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Voice of San Diego
September 5, 2018

Prosecutors Are Filing Fewer Cross-Border Drug Cases, Even as More Drugs Cross the Border
By Maya Srikrishnan

Prosecutions of cross-border drug smuggling cases appear to be falling, even as the quantity of hard drugs being seized along San Diego’s border has been on the rise. Analyses by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research center at Syracuse University, show that federal drug prosecutions were already reaching historic lows under the Trump administration even before Attorney General Jeff Sessions instituted a “zero tolerance” policy at the border, under which virtually everyone caught entering the country illegally is charged with a misdemeanor crime. The surge in prosecutions of those crimes only further crowded out other types of prosecutions at the border – including drugs.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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