U.S. Senator Wants Canada Border Drug Strategy

By Terrapinzflyer · May 4, 2010 · ·
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    U.S. Senator Wants Canada Border Drug Strategy

    A New York senator is calling for the Obama administration to create an anti-drug smuggling plan for the Canada-U.S. border similar to the one in place for the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Sen. Charles Schumer said that since 2007 there have been large increases in seizures of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana entering the U.S. from Canada. Seizures of the club drug ecstasy have also risen, with the Canada/U.S. border now the lead gateway for ecstasy entering America.

    Despite these increases, Schumer said the U.S. administration has yet to put together a comprehensive strategy to combat drug-smuggling from Canada, as it has for its southern border with Mexico.

    “We need to push back hard against the recent rise in drug smuggling across the Canadian border,” Schumer said in a press release.

    “It is concerning that no one has yet developed a comprehensive strategy for fighting drug smuggling across the northern border, and it’s a problem that has to be addressed immediately.”

    Schumer said that since 2007, seizures of ecstasy smuggled to the U.S. from Canada have jumped from 240 kg to 303 kg—eight times greater than seizures along the southern border since 2005. An average of almost 400 kg of ecstasy has been seized per year for the last five years.

    Heroin seizures rose from less than 1 kg in 2007 to 28 kg in 2009. During the same period, seizures of cocaine jumped from less that I kg to 18 kg, and marijuana seizures from 2,791 kg to 3,423 kg.

    Although these are far less than the amounts of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana seized by agents along the Mexican border, Schumer said the growing problem must be addressed.

    He plans to introduce legislation mandating that the Office of National Drug Control Policy devise and implement a “comprehensive counter-narcotics strategy” for the 6,437-kilometre border. He also wants to restore funding for a program aimed at curbing drug trafficking and crime that the administration proposed cutting in the 2011 budget.

    The legislation will be sponsored in the House by New York Rep. Bill Owens, whose district includes the northern part of New York State. Schumer is working to garner support from colleagues in other northern border states as well.

    “Right now New York’s communities are outgunned in the fight against drugs and that just can’t continue,” he said. “I’m hopeful that this effort will get the ball rolling on a new approach and ensure that our counties have the resources they need to combat this problem.”

    By Joan Delaney
    Epoch Times Staff
    Monday, May 03, 2010


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    Both the U.S. borders are two-way streets
    Senator Charles Schumer is wrong to want to treat the Canadian border like the Mexican one

    U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants to force the Obama administration to create an anti-drug-smuggling strategy for the northern border, similar to one in place for the U.S. border with Mexico. The Democratic senator from New York is pushing a “Northern Border Counter-narcotics Strategy Act of 2010” in response to an increase in drug seizures along the U.S.-Canadian border. Mr. Schumer has declared, “Right now New York’s communities are outgunned in the fight against drugs, and that just can’t continue.” It’s an interesting choice of words. If there is a problem of drug smuggling from Canada into the U.S., it is no more serious than the epidemic of gun smuggling from the U.S. into Canada. Rather than simply seek more ammunition for his country’s war on drugs, Mr. Schumer should pursue a more holistic approach to the porous border.

    Mr. Schumer is fixated on worrying trends. “America’s northern border is now the lead gateway for ecstasy to enter the U.S. Since 2005, seizures of ecstasy coming across the northern border has been eight times greater than seizures in our country’s southwest border…. Since 2007, cocaine seizures at the northern border have risen from less than 1 kilogram to 18 kg; heroin seizures have gone from less than 1 kg to 28 kg; marijuana seizures have gone from 2,791 kg to 3,423 kg; and ecstasy seizures have gone from 240 kg to 303 kg.” These are unsettling statistics. But there are other figures that should also concern Mr. Schumer, including the fact that the U.S. is the major supplier of illegal handguns in Canada, and that, in Toronto, 70 per cent of “crime guns” recovered by the Toronto Police Service come from the U.S. Who is using the guns? Criminal groups, notably gangs involved in the drug trade. It is impossible to separate the guns from the drugs, although Mr. Schumer appears to want to try.

    The senator’s statement on the northern border fails to mention gun smuggling, and fails to acknowledge the vital role that illegal handguns imported from the U.S. play in the drug trade north of the border. As has been the case in Mexico, American criminals are helping to equip criminal organizations, albeit here on a much more modest scale. Some of those same gangs are in turn involved in smuggling drugs into the U.S. Mr. Schumer’s northern border strategy also needs to be concerned about what he and the Congress can do about that problem.

    Globe editorial
    From Monday's Globe and Mail (may 03 2010)
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