Drug Trafficking Proposal

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Drug Trafficking 1 Drug Trafficking in the U.S. Stephanie Teal ENG 122 Instructor: Kristin Stutler October 4, 2010
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Drug Trafficking 2 Many would say that the war on drugs cost the United States millions of dollars in tax money and takes away law enforcement that could be used to save people’s lives and that through all this little progress has been made to fight the war on drugs. Drug trafficking is viewed as a huge threat to every U.S. citizen, our security and the well being of our country. It is a billion dollar industry, which causes many people to do things they would not usually do. Drug trafficking-related crime and violence in the region has escalated in recent years. (Congressional Research Service 2010) Just yesterday, October 3, 2010, in the Pasco County in Florida, a 21 year old man was charged with murder after a drug deal went bad. He was also charged with armed robbery. (Harwell 2010) Illegal drugs have caused many people to become violent, drug addicted criminals, who have no regard for the law or human life. We need stricter policies to stop the influx of drugs in our country and if it means cutting off funds to countries, which are not doing their share to stop the drugs influx in their own countries then so be it. The U.S., has for years, been a major supplier of money and aid to other countries when our own is being neglected. The U.S. needs to look at what can be here at home and address more of the issues here and enforce larger penalties for drug traffickers and drug offenders. For example, ten kilograms of cocaine which can be proven, under the existing law, assuming no criminal history and no acceptance of
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Drug Trafficking 3 responsibility, he would face a guideline range of 121 to 151 months of incarceration, with a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years. Under the new law, he would face a guideline range of 168 to 210 months, with a mandatory minimum of fifteen years. (Osler 2007) In 1968 Richard Nixon coined the phrase “war on drugs” to describe America’s efforts to Battle the production, distribution, and use of illegal drugs. ( Ojeda 2001 ) The War on Drugs is just that, a War to stop drug use in our country and it is one that we are far from winning. The U.S. has many drug policies in effect that help other countries combat the War on Drugs but does it help? Yes, we invest billions of dollars in the anti-drug assistance programs aimed at reducing the flow of Latin American-sourced illicit drugs to the United States. Most of these programs have emphasized supply reduction tools such as drug crop eradication and interdiction of illicit narcotics. (Congressional Research Service 2010) We provide other countries the money to fight
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