Federal Agency Finds International Drug War a Total Failure 3/20/98

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Yet another General Accounting Office report has found a stunning lack of results -- on the streets, where it counts -- from U.S.-led international drug eradication and interdiction efforts. The GAO testimony, given before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice, released on March 12, sums up the record:

"Despite long-standing efforts and expenditures of billions of dollars, illegal drugs still flood the United States. Although U.S. counternarcotics efforts have resulted in the arrest of major drug traffickers, the seizure of large amounts of drugs, and the eradication of illicit drug crops, they have not materially reduced the availability of drugs in the United States."

The full document is available in Acrobat format at <http://www.gao.gov/new.items/ns98116t.pdf>, or can be ordered through the GAO's web site at <http://www.gao.gov>. The report is titled "Drug Control: Status of U.S. International Counternarcotics Activities" and has identifying number T-NSIAD-98-116.

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