Accession Number : ADA312434

Title :   Heroin Threat From Colombia.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 31 Jul 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Chappell, James L.

PDF Url : ADA312434

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 96

Abstract : This study assesses the Colombian opium and heroin production threat to the U.S. since it was first perceived in about l990. It compares and contrasts the production of heroin to that of cocaine, including the cultivation, processing and distribution systems and the profit differentials of the drugs. This study discusses the demand and supply factors involved ranging from the streets of U.S. cities to the peasant farmers in the producer countries. It also covers U.S. Government efforts and policies to reduce the supply of Colombian heroin to the U.S. and intergovernmental cooperation and difficulties. The findings reveal that since the heroin trafficking methods are so closely tied to those of the cocaine trade, and current interdiction methods and technologies are as effective for heroin as for cocaine, complete reevaluation of the U.S. supply side of drug control strategy is not necessary. The study concludes that reduction of the supply of illicit drugs will be realized from intergovernmental cooperation and the stiffening of international will and laws against illicit drug trafficking, and in the synergistic effect of a multiangle or total suppression approach to drug enforcement efforts, which includes the demand side of tactics.

Descriptors :   *THREATS, *DRUGS, *COCAINE, *COLOMBIA, *HEROIN, POLICIES, STRATEGY, PRODUCTION, INTERDICTION, STIFFENING, THESES, REDUCTION, SUPPLIES, MILITARY TACTICS, PROFITS, SUPPRESSION, SYNERGISM, OPIUM ALKALOIDS.

Subject Categories : Pharmacology
      Sociology and Law
      Organic Chemistry
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE