Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) has introduced two bills in the U.S. Senate aimed at curbing the use and importation of illegal drugs.
At a news conference outside the downtown federal building Friday, Cranston said the bills would attack both the demand for and supply of drugs here.
One bill would require federal drug czar William Bennett to devote more manpower to stop drug smuggling in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Miami, cities Cranston said are major ports of entry for illegal drugs.
Under current law, Bennett has the discretion to designate certain cities as “high intensity drug trafficking areas” and provide more personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Coast Guard and other federal agencies.
The second bill would launch a $210-million, three-year program to fund community groups working on anti-drug education and similar programs.
The bills were introduced June 29, according to a Cranston aide.