Enforcement on the Guatemala – Mexico Border

According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, over 90 percent of the cocaine from South America that enters the US first travels through Guatemala. The Mexican government employs 125 immigration officers on the 540 mile border between Guatemala and Mexico. In comparison, the United States employs 30,000 agents on its border with Mexico.

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Drug Seizures at El Paso Border Crossing in 2011

Between January 1 and May 23, 2011, Customs officials in the United States seized 491 pounds of cocaine at the El Paso Border crossing in Texas. During the same period in 2010, officials seized 221 pounds of cocaine. 32,000 pounds of marijuana was seized during the time period in 2011 at the border crossing, up from the 25,000 pounds of marijuana that was seized in 2010.

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Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States in 2007

Overdose deaths from painkillers increased from less than 4,000 in 2000 to over 11,000 in 2007. Overdose deaths from cocaine increased from around 3,000 in 2000 to over 5,000 in 2007. Overdose deaths from heroin has remained steady between 2000 and 2007 at around 2,000 a year.

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