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Southwest Border Crime

Drug trafficking across the Southwest border presents an acute threat to our national security and is a top priority at NDAA. The office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that 90 percent of the cocaine destined for U.S. markets travels through the Mexico/Central America corridor. Mexico is also the primary foreign source of marijuana and methamphetamine entering U.S. markets and is a source and transit country for heroin as well. Cash and guns flowing from the U.S. southbound are financing the operations of violent drug cartels, arming them and keeping them dangerous.

To effectively reduce the flow of illicit drugs, proceeds and associated instruments of violence north and south across the Southwest border, and to address the myriad criminal justice issues related to drug gangs and trafficking organizations, coordinated efforts between prosecutors, all branches of law enforcement and allied professionals at the local, state and federal levels is a necessity. Strategies targeting supply and demand and emphasizing interagency collaboration and information sharing are vital components of any effort to combat a cross-border industry that is increasingly ruthless, adaptable and complex.



NDAA’s Southwest Border Crime Program is supported by Grant No. 2008-MU-MU-K004 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions on this website are those of NCCP and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.