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One-Stop Inspection System Speeds the Entry of International Travelers
GGD-82-62: Published: Mar 22, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1982.
GAO observed and monitored tests of new Federal inspection systems designed to speed the entry of international travelers. The system tested featured a one-stop inspection conducted before the passengers claimed their baggage, rather than the traditional two-stop process.Enforcement concerns of the Federal inspection agencies are the: (1) admissibility of individuals seeking entry into the United...
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...
Asset Forfeiture--A Seldom Used Tool in Combating Drug Trafficking
GGD-81-51: Published: Apr 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Justice's asset forfeiture program, described the extent to which forfeiture has been employed in narcotics cases, and discussed the problems limiting greater forfeiture use.Billions of dollars are generated annually by organized crime. These illicit profits and the assets acquired with them were the target of legislation passed to combat organized crime through forf...
Taking the Profit Out of Crime
112833: Jul 23, 1980
Prior to 1970, forfeiture of illicitly acquired assets and property was nonexistent in this country. At that time, two statutes were enacted with the intent to combat organized crime's infiltration into commercial enterprises and to destroy its economic base by providing the Government with criminal forfeiture authority. The Government's record in obtaining asset forfeitures is not good. Compared...
Weaknesses in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Financial Management System
FGMSD-77-74: Published: Dec 27, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1977.
A questionnaire survey was conducted to evaluate the procedures and controls of revenue and expenditure transactions of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The questionnaire covered the system of internal controls over collections, disbursements, imprest funds, and obligations.Responses indicated potential weaknesses in the financial management system. DEA needs to: (1) improve controls ove...
Federal Drug Law Enforcement Programs
104063: Nov 16, 1977
The transit of illicit drugs and undocumented aliens across the southwestern border has been the target of law enforcement efforts. There is general agreement that Mexico is the major source of heroin reaching this country. The federal expenditures employed by the three major enforcement agencies during the period 1971 through 1976 have approximately doubled, and the number of enforcement and supp...
Drugs, Firearms, Currency, and Other Property Seized by Law Enforcement Agencies: Too Much Held Too Long
GGD-76-105: Published: May 31, 1977. Publicly Released: May 31, 1977.
The disposition of property seized by Federal law enforcement officers in carrying out their work was questioned.Drugs are often held for several years as possible court evidence. This, along with the manner in which drugs are stored and accounted for, greatly increases the chances for loss. Currency also held as evidence would earn interest savings if it were returned to owners or the U.S. Treasu...