Mexico’s past stirs fears in meth effort
Cox News Service
- WASHINGTON | Mexico’s history of
government corruption fueled by drug money was at
issue Wednesday in a Senate hearing on attempts by
U.S. agencies to block international
“There is a real
concern about the criminal justice system in
Mexico,” said Sen. Norm Coleman, a Minnesota
Republican, whose concerns were tied to recent U.S.-Mexico
partnerships to establish meth enforcement teams.
“This the first
time we’ve tackled this in such a joint
collaborative way,” said Karen Tandy, Drug
Enforcement Administration administrator.
Office of National Drug Control Policy director,
called for improving shared intelligence,
upholding restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter
decongestants, and increasing border security.
traffickers supply about 80 percent of the meth
consumed in the U.S., according to the State
•About 60 percent
of the world’s meth users live in East and
Southeast Asia. An estimated 600,000 addicts
were reported in Japan.
•The U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration spends more than $145
million each year on specialized training and
operations aimed at meth.