Oversight of Federal Drug Interdiction Efforts in Mexico: Review of a Rising National Security Threat, Hearing 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, Second Session, June 12, 1996   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.: "Today, we will hear testimony from four distinguished panels, each speaking on an issue of increasing urgency. That issue is the rising threat to American security posed by the four, newly-emergent and undeniably powerful cartels on our Southwest border. Specifically, we will address national drug policy and the action or inaction of Mexico in prosecuting counternarcotics efforts during the past year. [...] Too few policymakers and members of the press recognize the enormity of the challenge we confront. Last year, 400 tons of cocaine were shipped into the United States, 70 percent of it through Mexico. Mexico produced 150 tons of methamphetamine, most of which ended up on United States streets. Yet the President certified that Mexico is 'fully cooperating with United States counternarcotics efforts.' Shouldn't we expect more from Mexico? That is one question I hope to get an answer to in this hearing." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ben Nelson, Allen Fleener, George Weise, Harold Wankel, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Charles E. Grsslley, and Louise McIntosh Slaughter.

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