Newsbrief: Report Says Post September 11 Security Not Stopping Drugs 7/5/02

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Drug traffickers have proven impervious to US efforts to make the nation's borders more impermeable, according to a new report from the World Customs Organization (WCO), an international body seeking to rationalize and harmonize customs requirements. In its annual report, "Customs and Drugs," the WCO found that security measures implemented in the wake of last September's attacks on New York and Washington had a "negligible" effect on global drug trafficking.

According to the WCO report, new security measures led to a decrease in illicit drugs delivered by air to the US last September and October, but that effect has vanished as traffickers adapt to the new environment. By November, the WCO said, business was back to normal.

The report also found that South American cocaine trafficking through Mexico continues to increase despite the billions spent in recent years by the US to suppress Colombian and Bolivian coca growers and cocaine traffickers.

But hey, at least we busted Dionne Warwick and her lipstick case full of joints at the Miami airport.

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