Obama targets U.S.-Mexico border in heroin war; drug is serious threat

A pistol and 154 pounds of heroin worth at least $50 million are displayed at a Drug Enforcement Administration news conference in May. (AP Photo)
A pistol and 154 pounds of heroin worth at least $50 million are displayed at a Drug Enforcement Administration news conference in May. (AP Photo)

By Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner

Heroin use has skyrocketed 63 percent in the United States, sparing few towns, and now the Obama administration is pushing to stop the flow of the drug across the U.S.-Mexico border.

In announcing a $13.4 million war on heroin Monday, the president’s drug czar said the administration will try to plug the holes in the border through which crime gangs pour drugs.

But only 10 percent of the budget will be used for that purpose, the rest send to the five biggest drug markets in the country.

Michael Botticelli, director of National Drug Control Policy, said $1.3 million will be spent on the border control effort. “These funds will be used to enhance investigative efforts against large-scale transnational criminal organizations, reduce the flow of dangerous drugs (including heroin and methamphetamine) across the border, and prevent drug use in border communities,” he said.

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