8. CHRONICLE AM: DRUG CZAR'S OFFICE SHUTTERED IN SHUTDOWN, DC FULL POT LEGALIZATION BILL FILED, MORE... (1/9/19)
The federal government shutdown shutters the drug czar's office, Trump
again mischaracterizes the nature of border drug smuggling, New Jersey's highest court lends a hand to drug court graduates seeking expungement,
and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2019/jan/09/chronicle_am_drug_czars_office
As the president attempts to make his case for a wall on the US-Mexico
border, one of his main selling points is that the wall would reduce the
flow of illicit drugs into the country. Of all people, it's not our
favorite agency that has rebutted the claim.
That agency is the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which in its
2018 National Drug Threat Assessment (https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-11/DIR-032-18 2018 NDTA
final low resolution.pdf) released just two months ago makes clear that
at best Trump is uninformed and at worst that he is lying to the
It's not a new claim for the president; it has been a pillar of his
claim that there is a "crisis" on the border. But repeating a false
claim doesn't make it any less false. What is true, as the DEA reports,
is that the southwest border "remains the primary entry point for heroin
into the United States," but it is not being lugged across the desert
via a wall-less border.
According to the DEA, "the majority of the flow is through POVs
[privately owned vehicles] entering the United States at legal ports of
entry, followed by tractor-trailers, where the heroin is co-mingled with
legal goods. Body carriers represent a smaller percentage of heroin
movement and they typically smuggle amounts ranging from three to six
pounds taped to their torso, or in shoes and backpacks."
To be clear, the body carriers the DEA is talking about are people
coming through ports of entry -- not across an open border. The agency
reported that only "a small percentage of all heroin seized" along the
border was seized between ports of entry.
It's the same thing with fentanyl. According to the DEA, which says
fentanyl imports are split between China and Mexico, Mexican drug
traffickers "most commonly smuggle multi-kilogram loads of fentanyl
concealed in POVs before trafficking the drugs through Southwest Border
ports of entry." In the San Diego sector, which saw the biggest fentanyl seizures, 74 percent off seizures were from cars at ports of entry. In
the Tucson sector, which had the next highest fentanyl seizure numbers,
that figure was 91 percent.
Claiming that building a border wall would reduce the flow of drugs into
the country is probably not the biggest lie Trump and his allies have
told about the wall, but it is patently false.
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