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[Bill Barr:] Source: LYBIO.net
Thank you, Mr. President, thanks for your decisive leadership as we confront this unprecedented challenge posed by corona – coronavirus.
And I’d like to thank you for your support for this important initiative and thank all of the, Secretary of Defense and all the services for taking on this important initiative.
Obviously during this crisis, we’re all focused above all else on COVID-19 –
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We’re going to stay listening in obviously to this task force and as soon as we get an update on the pandemic itself then of course we will come back – it’s still an interesting decision by the President to lead the task force with this…
[Bill Barr:] Source: LYBIO.net
– but at the same time, our law enforcement and national security work must go forward protecting the American people from the full array of threats.
For the Department of Justice, one of our highest priorities must remain destroying the Mexican cartels. Their trafficking is largely responsible for the deaths, as we all know now, of 70,000 Americans a year.
And also the cost of this don’t count the destroyed families, the destroyed lives, the draining of our national treasure as state budgets are crushed by the burden that this narcotic trafficking causes.
The President has made clear that we are in this fight against the cartels to win and that we are not interested in half-measures. And that the threat posed by the cartel is not just a law enforcement threat, but a national security threat as well.
And in December, building on your success with the Mexican president and forging a cooperative relationship in the area of immigration, you asked me to go down and meet with the President Lopez Obrador and our Mexican counterparts to see if we could also establish a more comprehensive and coordinated effort with the Mexicans in confronting the cartels. A
And we’ve had some successful visits and discussions and currently have an array of activities underway against the cartels and we anticipate along with the Mexicans that these are going to bear fruit in the months ahead.
But it quickly became clear that we can obtain the most immediate results, the best bang for the buck, where we increase the assets involved in interdiction on both the Pacific and Atlantic side of Mexico in the Central American countries.
For years, the cartels have been using these sea routes to take the cocaine up from principally Columbia, now also out of Venezuela.
And these sea routes on both coasts have become the primary means of bringing cocaine up to the United States. Because of the superb work done by the Defense Department and our intelligence community, we know exactly most of the time where these traffickers are at sea.
But we’re significantly have been up til now, significantly limited in our ability to interdict because of the numbers of the assets we have deployed.
Prior today, this limitation meant we could only intercept the fraction of the traffickers that were – and the various boats that were detected.
This will now double our capacity and we are talking about hundreds of tons of cocaine – we’re now in a position to seize.
So this is going to radically improve our interdiction efforts and put tremendous pressure we think on the cartels.
And the effort that SOUTHCOM is undertaking is going to save lives by taking drugs off the street. Last week, I announced the unsealing of charges of narco terrorism drug trafficking and other crimes against the former Maduro regime, 16 members of that regime and their involvement in trafficking of 250 metric tons a year.
A lot of that comes by sea, as I discussed at that time, but also because of the pressure we’re applying by our sea interdiction. They are trying to establish an air route out of Venezuela up into Central America, which is one of the reasons we’re trying to move firmly against that corrupt regime.
You know, this drug war has gone on for many decades and at times in the past we’ve had great success and great results and at times we’ve taken our eye off the ball.
Fortunately not in this administration, and I’m grateful that you, Mr. President, have brought focus to this fight and the determination to use whatever tools are necessary to win the fight.
The cartels have to be defeated both for the people of this country and for the people of Mexico and Venezuela.
So I’d like to thank you again, Mr. President, Secretary Esper for providing the wherewithal required to help win this war against the cartels and others who seek to send elicit drugs into our country.
And with that, I’d like to introduce Ambassador O’Brien.
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