Bill to Halt Transnational Drug Trafficking Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk
Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 32, the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced an identical House companion bill, H.R. 3380, with Congressman Pedro Pierluisi on July 29, 2015. The House Judiciary Committee favorably reported H.R. 3380 by a voice vote on April 20.
This legislation combats the importation of chemicals used to make illicit drugs in the United States by improving law enforcement’s ability to pursue source nation drug manufacturers, brokers, and drug trafficking distributors who do not actually traffic narcotics into the United States. Under current law, high-level individuals in drug trafficking organizations can evade prosecution by claiming they did not know the drugs were destined for the United States. However, the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act will impose penalties on trafficking in “listed chemicals,” which are used to produce illegal drugs like methamphetamine and will ensure those who knowingly send precursor chemicals intended to create dangerous and addictive drugs will face punishment.
Rep. Marino released the following statement:
“Drug addiction has become a serious epidemic affecting communities and families all across the United States. However, the fight against addiction begins well beyond our borders. Loopholes in current law allow foreign manufacturers of controlled substances and precursor chemicals to evade conviction by denying their intent to bring narcotics to the United States. This bill will ensure those intending to bring these dangerous substances into the U.S. will not escape justice based on a technicality, but will incur the penalties they so rightfully deserve. I encourage President Obama to sign this legislation swiftly so that our law enforcement officials have every tool they need to stop bad actors and the flow of deadly substances into our country and our communities.”