DRUG TRAFFICIKING IN THE UNITED STATES 1
Drug Trafficking in the United States
Eng. 122 Composition II
May 13, 2012
DRUG TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES 2
DRUG TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES 3
Drug trafficking has become an increasing problem in country today. More and more
people are buying, selling and using drugs. Today people think it is a quick and easy way of
earning money. The war on drugs is a never ending problem. How do we stop drugs from
coming into our country and killing so many people even our children? So much of our tax
dollars are spent every day trying to control drug trafficking in the United States.
Our government spends millions of dollars every year on trying to lower the standards of
drug’s coming into our country. In 1968 President Richard Nixon coined the phrase “War on
Drugs” to battle the distribution, and use of illegal drugs. In 1972 President Nixon combined
four government agencies dedicated to combating drugs to create the DEA. In 1980’s President
Ronald Regan revived the war on drugs and increased the efforts of the DEA to reduce the
supply of drugs entering the United States. President Regan initiated a Series of laws allowing
Federal officials to access military intelligence, training and equipment track drug traffickers.
About the same time federal and local governments passed laws allowing property and assets
derived from drug profits to be taken and retained by officials.
Relying solely on drug trafficking efforts abroad the government would have to spend
$783 million dollars a year to reduce cocaine consumption by one percent, relying on
interdiction, it would have to spend $366 million more.