Our Nations Drug Control Policy

October 31, 2019


The Honorable Director Jim Carroll
Office of National Drug Control Policy

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington D.C., 20500

Dear Director Carroll,

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association ( is the nation’s largest non-partisan professional association representing federal law enforcement officers. With over 27,000 members from across all 65 federal law enforcement agencies, many of our members are on the frontlines of protecting America’s war on drugs. Today, we write to you to express our concern regarding the nation’s drug control strategy.

FLEOA views our nation’s drug control strategy in two specific areas: the importation a and trafficking of illegal narcotics as well as the illegal distribution of prescription narcotics.

Across the nation, prescription drug abuse has been on the rise. While the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been making strides in addressing this matter, the awareness needs to continue.

To date, almost 25% of American children don’t receive drug abuse resistance education (DARE) in any form. We need to mandate that 100% of school age children receive this type of education to help them understand the dangers of any substance abuse. Pharmaceutical companies must be held accountable for their sales practices that didn’t clarify the risks of many of the drugs they were creating and advocating for our nation’s medical professionals to use.

The proliferation of narcotic abuse has led to an increased presence of Transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) particularly the Mexican drug cartels that profit from the trafficking and distribution of illegal narcotics to our citizens. It is our belief that greater resources and funding focused on these areas will help enhance our nation’s safety by reducing the availability of these dangerous substances.

None of the aforementioned can be accomplished if we don’t secure our borders. Over 90% of the illegal drugs entering our nation are trafficked through our nation’s southern border. Our CBP and HSI Officers do tremendous work but enhancing our border wall, using enhanced available screening technologies at our Ports of Entry and ensuring we identify all those that enter our nation will help them cut down on the flow of illegal drugs into United States.

FLEOA is recommending enhanced enforcement efforts against Foreign DTOs in the Central and South American nations who are known to traffic tons of illegal drugs into the United States. Cocaine production is up in these countries due to the lax of eradication efforts currently employed, which is down from years past. While the DEA is working to directly target these DTOs, greater funding would have a greater impact on those efforts.

FLEOA is also supporting H.R. 1700 "The Drug Cartel Terrorist Designation Act.” Presently, the Mexican drug cartels are the greatest threat to our nation in combatting the illegal drug trade.

The cartels manage the majority of the supply, importation, and distribution of illegal narcotics within the United States. These cartels present a clear danger to our nation and should be viewed in that lens.

FLEOA urges the Administration to consider designating many of the world’s most violent drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). To be designate as an FTO, an organization must 1) be a foreign organization 2) engage in or retain the capability and intent to engage [in] terrorism and 3) threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national defense, foreign relations, or economic interests of the United States.

Numerous drug cartels employ terrorist tactics that clearly fit this definition, such as the Reynosa/Lose Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel, the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel offshoot of the Sinaloa Cartel. These groups use terror tactics to intimidate and advance their agenda. They threaten the stability of governments across the globe.

The United Nations Security Council has recognized the clear link between drug trafficking and terrorists. Drug cartels have committed heinous acts of terrorism from carrying out bombings that have killed innocent people, conducting ISIS-style beheadings, assassination of government officials and members of law enforcement, and engaging in torture and indiscriminate murder.

Law enforcement officers need to have every tool at their disposal to disrupt and dismantle drug cartels. Labeling cartels that utilize terrorism as FTOs would make it unlawful for any person who knowing provides ‘material support or resources’ to the cartel to enter the United States, prevent any member of a designated drug cartel from legally entering the United States, and allow the Secretary of the Treasury to block all assets possessed or controlled by the drug cartels. We believe that many drug cartel fit the definition of FTOs.

Our recommendations are based on real world expertise and experience fighting against the drug trade in the United States. Working to stop the flow of drugs into and around our nation while ensuring those battling substance abuse receive the support they need will only make the United States stronger.

We appreciate the opportunity to share our expertise and recommendations with you and are always available to provide our subject matter expertise with these issues and can be contacted at

Larry Cosme
National President