King Urges More Military Efforts to Stop Heroin Trafficking

Dec 10, 2015

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King is urging the new commander of the military forces along the nation's southern border to increase efforts to stop heroin from entering the United States.

"We are spending a lot of time here talking about the threat of ISIS and, in the meantime, we have this other threat that is killing, in my state, 200 to 300 people a year."

King says he realizes that curbing the supply is only part of the solution, but says more can and should be done to stop illegal drugs before they get into the United States. He asked incoming SouthComm commander Admiral Kurt Tidd to come up with a list of what he needs to bolster interdiction efforts.