June 5th, 2009
01:12 PM ET
6 years ago

White House unveils plan to combat drug trade at border

Rising drug violence in the United States is one of the administration's top domestic concerns.
Rising drug violence in the United States is one of the administration's top domestic concerns.

(CNN) - Top Obama administration officials were in Albuquerque on Friday to announce new efforts to combat the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico.

The White House released a summary of its National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy, aimed at not only stemming the trafficking of illegal narcotics, but also slowing the flow of cash and illegal firearms into Mexico.

The plan involves increased intelligence and enhanced technology. It also includes "targeted financial sanctions to disable drug trafficking
organizations," as well as heightened cooperation with Mexico, the White House said.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder, and White House Drug Policy Chief Gil Kerlikowske planned to discuss the strategy at a news conference.

Rising drug violence in the United States is one of the administration's top domestic concerns.

–CNN's Terry Frieden contributed to this report.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Why is a picture of a harmless plant included in this article about drugs?

    June 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    How about stop spending my money on things that have already been shown not to work and legalize it once and for all. I don't smoke weed and never will but just because it is legal, doesn't mean I wil become a pothead.

    June 5, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Sick -n- Tired

    Yeah...............Good luck with that!

    June 5, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter

    Never going to work. The war on drugs is a joke and a huge waste of money. But we wouldn't want to legalize pot, would we? It's a gateway drug to socialism, you know. Have a nice day!

    June 5, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. DeborahKansas City

    Yeah for something new. Because the old just say no; war on drugs did nothing except fill our prisons and cemetaries; and cost us billions.

    June 5, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Denizen Kate

    Didn't we elect Obama because we wanted change? Because we wanted someone in the White House who would apply common sense and logic to the problems we and the rest of the world face? This new chapter in the so-called "war on drugs" is just more of the same: sending tax-payer dollars down the drain in a no-win battle.

    We can solve the problem of drugs and the violence caused by trafficking with two words: legalize drugs.

    June 5, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Bill

    YESTERDAY IN CAIRO....

    Obama said:

    ***"because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children"***....

    WHAT IS OUR GOVERNMENT DOING TO STOP:

    Killings of innocent men, women and children in LOS ANGELES by GANGS AND DRUG DEALERS ???

    CNN.... Please ask Obama about this.... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE....

    June 5, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Andi

    CNN – why did you close the comment board on Bohener's latest put-down of OUR President (which came less than a half hour after the job stats were released, so I'm SURE it was planned FAR in advance)? I don't understand. The only comment you allowed was from a whiny rightie complaining that 4 months was ample time for OUR President to fix the jobless situation. Nice.

    I'm sure you had good reasons, CNN, but it just doesn't sit well with me.

    June 5, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. jesse

    that will make it more difficult for Limbaugh to get all pilled up!

    June 5, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    ... that number of educated young people along with open minded individuals voted in record number for Obama and his agenda! We want his plans for this country and we reject the Republican Party plan to make the wealthy richer and everyone else poorer! Wake up, People, Wake Up... there are bigger issues than Liberals vs the GOP... most of us are NOT all Liberals... we are wiser and we WANT a better system of government that benefits all of us!

    Universal Medicine is no harder to manage that Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid! And if the Government is running it CORRECTLY then all will benefit BUT the Big Businesses that run it now to their wealth and our demise!

    June 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Dawn in Pa

    I am anti-drugs, the only way to stop drug sales in the United States and Canada is the people stop using that crap. Wishful thinking huh!The head of a Drug Cartel is on the Forbes 500, this is unreal, easy money become head of a Cartel'

    It needs to stop, we get the nasty drugs, and they get out automatic rifles with cop killer.

    June 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Dean

    How many times have we heard the same thing from every administration over he last 20 yrs. When are they going to learn this just does not work, Make it legal and tax it problem solved.

    June 5, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. ObamaShrugged

    stop fighting this un-winable war and make it legal. the economy could use the stimulation, as could I.

    June 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. WIlly Brown

    I smell another CZAR coming. Out of chicago I bet..,.

    June 5, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. TCM

    Move the US Army Sniper school to along the border....post signs...

    June 5, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. makesUwonder

    Lets see, the Obama administration wants to "combat the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico." Maybe while they're at it they should do something to combat the flow of illegal people crossing our borders. Frankly, I don't see that happening since Obama wants their votes in 2012.

    June 5, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    There's going to be a bunch of "legalize it and tax it" comments coming.

    Not going to happen. People would just grow it in their back yard, taking the taxing middleman out of the picture.

    And they know it.

    June 5, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Bob from Pittsburgh...

    CONSUMPTION STUPID... IS CONSUMPTION.!!!!!

    For as long as Americans (largest group of drug consumers) keep on buying the stuff, there will be criminals supplying it. The effects will be economic slowdown, corruption, violent crime, prostitution, higher percentage of school dropouts, etc..etc…

    Hilary is right, Americans have to clean house.. no drug consumers, no drug problems

    June 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Marc in MS

    Nothing is going to work until we focus on the cause for the drug trade- America's addictions. Without early intervention efforts and accessible rehabilitation to go along with other efforts, the US will be forever dependent on Latin American drugs.

    June 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. mike,texas

    I guess when it comes to the drug subject we get 8 more years of failed policys.Anyone hear of the failure of prohabition.

    June 5, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. michael

    its not going to work. stop playing politics and look at the facts. legalize marijuana and you kill their business. prohibition never has and never will work.

    June 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Dee Dee

    How about stopping the flow of illegal immigrants????

    June 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. southerncousin

    And don't foreget, the biggest part, Hillary and Hussein have both apologized for the United States existance.

    June 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    Enhanced tech in the BO Administration = "Hey, you holding?" Expect the drug trafficing to get worse under BO, not better.

    June 5, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Unhappy Dem

    Simple solution, close the border

    June 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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