Illicit Drug Availability: Are Interdiction Efforts Hampered by a Lack of Agency Resources? Hearings before the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, First Session, June 27 and 28, 1995   [open pdf - 13MB]

From the opening statement of William H. Zeliff: "This hearing is to continue our review of the President's national drug control strategy. Over the next 2 days, we will focus on the availability of illegal drugs in our Nation and the effectiveness of current drug interdiction efforts. In my view, no problem is of greater significance to the Nation than illegal drugs. No American citizen is untouched by this national security threat. The influence of illegal drugs and violent drug cartels is painfully visible in the rise of street violence, domestic abuse, urban family breakup, medical costs for crack babies, AIDS, gunshot wounds, drug abuse treatment and overdoses. Illegal drugs suck up- an estimated $50 billion out of the U.S. economy every year. Illegal drugs are now linked to roughly 80 percent of the Nation's prison population. Illegal drugs rip at the Nation's moral fiber, and their influence cries out for action by our Nation's leaders. I dodge no bullets. This responsibility is ours in Congress as much as it is the President's. But with drug availability and drug use increasing sharply across the board in all age categories over the last 3 years, especially among our Nation's young children, we must act as a Nation now. [...] Today and tomorrow we will hear from the agency heads leading the interdiction effort and see demonstrations, including drug-sniffing dogs, which will come up shortly, and state-of-the-art technology." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jane E. Becker, Thomas Constantine, Joseph Kelley, Robrt E. Kramek, Brian Sheridan, Michael Taylor, Willie Brown, Lan Bui, George Weise, William F. Clinger Jr., Cardiss Collins, and William H. Zeliff.

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