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New National Counternarcotics Strategy

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Aired 6/5/09

The Obama Administration has announced a new strategy to combat drug trafficking across the US Mexico border. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains the strategy pushes new technology and information sharing.

The Obama Administration has announced a new strategy to combat drug trafficking across the U.S. Mexico border. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains the strategy pushes new technology and information sharing.

The Obama Administration's new counternarcotics strategy calls for new technology at border crossings to help intercept illegal drugs.

It also calls for using new biometric identification systems between the ports of entry and new methods to find drug smuggling tunnels.

The plan seeks more staff and resources for U.S. Attorney's Offices along the border.

It proposes a new border database for local law enforcement and standardizing communications between local, state and federal authorities along the border.

President Barack Obama pledged to work with Mexico to crackdown on drug trafficking.

To that end, the new strategy also advocates stemming demand for drugs in the US and the flow of guns and cash to Mexico.

The administration has appointed three San Diegans - including Mayor Jerry Sanders - to a new task force to help analyze the Department of Homeland Security's work along the border.

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