Bush To Propose Large Aid Package To Help Mexico On Drugs


Mexico’s crackdown on drug cartels and increased U.S. border enforcement have disrupted the flow of illegal drugs and caused cocaine shortages in 37 U.S. cities, says a White House drug policy office study reported by the Washington Post. Cocaine prices have nearly doubled in some cities and soared from a nationwide average of $95.89 a gram during the first quarter of this year to $118.70 in the second quarter. Rising prices typically indicate reduced supplies. Larry Birns of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a critic of U.S. drug policy, dismissed the numbers as “seasonal” blips.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has accused the White House of not coordinating sufficiently with Mexican law enforcement at a time when Mexican cartels penetrated nearly all regions of the U.S. and took in up to $23 billion annually in revenue. U.S. drug czar John Walters told the Post that a massive aid package to help Mexico fight drug cartels is imminent. It is expected to be the largest U.S. anti-drug endeavor overseas since the 2000 launch of Plan Colombia, a multibillion-dollar campaign to eradicate coca and erode support for Marxist rebels.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/01/AR2007100101552.html

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