The White House has unveiled the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy which aims to combat the rising drugs trafficking and violence along America’s border with Mexico.
Government officials say the strategy relies on tougher inspections, more enforcement personnel and close coordination with Mexican authorities at the federal, state and local levels.
Weapons and currency smuggling will also be targets of coordinated action by both governments.
The implementation of the policy will be overseen by Gil Kerlikowske, Obama’s director of national drug control policy.
"This new plan …creates a unique opportunity to make real headway on the drug threat," Kerlikowske said, quoted by CNN.
"At the same time, we are renewing our commitment to reduce the demand for drugs in the U.S., which will support this effort," he added.
According to NPR, drug violence killed more than 6,000 people south of the border last year. Meanwhile, a total of 1,000 people died in just the first two months of 2009.
And CNN, quoting Mexican authorities, has reported more than 40 people, including two police officers, have been killed in shootings in the border city of Ciudad Juarez since the beginning of June.