DHS OIG: The Responsibilities of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 5, 2010

OIG-10-80 – The Responsibilities of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement

  • “Among many responsibilities, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is charged with preventing the entry of illegal drugs into the United States and diminishing the threat of drug trafficking, the world’s most lucrative criminal activity. Reducing this threat is of special interest to the department because some terrorists finance operations with money raised through narcotics trafficking. For example, terrorists financed the 2004 Madrid train bombings mainly through the sale of hashish. In 2008, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assistant administrator noted that Hamas and Hezbollah remain active in the South American drug trade.3 Even if these groups do not directly threaten the United States, narcotics traffickers have the capacity to destabilize friendly governments, undermine U.S. foreign policy, and generate widespread violence.
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