Many Americans may not know this but, for the past several years, U.S. military has been used successfully to combat the growing drug trade and the crime that goes along with it.
Since 2014, the Florida National Guard has assisted in over 2,000 arrests, as well as the confiscation of $14 billion in illicit drugs, cash, and property, this according to Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.
Murphy recently filed an amendment to the House Defense Appropriations bill that would increase counter-drug monies to the Florida National Guard, which already receives about $10 million a year from the program.
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“The international drug trade, and the violence that often accompanies it, poses a threat to our children, our communities, and our country’s security,” said Murphy. “I am so proud that the bill headed to the President’s desk reflects my bipartisan efforts to increase resources for the National Guard counter-drug program, which has disrupted drug trafficking organizations and reduced the supply of illegal drugs entering this country. We must address this problem in a comprehensive way removed from partisan politics.”
President Trump is expected to sign the bill.