For this week’s argument draft I am looking at my topic, drug trafficking and the United States, from a governmental perspective. One thing that is important in understanding the business of illegal drug trafficking is that it is not like any other organized business in that there are no rules. If a deal goes bad people do not get fired from their job, they get killed. Drugs fuel so much of our nation’s crimes that it cost the U.S. economy over $180 billion annually in lost earnings, health care and social welfare costs, and the loss of goods and services (Tandy p.1). Moreover, drug trafficking plays a role in financing international terrorism. This is upsetting because due to our high demand for drugs in the United States, it is as if we are empowering the terrorist organizations that have attacked us and still continue to threaten our nation to this day.
The illegal drug trafficking business is fueled by the huge cash pile it generates through the cheap process of making the drugs and making such high profits. For example, methamphetamine cost approximately $300 to $500 per kilo to produce and is sold on the streets of the U.S. for nearly $60,000 per kilo (Bergman p.3). Sixty-five billion dollars worth of drug money is passed around each year in the United States. It is the DEA’s job to try and seize those drugs and drug money to try and diminish the power of the illegal business in an attempt to permanently dismantle the drug trafficking organizations.
The DEA is combating these issues both domestically and internationally. They must work with global partners in countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, and Mexico to try and target these traffickers and increase chemical control efforts abroad. Based on my research, numbers have proven that an increase in the funding of the DEA for Priority Target investigations, investigations systems, training facilities, and supporting additional Special Agent positions has led to new records in seizing illicit drug proceeds and related assets. So a solution that I would ponder for my white paper would be to increase government funding of the DEA.