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Drug Law Enforcement: Military Assistance for Anti-Drug Agencies

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Technical Report

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United States General Accounting Office Washington United States

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The Department of Defense DOD has helped support drug law enforcement efforts for years, especially since the passage of the Posse Comitatus Amendment in 1981, which clarified the role of the military in assisting drug law enforcement agencies. DODS contributions to drug law enforcement efforts have included equipment loans, training for law enforcement agency officials, and radar coverage of major drug trafficking routes. Several provisions of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 authorized specific enhancements to the militarys support of drug law enforcement, such as the loan of four Navy surveillance aircraft to drug law enforcement agencies and the procurement of radar equipment to detect drug smuggling activities. Another provision of the act, section 3057, required that DOD prepare a list of assistance it could make available tofederal drug law enforcement agencies and a plan for promptly providing the assistance to these agencies. Section 3057 also required that DOD convene a conference of federal drug law enforcement agencies to reach agreement on the appropriate distribution of the assistance. We monitored DODs actions pursuant to these requirements of section 3057 and found that DOD generally complied with them.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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