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FRONTLINE; What Happened to the Drug War

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What Happened to the Drug War
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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The federal government's multi-billion dollar "war" on drugs is an issue that Bill Clinton largely ignored during his presidential campaign but will now have to confront. Cocaine is flooding across the U.S. border with Mexico in a torrent undiminished by the buildup of federal counter-narcotics forces. An eight-month-long investigation by FRONTLINE shows how smugglers in Texas are defeating the nation's drug war defenses and reveals flaws in the systems set up by the customs service, the border patrol, and the military to detect smugglers.

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