resources they need to stop the flow of drugs should be on the way soon," Schumer said in a prepared statement.

    If President Barack Obama signs the bill, the ONDCP will have 180 days to make recommendations. Funding will be sorted out once a strategy is in place.

    "The Obama Administration is committed to a comprehensive and balanced approach to drug control that relies on reducing both the demand and supply of drugs in the United States," White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said in a statement Tuesday. "Employing a smart, effective, and coordinated drug control strategy along our Northern border is critical to our efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences."

    Associated Press
    Tuesday, December 21, 2010



  1. Killa Weigha
    Oh, thank God. Chuckie figured out how to stop all illegal drug flow. Warlocks and magical dragons are forthcoming!

    Does it really make too much sense to concentrate on the flow of drugs into North America as a whole? How about sharing resources and admitting the US and Canada both have drugs coming into certain areas and being moved to other areas? Don't both governments share the exact same goal- drug interdiction? Do they get more points for catching someone at the imaginary line we both call "the border" than inside the country? A joint task force combining US and Canadian counter-narcotics forces would seem much more appropriate.

    Stop pissing away my tax money you morons! Do any Canadians agree?
  2. LordeV
    So the Broken States of America want to pour more money it does not have into the '4,000-mile' northern border in order to prevent drug flow, even if this policy keeps failing miserably in the smaller one down south? Good luck on that.
  3. dyingtomorrow
    I have a bill to put before Congress, it's called "The Only Way to End Drug Use Bill."

    First, we build a 100 foot high reinforced concrete wall all the way around America. Including all beaches, so no more going in the ocean. Guard posts every 100 feet. Then we put anti aircraft guns behind the wall, also every 100 feet, and blow up anyone trying to fly in the country.

    Anyone caught buying or selling an illegal drug is immediately executed.

    Then we cut off all trade to foreign nations, and all immigration/emigration/travel, and switch to a subsistence based economy. The excess amount of food we grow should be able to provide for the 50 million guards on the wall.

    This will probably cut 70-80% of illegal drug use.
  4. EscapeDummy
    ROFL. DT, great post, especially your closing sentence.

    And I fully agree with LordeV's post. I don't understand the people in this fucking country. They want a welfare state in terms of government assistance, but don't want to pay taxes. Besides the border patrol there are plenty of stories of trigger happy rednecks and cowboys trying to secure the Mexican border themselves, and fail miserably. We're trillions of dollars in debt, WHERE IS THIS MONEY GOING TO COME FROM? We just CONTINUED the tax cuts, our defense spending hasn't gone down (even though we supposedly are "done" with combat in Iraq), the economys fucked.

    Swim can totally see the current way of life continuing for a while, and his generation will inherit a catastrophe in about 10 - 15 years.
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