Accession Number : ADA282218

Title :   Evaluating the War on Drugs: US and Colombian Interdiction Efforts.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Pena, Alfonso

Report Date : MAR 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 117

Abstract : During the past decade, a great debate has arisen over the course of drug policy in the United States and in Colombia. In both countries, there are many factors to be considered relating to the issue of drug abuse and narcotics trafficking. There is also a variety of opinion about what to do to solve the problem. This thesis examines the background and nature of cocaine-related activity in Colombia and the transport of cocaine to the US for consumption. Additionally, it inquires into the ongoing efforts of agencies of both countries to enforce an effective interdiction policy. Production, transport, and seizure issues and statistics are discussed, and there is an analysis of the interdiction effort in terms of cost effectiveness and supply and demand. This work concludes that there is a need for reexamination of the intent and execution of policy regarding drug trafficking, exhibited by the failure of current policies based upon statistical evidence. Additionally, there is a recommendation for more partnership between the governments and people of the US and Colombia in addressing the problem

Descriptors :   *COCAINE, *NARCOTICS, *DRUG SMUGGLING, BACKGROUND, COLOMBIA, CONSUMPTION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, DRUG ABUSE, FAILURE, INTERDICTION, POLICIES, PRODUCTION, SUPPLIES, THESES, TRANSPORT, SOCIETIES, ECONOMIC IMPACT, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN).

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE