National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy

The Obama Administration’s inaugural National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy (Strategy), published in 2012, provided a blueprint for preventing the illegal trafficking of drugs across the U.S.–Canada border. The Strategy recognized the reality that transnational criminal organizations operating on both sides of the U.S.–Canada border exploit the international boundary to smuggle proceeds from illegal drugs sold in the United States and Canada and to transport drugs such as marijuana, MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine, and cocaine between the two countries.

The 2014 Strategy, released on August 19, 2014, updates and expands upon the previous Strategy. It provides an overview of current counternarcotics efforts and identifies strategic objectives and specific actions that support the goal to substantially reduce the flow of illicit drugs and drug proceeds along the Northern border.

  •  intelligence and information sharing;
  •  interdiction at and between ports of entry, as well as in the air and maritime domains;
  •  disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations;
  •  improving relationships and counterdrug efforts on tribal lands; and
  •  enhancing cooperation with Canada.

2014 National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy

2012 National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy