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WASHINGTON ? The purity of South American heroin on U.S. streets declined sharply last year as prices increased for the first time, the strongest indication yet that an aggressive anti-drug program in Colombia may be having an impact in the United States, U.S. drug czar John Walters said yesterday.
But Walters recognized there was still no change in the purity and price levels of cocaine, by far Colombia's largest drug crop and the top moneymaker for drug traffickers. U.S. officials hope the heroin numbers are an early indicator that eventually will carry over into cocaine.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration Domestic Monitor Program, which uses samples obtained through undercover purchases to measure purity, South American heroin was 32.5 percent pure in 2004, down from 41.8 percent in 2003. The price was $1 per milligram in 2004 versus 77 cents a year earlier.
In the past, the Bush administration has cited statistics from fewer kidnappings to record crop eradications as proof that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, an erstwhile U.S. ally, was making headway against drug traffickers.
Colombia receives about $700 million a year in U.S. aid.
Quote: The purity of South American heroin on U.S. streets declined sharply last year as prices increased for the first time, the strongest indication yet that an aggressive anti-drug program in Colombia may be having an impact in the United States
So the people in the US who are addicted to heroin will be forced to resort to more crime to pay for lower quality, higher priced drugs. This is John Walters' indicator of success?? Yes, it's "having an impact", a negative impact.
Well there's $700 million (although I believe that figure is higher) down the drain.