Beef up Caribbean security
WASHINGTON, Sept 14, CMC – A new bipartisan report by the United States Senate has called on Congress and the Obama administration to urgently enhance current security efforts in the Caribbean.
US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley, co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, said “despite impressive gains, drug trafficking, local drug consumption and the US demand for illegal drugs remain major causes of crime and violence”.
In the report dubbed “Preventing a Security Crisis in the Caribbean,” Feinstein, a Democrat, said while the Caribbean has “come a long way since it served as the primary transit route for South American drugs entering the United States in the 1980s,” the United States must do more to “better support our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere to combat the corrosive drug trade and minimize violence”.
Grassley, a Republican, noted that the Caribbean “continues to be a major transshipment zone for narcotics”.