FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rafael Lemaitre 2023956649
Friday, May 30, 2002
WHITE HOUSE DRUG CZAR APPOINTS ADMIRAL THOMAS COLLINS
AS UNITED STATES INTERDICTION COORDINATOR
Washington, DCJohn P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy,
today appointed U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas H. Collins as the
United States Interdiction Coordinator (USIC). The United States Interdiction
Coordinator is responsible for harmonizing drug interdiction efforts with federal
drug control agencies, U.S. Ambassadors and military commanders, and ensures
that U.S. interdiction assets are optimized and effective. Admiral Collins'
appointment is effective immediately.
ONDCP Director John P. Walters said, "Admiral Collins understands the devastating
impact drug abuse has on our communities and the necessity for a balanced drug
control policy. His experience with effective drug interdiction strategies
supports the President's philosophy of disrupting the market of illegal drugs.
Drug trafficking and consumption threaten the rule of law, democratic institutions
and human rights throughout the world. The President's strategy of attacking
the economic basis of the drug trade will reduce the volume of illegal drugs
reaching our shores, reduce the threat international terrorist organizations
pose, and strengthen democratic institutions abroad. We look forward to working
with him as part of our united effort to reduce drug use in America."
President Bush's 2002 National Drug Control Strategy, released last February,
calls for a 10 percent reduction in drug use over the next two years and a
25 percent reduction over five years. The Strategy focuses on preventing drug
use before it starts, healing America's drug users and disrupting the market
for illegal drugs.