US to Expand Drug War Along Northern Border
The Office of National Drug Control Policy today released its first National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy . The full 80-page report is here. The report is required to be submitted to Congress under the Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy Act of 2010 (Act).
What's to come: More intelligence-gathering and sharing. [More...]
More resources to fusion centers:
Partner with State & Major Urban Area Fusion Centers along the Northern border. Fusion centers with Northern border counternarcotics responsibilities will be provided, based upon available resources, with personnel, secure communications, technical and analytic assistance, training, and other core services.
Enhanced participation in task forces and intelligence groups
More drug busts ("Increase the interdiction rates of narcotics and drug proceeds crossing the Northern border."
Turn the citizenry into the eyes and ears of cops:
Further integrate community members in border management in and around remote ports of entry. Because most of the Northern border is remote and sparsely populated, U.S. law enforcement will work to bring border residents into some aspects of the border security mission. Northern border residents can serve as law enforcement’s eyes and ears in remote areas. Through effective messaging and outreach, border residents learn the vital role they play and the vested interest they have in border security. The inclusion of border residents into a “border-wide community watch” leverages limited law enforcement resources.
Increase presence and effectiveness of traditional air and marine domain response capabilities
Optimize detection capabilities. DHS has already deployed additional technology to the Northern border, including thermal camera systems, Mobile Surveillance Systems, two UASs and an accompanying Operations Center (UASOC), and Remote Video Surveillance Systems. These technologies integrated into the AMOC enable us to continue to improve our situational awareness in remote areas of the border, and will increase the ability of DHS and partner agencies to detect, deter, and intercept illegal cross-border activity.
Enlist Tribal Law Enforcement in the war
Develop and implement an expedited system for obtaining financial records and freezing and forfeiting assets.
Increased use of undercover operations in Canada, including confidential sources, controlled deliveries or controlled money pick-ups, monitoring phone calls into Canada from the United States and obtaining wiretaps in Canada.
More prosecutors assigned to the Northern Border districts
Coordinate with DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD)
What's it costing? The budge takes up almost 40 pages. On the first page alone, in millions:
- Intelligence and Sharing $ 1,205
- Ports of Entry 224,605
- Air and Marine 161,183
- Investigations and Prosecutions 393,808
How ironic that this is the graphic currently on the home page of the Office of National Drug Control Strategy.
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