Drug War Success Questioned
February 5, 2001
The Drug Enforcement Administration exaggerated its success in a 36-nation anti-drug operation last fall, according to a Miami Herald report.
- The newspaper's probe of the DEA's "Operation Libertador" found some numbers on the burning of marijuana plants were double-counts of a nearly 20-year-old State Department program.
- And while the DEA claimed $30.2 million in criminal assets were seized during the operation, $30 million of that was taken four weeks before the operation started.
- The exercise reported 2,876 arrests, but nearly 1,000 of those were misdemeanor marijuana arrests and the DEA could not account for 375 others.
Source: John Bacon, "DEA operation draws scrutiny," Nationline, USA Today, February 2, 2001.
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