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Impact of the South Florida Task Force on Drug Interdiction in the Gulf Coast Area - Hearing Before the Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism, Mobil, Alabama on the Scope of the Drug Problem in Alabama and Other Gulf States, October 28, 1983

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A transcript is provided of a hearing which assesses the effects of drug smuggling on State and local law enforcement resources in Alabama and neighboring States.
Senator Paula Hawkins details the results of the efforts of the south Florida task force. She notes, for instance, that drug arrests are up 27 percent, marijuana seizures are up 23 percent, and cocaine seizures are up 54 percent. Francis Mullen, Jr., an administrator with the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice, emphasizes that the two drugs most frequently encountered in the illicit traffic on the Gulf Coast and the southeastern United States are cocaine and marijuana. He emphasizes the need to eradicate a significant percentage of the cocoa and marijuana cultivation in Latin America. Rear Admiral William Stewart, a U.S. Coast Guard coordinator in the National Narcotics Boarder Interdiction System (NNBIS), explains the NNBIS effort nationwide. He highlights the NNBIS mission: to stop the drugs at the border by making the maximum effective use of all national assets in a fully coordinated, systematic approach to the problem. J.B. Sessions, a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, suggests that the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Customs Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration share information and expertise to combat drug smuggling. Finally, Corporal Jeffery Stokes and Lt. Ronald Wilhelm highlight efforts of the Mobile Police Department (Alabama) to combat increased drug smuggling. Two charts are included.