Sustained disruption of drug traffickers in the Caribbean and the eastern Pacific has already saved 600 American lives, head of U.S. Southern Command Adm. Craig Faller told the Washington Examiner in an exclusive interview in which he described the progress made since President Trump announced an enhanced counternarcotics effort on April 1.
“It’s time to get after putting relentless pressure on the enemy,” Faller said in a Zoom interview with the Washington Examiner from his office at U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami.
“I look at it as this vicious circle of threats,” he said, describing how transnational criminal organizations and narcoterrorists feed a cycle of corruption that threatens democracies and harms security across the region.
The estimate for American lives saved takes into account the drugs taken off U.S. streets and an annual estimate of 70,000 Americans who die each year from illegal drug-related overdoses.
“It’s a recognition that that threat has persisted and has grown