International Narcotics Control Strategy Report.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC
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The international drug trade had little to cheer about in 1995, as several key countries intensified their efforts against it. Though some governments acted more vigorously than others, by early 1996 there were more prominent drug figures behind bars than in any comparable period in the past few years. Drug crop eradication, a measure once fiercely resisted by many of the major drug cultivation countries, gained better acceptance as a means of limiting cocaine and opium production. National drug enforcement units, often supported by USG resources, continued to disrupt trafficking organizations, choke off key trafficking routes, destroy drug refining laboratories, and seize important quantities of cocaine and heroin. More countries enacted tougher money laundering laws and tightened restrictions on the commerce in precursor chemicals. And perhaps most importantly, governments of several countries pivotal to the drug trade found themselves obliged to confront the corruption that has given the drug trade access to the highest levels of government. These encouraging developments confirmed the overall soundness of current antidrug policies.
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