Serial No. 108-70: Impact of the Drug Trade on Border Security: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, April 15, 2003   [open pdf - 3MB]

On April 15, 2003, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform holds a hearing regarding the Drug Trade on Border Security. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul Beeson of the U.S. Border Patrol; Frank Dekert of the National Park Service; Sandalio Gonzalez Drug Enforcement Administration; David Longoria of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection; Bob Cook of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; Ruben Garcia of the Ysleta Independent School District; Jose Luis Soria of the Aliviane Drug Treatment Center; Carlos Leon of the El Paso Police Department; and Leo Samaneigo of the El Paso Police Department. Chairman Mark Sonder explains that, "Since the summer of 2001, this subcommittee has been making a comprehensive study of our Nation's borders. The subcommittee has focused particular attention on the effectiveness of the Federal law enforcement agencies entrusted with protecting and administering our Nation's borders and ports of entry." He adds that "Today's hearing is intended to focus on the problem of illegal drug smuggling along the southern border, and the related crime and damage caused by that smuggling. The southern border still sees far more illegal activity than the northern border and it presents severe challenges for effective law enforcement. The southern border runs through deserts, mountains and rivers, through unpopulated areas as well as cities and suburbs, through National Parks, wildlife refuges, Native American reservations, and even military bases. Questions of overlapping law enforcement agency jurisdiction can come into play, and we intend to address those issues today."

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