U.S. drugs czar stresses need to work with Mexico to stem drug flow

3/2/2017 Reuters

heroin_powderThe head of counter-narcotics at the U.S. State Department stressed on Thursday the importance of working with Mexico in countering the flow of killer drugs, a cooperative effort that has been called into question by U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall.

William Brownfield estimated that more than 90 percent of the heroin consumed in the United States currently comes from Mexico, along with most of the notorious killer drug fentanyl.

The White House has said a wall will stem the flow of drugs, crime and illegal immigration, but Mexico has warned that a breakdown in relations could affect cooperation on these very issues.

While drugs continue to stream across the border, Brownfield argued that the United States was better able to deal with the problem today than a decade or two ago because of international cooperation, including joint operations and intelligence sharing with Mexico.

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