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ONDCP Pledges More Money for Border Crackdown


March 1995

Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Lee Brown announced plans to increase aid for patrols along the U.S. southwest border in order to reduce drug smuggling ("Border Crackdown on Drugs," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 26, 1995, p. A3).

Pounds of cocaine seized in 1994 dropped to 1,765 from 7,708 in 1993. In an effort to increase the amounts seized, the plan will transfer 80 customs inspectors to border areas. Brown said that the federal government will spend $15 million on anti-drug activities in the area, $8 million of which will target the San Diego and Imperial counties area.

"We will continue to attack the organizations and the traffickers who export poison to our communities and to our children," Brown said at a press conference announcing the new plan.