The Teensavers Team is looking through the updated NSBCS regarding
the drug war on our borders.   Can that war really be won?   It seems
now we have an as equally great challenge with pills distributed by our
doctors and our pharmacies.  Here is the early press release from the
Obama administration.

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NOGALES,
Ariz. – Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined
National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin, DHS Office of
Counternarcotics Enforcement Director Grayling Williams, and other
public health and safety officials to release the 2011 National
Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy – a key component of the
Obama Administration’s unprecedented efforts to enhance security along
the Southwest border.  The strategy outlines Federal, state, local,
tribal, and international actions to reduce the flow of illicit drugs,
cash, and weapons across the border, and highlights the Obama
Administration’s support for promoting strong border communities by
expanding access to drug treatment and supporting programs that break
the cycle of drug use, violence, and crime.

“Disrupting the flow
of illegal drugs across our borders is critical to our nation’s safety
and security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through this strategy, the
Obama Administration will continue to strengthen our coordinated efforts
to interdict drug traffickers and disrupt their links to terrorism and
organized crime.”

“The demand for illegal drugs in America is a
driving factor for violence, addiction, and crime on both sides of our
border,” said Kerlikowske.  “Federal, state, local, tribal, and
international efforts to reduce the threat of drug trafficking along the
Southwest border are paying off, but we cannot let up.  We must
continue to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations that prey
upon our communities while also supporting programs and initiatives
that reduce drug consumption in the United States and Mexico.”

“Drug
trafficking cartels are responsible for some of the most devastating
violence and criminal activity along the Southwest border and beyond,
penetrating into communities large and small throughout this country.
To be effective in fighting these criminal organizations, we must
aggressively employ all of our international, Federal, state, local and
tribal resources, and the strategy unveiled today is a critical piece of
this Administration’s comprehensive efforts to dismantle these
cartels,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Through this strategy and
the coordinated efforts with our law enforcement and other partners, we
can continue to target these organizations, disrupt domestic
transportation and distribution cells, and seize as many of the
organization’s assets as possible.”

“Targeting, disrupting and
dismantling Mexican drug cartels and their trafficking organizations
operating on both sides of the border is a top priority for DEA” said
Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement
Administration.  “The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
strengthens collaboration with our American and Mexican partners as
together we seek to reduce drug addiction, secure our border, and bring
these traffickers and their leaders to justice.”

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
increases coordination and information sharing between Federal, and
state and local law enforcement agencies, and calls for continued close
collaboration with the Government of Mexico in their efforts against the
drug cartels – highlighting national efforts to interdict the
southbound flow of weapons and illicit currency and reduce the demand
for drugs.  The Director of National Drug Control Policy will oversee
the implementation of the strategy, in coordination with the Department
of Homeland Security, Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, and the
Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General. The
strategy will be implemented in coordination with other border related
efforts, including the Merida Initiative, led by the State Department,
and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing Southwest border
security efforts.

Under the Southwest Border Initiative the Obama
Administration has deployed unprecedented amount of personnel,
technology, and resources along the Southwest border – nearly doubling
the number of Border Patrol agents from approximately 10,000 in 2004 to
over 20,700 today, screening of 100% of southbound rail shipments, and
for the first time providing critical surveillance capabilities to
personnel on the ground through unmanned aerial systems that cover the
Southwest border from California to Texas.  Over the past two and a half
years, DHS has seized 75 percent more currency, 31 percent more drugs,
and 64 percent more weapons along the Southwest border as compared to
the last two and a half years during the previous administration.
Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has allocated
nearly 29 percent of its domestic agent positions to the Southwest
border, while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased
its Federal agents on the border, and the Department of Justice (DOJ)
has secured a record number of extraditions from Mexico: 94 in 2010
compared to 12 in 2000 and trained over 5,400 Mexican prosecutors and
investigators.

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
is an integral component of the Administration’s broader national drug
control policy. This policy includes a renewed commitment to reduce the
demand for illegal drugs at home through a balanced approach that
provides increased support to prevention, treatment, and other programs.

For a full copy of the 2011 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy click here.

 

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