By Grace Brown for Colombian Reports. The United States Congress is debating a bill that seeks to target all chains in the global drug trade and could lead to Colombian coca farmers being charged in the US.
The Transnational Drug Trafficking act, which passed the Senate unanimously in the 112th and 113th Congresses, would provide the Department of Justice with new tools to prosecute international drug traffickers in foreign countries.
If approved by the House of Representatives, people on the lowest rung of the cocaine production ladder, i.e. Colombia’s coca farmers, will be more likely to end up in trouble with US justice for their involvement in the drug trade.
This is a consequence that Colombia’s government and society have not been seeking to impose.
“Since drug cartels are continually evolving, this legislation ensures that our criminal laws keep pace,” said Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Caucus on International Narcotics Control and one of the two creators of the bill.
“To reduce the flow of drugs into the United States, the federal government needs the legal authority to aggressively pursue transnational criminal organizations and drug kingpins in their home countries. This bill gives law enforcement the authority they need to go after these criminals,” said Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, Co-chairman of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control and other creator of the bill.