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Cocaine Seizures Have Declined From 1991-92 Levels

Agency officials also reported reductions in operational capabilities. Between December 1994 and November 1995, the DOD deactivated three Bahamian Aerostat radars, two Caribbean Basin Radar Network sites, two mobile tactical radars, and two remote high-frequency Link 11 transmitter/receivers. DOD offset these lost radars with two Relocatable Over the Horizon Radar systems which provide a larger area of coverage than the radars they replaced. However, the systems are less effective in detecting and monitoring air events. In addition, reductions in the number of ship days devoted to drug interdiction fell from about 4,400 in fiscal year 1993 to about 2,800 in fiscal year 1995. (See attach. III.) DOD also reported reductions in use of AWACS aircraft.

Cocaine seizures in the entire transit zone have declined from the 1991-92 levels. As shown in figure 1, the amount of cocaine seized declined by about 47 percent, from about 70,000 kilograms to 37,000 kilograms between fiscal years 1992 and 1995.

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