Jun 17, 2011

Whack-a-mole Drug War: The Drug Trafficking Organizations That Can't Be Found

By Tom Barry of the TransBorder Project of the Center for International Policy

Border Lines: The Drug Trafficking Organizations That Can't Be Found: "...what (about the) reach of DTO's into the United States? Surely the combined power of the traditional local, state, and federal counterdrug forces, now bolstered by the billions in new homeland security and DOJ dollars directed against these so-called transnational crime organizations (TCOs) should be able hunt them down on this side of the great divide.

Yet, for all the professions of the Obama administration and the operations of the ever-broadening phalanx of counternarcotics intelligence centers, multiagency drug forces, and new initiatives like the Border Enforcement Security Taskforces (BEST) and the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) – both organized by the Department of Homeland Security – the drug war at home has proved unable to deter let alone dismantle the networks that smuggle, traffic, and distribute Mexico-sourced drugs."

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