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The guns-for-drugs trade: implications for U.S. foreign policy

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Authors
Uresti, Eradio E.
Subjects
Firearms trafficking
Drug trafficking
U.S./Latin America
Advisors
Tollefson, Scott D.
Date of Issue
1991-12
Date
December 1991
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
This thesis is a comprehensive study of the relationship between weapons and narcotics trafficking--a phenomenon referred to as the "guns-for-drugs-trade". It focuses on trafficking that occurs throughout the United States and Latin America. The thesis identifies the actors, motivating factors, types of weapons, methods of smuggling, system dynamics, implications and prevalent problems found in combatting the trade. Several options are offered for U.S. policy which include neglecting the problem altogether, increasing interdiction efforts, passing stricter laws and harsher penalties, increasing intergovernmental cooperation and bolstering cooperation among law enforcement agencies, both foreign and domestic. In conclusion, the thesis proposes that any solution should address both U.S. and Latin American concerns, emphasize cooperation and apply lessons learned during the drug wars..
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Thesis
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National Security Affairs (NSA)
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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