New US Plan To Stop Drug Flow Over Northern Border

Published January 20, 2012 10:27PM (EST)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal law enforcement agencies will help tribal officers obtain equipment and training on Indian lands near the U.S.-Canadian border as part of the White House's newly released strategy for reducing the flow of illegal drugs and drug proceeds between the two countries.

A report, announced Friday, says tribal officers should be included in criminal intelligence sharing and inter-agency task forces. It says drug smugglers have been known to seek out tribal jurisdictions to smuggle illegal drugs into the U.S.

The government's goal is to stop Canadian marijuana, Ecstasy and methamphetamine from entering the United States and to keep cocaine that originates in South America from flowing north. Authorities have also targeted bulk cash smuggling in both directions that finances criminal organizations.

By Salon Staff

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