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 October 4, 2000

Listen to the entire program (14.4 | 28.8)


HOUR ONE: The International War On Drugs
(14.4 | 28.8)

Raymond Kelly

  • Commissioner--U.S. Customs

    Matthew Maher

  • former Director of International Operations of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

    Mathea Falco

  • President, Drug Strategies
  • Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters (l977-8l)

    The war on drugs has always been international-- the coca fields that supplyAmerican addicts lie outside our borders. But Congress and the Presidentdramatically escalated U-S involvement overseas with the recent approval of$1.3 billion in aid to help Colombia fight narco-traffickers.

    HOUR TWO: The Illegal Drug Business
    (14.4 | 28.8)

    Mike McDonald

  • 27-year veteran of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division
  • Expert on money laundering

    Carlos Toro

  • Childhood friend of Medellin Drug cartel leader, Carlos Lehder
  • Informant working for the DEA

    Greg Passic

  • Retired special agent, DEA and Dept. of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
  • Consultant on money laundering

    The international trade in illegal drugs is worth about 400 Billion dollarsa year-- that's as big as the worldwide textile business. The U.S.government's ability to fight the trade is hampered by the sheer size, andincreasing sophistication of the business. (This discussion was recorded at Georgetown University's Law Center.)

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