Agents Fight Drug Trafficking with Intelligence Center

Federal agencies continue to struggle in the fight against drug trafficking. But law enforcement officials recently told Congress that an Intelligence Center in El Paso is helping agents better police the Mexico border.

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Officials from several law enforcement agencies told Congress the biggest obstacle to fighting drug trafficking is the lack of intelligence sharing. But the El Paso intelligence center, or EPIC, is trying to change the relationship between federal and local police. It was hailed as a primary intelligence tool in fighting drug importation from Mexico. Anthony Placido of the Drug Enforcement Agency says the center can help bring police groups together.

Congress recommends putting one department in charge of the effort of intelligence sharing. Many believe homeland security is best suited for the job.

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