27 Feb '14, 12am

U.S. takes a step back in the drug wars: Tons more cocaine, heroin and other drugs are crossing the ... #airforce

U.S. takes a step back in the drug wars: Tons more cocaine, heroin and other drugs are crossing the ... #airforce

Tons more cocaine, heroin and other drugs could be crossing the border into the United States each year because budget shortfalls have forced the military to scale back interdiction efforts, top generals told lawmakers on Tuesday. Marine Gen. John Kelly and Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commanders of U.S. Southern and Northern commands, respectively, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that there has been a steady decline in interdiction over the past several years. For example, SOUTHCOM has intercepted 40 less tons of cocaine, heroin and other drugs, than it did in 2011, Kelly said during the hearing on the posture of the two commands. “Force allocation cuts by the services are taking their toll on operational results,” he said. “In 2013, Operation Martillo disrupted 132 metric tons of cocaine, compared with 152 metric tons of cocaine in 2012, due to limited as...

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