Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control to Hold Hearing on Precursor Chemicals Used to Manufacture Illicit Synthetic Drugs

Washington, DC –At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control will hold a hearing entitled, “The Precursor Pipeline.”  The hearing will examine the techniques that drug cartels use to procure and finance precursor chemicals that are used to manufacture illicit synthetic drugs, and actions the federal government can take to address this issue. 

EVENT:         Senate Drug Caucus hearing on “The Precursor Pipeline”

WHEN:          Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 608

WHO:             Witness List

  • Ambassador Todd D. Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • William F. Kimbell, Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Ricardo Mayoral, Deputy Assistant Director for International Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Established in 1985, the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, consists of seven members, with four belonging to the majority party.  The Caucus, which is authorized in law and has the status of a standing committee, has held hearings on strengthening U.S. counter-narcotics efforts around the world, narcotics-related corruption, as well as addressing the drug overdose epidemic in America.  In the past decade, the Caucus has drafted reports on the drug trade in Afghanistan, the Caribbean, Mexico, and West Africa, and the connection between U.S. money laundering and organized crime.