New Mexico – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been appointed to a Senate caucus that monitors and encourages international cooperation against drug abuse and narcotics trafficking.
Informally known as the Senate Drug Caucus, the group also promotes international compliance with narcotics control treaties.
It regularly holds hearings and reports on U.S. narcotics control policy, with topics that have included eradication, trafficking, interdiction, border control, drug strategies, assessments of federal programs and money laundering issues.
Udall said it's an important issue because, with 180 miles of international border, New Mexico has numerous problems associated with drug smuggling.
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