Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (S.32) Introduced Tuesday January 13, 2015. The Transnational Drug Trafficking Act, which passed the Senate unanimously in the 112th and 113th Congresses, would provide the Department of Justice with new tools to prosecute drug traffickers from foreign countries. Specifically, it will help the department build extradition cases on drug kingpins from the Andean region, which includes Colombia and Peru. Kingpins from these countries often use Mexican drug trafficking organizations as intermediaries to ship illegal narcotics to the United States.
The Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2011 provides new tools for the Justice Department to combat the international drug trade. The bill puts in place penalties for extraterritorial drug trafficking activity when individuals have “reasonable cause to believe” that illegal drugs will be trafficked into the United States. Current law states that drug traffickers must “know” that illegal drugs will be trafficked into the United States and this legislation lowers the knowledge threshold to “reasonable cause to believe.” Drug traffickers from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru produce cocaine in
This resolution – which passed the Senate unanimously – designates October 2011 as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. In light of increasing non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, this resolution encourages communities and parents to promote the message that these drugs should only be used for their intended medical use. It also encourages the safe disposal of unused medication.
This bill would provide law enforcement and prosecutors additional tools to locate border tunnels, identify criminals, and punish those involved in illegal activity. This act would establish punishments for the use, construction or financing of a border tunnel, even in cases where a tunnel was not fully constructed. It would also include illegal tunneling as an offense eligible for Title III wiretaps and would allow authorities to seize assets in border tunnel cases. The Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2011 also outlines a requirement to notify property owners and tenants in high risk tu