News In Brief

Rechanneling of drug-war funds comes under fire

Democrats and Republicans harshly criticized the administration for planning to use $17 million earmarked for the air war against drug smuggling for office remodeling, pay raises, and computers.

Members of both parties lambasted officials appearing Wednesday before a House Government Operations subcommittee, saying White House budget-cutting is jeopardizing efforts to curb the flow of drugs.

Rep. Claude Pepper (D) of Florida said drugs are more plentiful than ever, noting the wholesale price of a kilogram of cocaine has fallen from $65,000 to $ 15,000 since 1981. ''If it gets any lower, we'll have the drug dealers coming in here asking for price supports,'' said Mr. Pepper.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK