What is the description of the Obama administration’s National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy?

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The Obama administration's National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy was launched in 2014 and sought to lay out the administration's strategy for tackling illegal drug trafficking across the border between the United States and Canada. The strategy viewed the workload as a joint one in which both the United States and Canada must take responsibility and work together to prevent smuggling of drugs such as ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

The goal of the strategy was to significantly reduce the passage of illegal drugs and drug money across the border between the United States and Canada.

Its objectives were to increase information sharing and intelligence cooperation between the US and Canada; to interdict drugs and drug proceeds at ports along the border, as well as at naval ports and in the air; to improve cooperation with tribal governments along the border in order to act more preemptively against drugs; and to prosecute and investigate those believed to be operating already along the border.

In order to achieve its goals, the strategy also includes the development of resources and increased provision of training for state, local, tribal, American federal and Canadian law enforcement bodies. It would also improve cooperation with Canada on all fronts. Responsiveness at all ports would be increased, and the financial infrastructures of drug smuggling organisations would be targeted as a priority. It was observed that extra efforts had to be expended on Native reservations because these tribal lands are often used as a means to smuggle illicit drugs. The strategy also hoped to prevent the emergence of new drug threats.

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