U.S. Shouldn’t Abandon Counternarcotics Effort in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – As the United States prepares to wind down military operations in Afghanistan, we must not withdraw support for one of the most critical efforts to ensure security and stability in the region: the decade-long effort to curtail the Afghan drug trade.  Very little product from the Afghan drug trade, namely heroin, is actually consumed in the United States. The majority

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Feinstein, Grassley Report Outlines Strategies to Strengthen U.S. Anti-Money Laundering Practices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today released a bipartisan report entitled The Buck Stops Here: Improving U.S. Anti-Money Laundering Practices that provides recommendations for Congress and the Obama Administration to strengthen anti-money laundering laws and regulations in the United States. “Drug traffickers are motivated by one thing: money. The

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Feinstein, Grassley Introduce Bill to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

WASHINGTON – Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today introduced legislation to combat transnational organized crime. The Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2013, which passed the Senate unanimously in 2011 but was not considered in the House of Representatives, provides the Justice Department new tools to prosecute foreign drug traffickers.             “Drug traffickers

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Feinstein: GAO Report Examines Effect of State Laws on Methamphetamine Labs

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today released a Government Accountability Office report: State Approaches Taken to Control Access to Key Methamphetamine Ingredient Show Varied Impact on Domestic Drug Labs.             The GAO report examines the effect of prescription-only laws and electronic tracking for pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the clandestine manufacture of

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Feinstein, Grassley Release Report on Strategies to Prevent a Security Crisis in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today released a bipartisan report entitled Preventing a Security Crisis in the Caribbean that provides recommendations for Congress and the Obama Administration to enhance current security efforts in the Caribbean.             “The Caribbean region has come a long way since it served as the primary

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Senate Drug Caucus Holds Hearing on Prescription Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, held a hearing today on prescription drug abuse.             According to a recent survey by Monitoring the Future—a University of Michigan study of U.S. students and young adults funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse—prescription drugs are the second-most abused category

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