Reinforcements in the Drug War

Getting ready to use the Navy, FBI, IRS—and paraquat Each new war against illegal drugs has seemed, when the fanfare died down, as futile as shoveling sand from a beach.

The enemy is far too big (the $80 billion drug industry is three times the size of IBM), law enforcement is far too limited (the country has 50% more fugitives who have jumped bail on drug charges than it has narcotics agents), and the efforts of various agencies have been uncoordinated. In an attempt to bring some coherence to the crusade, the Reagan Administration...

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