Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that will allow prosecution in U.S. courts of persons conspiring to sell illegal narcotics overseas.
H.R. 313, the "Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act" would amend existing law to state that persons who conspire in the U.S. to possess or traffic drugs outside of the country or engage in activities in the U.S. to aid drug trafficking abroad can be criminally prosecuted by our judicial system.
The goal of the legislation is to target drug traffickers and distributors from plotting their overseas operations in our country; if they do so, then they will face the full weight of our anti drug laws.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Drug use is a scourge that does not discriminate and knows no boundaries. They destroy countless lives, increase the crime rates in our communities and cost billions of dollars in lost productivity and health care related issues.
Passage of this legislation was needed because it will apply all the tools our judicial system has at its disposal against persons who think they can conspire within our borders to traffic drugs overseas. If they do so, then this legislation allows our prosecutors to go after them and seek the proper convictions. Our nation should not be used as a safe haven for drug trafficking delinquents to plan their illegal international operations."