The U.S. is Getting Smart on Crime

4.2 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million wholesale, seized by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier February 16, 2017 (photo: DEA)

Almost Everyone Likes the First Step Act

One More Small Change

13 tons of dangerous drugs worth more than $220 million seized by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in 2008 (photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leah Stiles)

Don’t Ignore Experts

“The trial is one of the highest-security court proceedings in New York City since the terrorism prosecutions of suspects in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and a related plot to bomb city landmarks.

Federal agents with bomb-detecting dogs checked the courthouse near Brooklyn’s DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights neighborhoods, while NYPD Emergency Services Unit officers and other security personnel checked the building.” -Kevin McCoy reports in USA Today, November 14, 2018

The Opioid Crisis in the U.S.

“While we want to believe that your passion to get a bill passed is pure, the net effect of your zeal to garner bi-partisan support and rush a bill thorough will benefit not only white-collar inmates and non-violent offenders, but also major narcotics traffickers, — in other words, the worst of the worst. The result will inevitably be that street violence, drug crimes and opioid deaths will increase.” -AFNA letter to Jared Kushner, a key proponent of this bill

Drug and Terror-linked Crime

“The DEA Wall of Honor alone memorializes the lives of 85 brave Americans. Add to this the number of other Federal Law Enforcement Officers, State and Local Officers and Foreign Police Officials who have fallen in the line of duty while combatting drug trafficking and the deaths number in the thousands.” -appeal by the AFNA in a letter to Jared Kushner Nov. 6, 2018

Major Drug Traffickers and Terrorist Organizations

“It has become all too common in recent years for major drug traffickers to have ties with foreign terrorist organizations, many of these terrorist-linked drug kingpins are currently incarcerated in federal prisons. It is highly unlikely that decreased sentences and early release of these kingpins will in any way assist DEA and their international partners in protecting our communities from drug and terror-linked crime.” -excerpt from a a letter submitted to Jared Kushner and signed by top federal-law enforcement agencies

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