Drugs (61 - 70 of 74 items)
Stronger Crackdown Needed on Clandestine Laboratories Manufacturing Dangerous Drugs
GGD-82-6: Published: Nov 6, 1981. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1981.
GAO assessed whether the Federal Government is mounting an effective attack on illicitly manufactured dangerous drugs and whether current legal sanctions pose a reasonable degree of risk to dangerous drug traffickers.In spite of concerted efforts by a few Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) field offices which have produced an impressive increase in the number of clandestine laboratory seizures,...
Coast Guard Drug Interdiction on the Texas Coast
CED-81-104: Published: May 19, 1981. Publicly Released: May 27, 1981.
Information was requested on the capability of the Coast Guard to control drug smuggling, particularly on the Texas coast.According to Coast Guard officials, drug smuggling on the Texas coast has increased over the last few years. Although the Coast Guard has established goals for deterring maritime drug smuggling, resource limitations have prevented it from achieving these goals. The primary drug...
Drug Abuse Problem in the Southwest
112122: Apr 14, 1980
The drug abuse problem continues to persist throughout the nation because of the enormous supply of, and demand for, drugs. This situation has created a multibillion dollar business in which the risks are low relative to the profits that can be made. Drug trafficking attracts people from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, accountants, businessmen, and entertainers, who see opportunities...
Federal Drug Enforcement and Supply Control Efforts
111854: Mar 10, 1980
A review of the gains made to reduce the adverse impact of illegal drugs indicates that the gains are fragile requiring constant vigilance. For example, as one source of heroin is halted temporarily, another source emerges as the principal supplier. Additionally, as heroin becomes increasingly difficult to obtain, the usage of other dangerous drugs increases. Thus the diversion of legal drugs beco...
Use of Currency and Foreign Account Reports To Detect Narcotics Traffickers
111017: Nov 29, 1979
To facilitate Federal financial investigations of drug trafficking, tax evasion, and other illegal activities, the Congress enacted the Bank Secrecy Act in October 1970. The Act requires individuals and financial institutions to report financial transactions that might be useful to Federal agencies in carrying out their investigative responsibilities. It was felt that the Act's financial reporting...
Gains Made in Controlling Illegal Drugs, Yet the Drug Trade Flourishes
GGD-80-4: Published: Oct 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1979.
Drug abuse and trafficking still flourish despite several decades of efforts to overcome the problem. The country's $5.5 billion drug abuse program during the past decade has dealt with both demand reduction and supply reduction. A continuing trend of great concern is the levels of drug use and abuse among young people in the United States. Drugs were the seventh most common cause of death for Ame...
Federal Efforts To Stem the Flow of Drugs Across the U.S.-Mexican Border
106020: May 9, 1978
Control of illegal entry at the United States-Mexico border is basically a task of controlling the movement of people, vehicles, aircraft, boats, and goods. The principal agencies involved in law enforcement at the border are the Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Border forces interdict only a small quantity of the est...
Federal Efforts To Stem the Flow of Drugs Across the U.S. Mexican Border
105730: Apr 19, 1978
In the past few years, law enforcement efforts along the United States-Mexico border have grown because of the increasing transit of illicit drugs and undocumented aliens. Although the percentage of heroin entering the United States from Mexico has declined in the last two years, due mainly to the cooperative campaign to eradicate opium poppy cultivation, Mexico is still considered the major sourc...
Drug Control in South America Having Limited Success: Some Progress but Problems Are Formidable
GGD-78-45: Published: Mar 29, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1978.
Nearly all of the cocaine and most of the marihuana entering the United States come from South America. Peru and Bolivia are the major producers of coca, from which cocaine is made, and Colombia is the primary processing and transmitting country for cocaine. Colombia has also surpassed Mexico in marihuana production. Disrupting and intercepting the flow of drugs into this country is a major U.S. l...
Illegal Entry at United States-Mexico Border: Multiagency Enforcement Efforts Have Not Been Effective in Stemming the Flow of Drugs and People
GGD-78-17: Published: Dec 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1977.
The flood of illegal aliens and illicit drugs across the United States-Mexico border continues. Federal agencies responsible for law enforcement along the border operate almost independently--little consideration is given for each other's missions. These separate yet similar lines of effort are diluting border coverage and control.Although Federal expenditures to improve border control have nearly...