Issue of the Day: Border Drug Arrest on Eve of Spring Break
Project America - Issue of the Day: Border Drug Arrest on Eve of Spring Break

Published Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the arrest of 750 individuals on narcotics-related charges and the seizure of more than 23 tons of narcotics in a multi-agency investigation known as Xcellerator. This announcement comes on the heels of the State Department warning college students to use caution when entering the spring break Mecca. The warning spoke of “the greatest increase in violence” occurring on the U.S.-Mexico border and thus advises use of caution. The state department’s web site also stresses that alcohol is “involved in the vast majority of arrests, accidents, violent crimes, rapes, and deaths suffered by American students on Spring Break.” Vacationers are also alerted that drug use, purchase, or possession can lead to jail “without bail for up to a year before a case is tried.”

According to the FBI, the number of adults in the prison system per capita has remained steady over the years as the rate remains consistent with the population. By far the largest number of arrests comes from drug arrests for both adults and juveniles. The drug arrests for adults has seen a sharp increase over the last decade with a slight decrease last year. For juvenile drug arrests, the reverse has occurred: the decade-long doubled rate has returned to its previous rate of an average 100,000 a year. As for the drugs of choice, adults and juveniles choose most commonly marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.

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2 Responses to “Border Drug Arrest on Eve of Spring Break”
  1. LAURA says:


  2. laceyloftin says:


    The FBI has informed me that they are not able to track deaths associated with spring break. Even if we were to break down death by month it would be hard to separate the deaths by cause. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control does not separate deaths that occur during or as a result of spring break activities. The Public Health Department in the various states (I checked Florida) where student may go for spring break, as well, do not have this information readily available. And this count would not take into consideration that many students go outside the country during this time and those records are out of reach at the moment.

    I am sorry I can’t help. The information would be interesting to see.

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