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Ariz. officials say demand a key issue in drug war

Ariz. officials say demand a key issue in drug war

CREATED May 22, 2012

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal and state law enforcement officials say the fight against border drug trafficking must address reducing demand.
   
The Arizona Republic reports several officials told a congressional panel Monday in Phoenix there needs to be a coordinated effort to decrease the appetite for drugs in the U.S.
   
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Matthew Allen says fewer drugs would get produced and be smuggled into the U.S. if Americans didn't use them.
   
Allen's comment came in response to Congressman Paul Gosar asking about how to improve cooperation among law enforcement at time of government budget cuts.
   
Critics argue the issue of demand hasn't been dealt with while billions of dollars are spent targeting suppliers. Others say devoting resources toward demand is a soft-on-crime stance.
   
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