This report presents the goal and 11 strategic objectives of the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy ("the Strategy").
The goal of the Strategy is to produce a substantial reduction in the flow across the Southwest border of illicit drugs, drug proceeds, and associated instruments of violence. In achieving this goal, one strategic objective is to enhance intelligence and information-sharing capabilities and processes associated with the Southwest border. A second objective is to interdict drugs, drug proceeds, and associated instruments of violence at the ports of entry along the Southwest border. A related objective is to conduct the same type of interdiction between the ports of entry. A fourth objective is to conduct the same type of interdiction in the air and maritime domains along the Southwest border. A fifth objective is to disrupt and dismantle drug-trafficking organizations that operate along the Southwest border, and a sixth objective is to stem the flow of illicit proceeds across the Southwest border into Mexico. A seventh objective is to stem the flow of illegal weapons across the border. An eighth objective is to provide improved counterdrug technological capabilities and capacities for drug investigation and interdiction activities along the Southwest border. A ninth objective is to develop strong and resilient communities that resist criminal activity and promote healthy lifestyles. The enhancement of United States - Mexico cooperation on joint counterdrug efforts is a tenth objective. A tunnel strategy is the focus of the eleventh objective. This involves improving tunnel-detection technology and capabilities, improving interagency coordination on tunnel-related activities and investigations; and using task forces for interagency tunnel operations.
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