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Thursday June 5, 2002
Drug Czar: New Homeland Security Department Will Be "Very Helpful" to
(Washington, DC)The proposed consolidation of various border control
agencies into a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security would significantly
improve the efficiency and effectiveness of American drug control efforts,
according to John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy.
"The President's proposal will make our borders more secure and our law enforcement
efforts more productive," said Walters, the nation's Drug Czar. "Organizations
like the Coast Guard, the Border Patrol, and the Customs Service already work
closely together in the field. This plan will enable them to coordinate their
efforts more effectively, and to continue to reduce the supply of dangerous
illegal drugs that are smuggled into our country."
By law, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) certifies the drug
control budgets of many of the agencies involved in the proposed consolidation
plan. It is expected that budget and policy processes will be streamlined and
improved by the proposed reorganization.
"The links between the illegal drug trade and acts of terror have been thoroughly
documented," said Walters. "Tightening the mesh at our borders will help keep
us safer from terrorists, and from the violence and addiction that come from