DRUG CONTROL: State Department Provides Required Aviation Program Oversight, but Safety and Security Should Be Enhanced
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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According to the Department of State, the Andean region continues to cultivate, produce, and export almost all of the worlds cocaine and an increasing amount of heroin. 1 Colombia is the source of 90 percent of the cocaine entering the United States and approximately two-thirds of the heroin found on the East Coast. While coca cultivation estimates have decreased by approximately two-thirds in Bolivia and Peru since 1996, increases in coca cultivation in Colombia have offset much of these successes. 2 Under State s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Office of Aviation, through a contract with DynCorp Aerospace Technology, supports foreign governments efforts to locate and eradicate illicit drug crops in the Andean region. In recent years, DynCorp has maintained and operated aircraft to locate and eradicate drug crops in Colombia, trained pilots and mechanics for the Colombian Army Aviation Brigade, and provided logistical and training support for the aerial eradication programs of the Colombian National Police and manual eradication programs in Bolivia and Peru.
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