A TOP American anti-narcotics expert on Tuesday said that the country’s situation and problem in the field of illegal drug-trafficking is bound to become more ‘worse’ even before it could get better.
This is the assessment made by Ambassador William Brownfield, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on the current situation of illegal drugs problem in the country.
“I am sorry to say this but I fear the problem is going to get worse before it gets better,” Brownfield told reporters in a chance interview in Camp Crame on Tuesday.
The American official has met with Philippine law enforcement officials, led by Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd discussing the threat posed by illicit drugs and drug trafficking in the country.
Brownfield made the assessment based on the successful operation by the US government against illegal drugs wherein in which in the past ten years they were able to reduce the demand for coccaine and methamphetamine by 50 percent. .
Brownfield said drug trafficking organizations will look for new markets and opportunities with some groups will go to Europe and others will head for East Asia in which the Philippines could be the point of entry.
The American official said that South America, Bolivia, Peru and Columbia that still produces cocaine may cross the Pacific thru either cargo or commercial means to look for another country and possibly cross the Philippines.
Brownfield suggested that the Philippines and US will strongly cooperate to fight this problem and apply what they have learned to the benefits of their people and ensure putting a stop on illicit drug trafficking. ANTHONY VARGAS