Border Control:

Drug Interdiction and Related Activities Along the Southwestern U.S. Border

GGD-88-124FS: Published: Sep 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1988.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding law enforcement personnel and equipment assigned to the southwestern U.S. border and drug seizures since July 1, 1986, under Operation Alliance.

GAO found that: (1) it could not clearly distinguish Operation Alliance activities from other existing law enforcement activities along the border, since participating agencies do not specifically identify their efforts with the operation; (2) the participating agencies placed about 1,090 additional law enforcement personnel in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas between July 1986 and October 1987; (3) the Customs Service has placed 11 interdiction aircraft and 12 boats along the border since July 1986; and (4) from July 1986 through December 1987, the participating agencies seized 199,196 kilograms of marijuana, 15,526 kilograms of cocaine, and 100 kilograms of heroin.

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