Interagency Competition Seeks to Thwart Opioid Trafficking Through the Mail

Government Executive | February 27, 2019

Interagency Competition Seeks to Thwart Opioid Trafficking Through the Mail
The Trump administration announced on Tuesday a new competition with interagency backing to reward private citizens who develop new tools and technologies that help identify illicit opioids trafficked through international mail. Four agencies are collaborating to implement the competition with $1.55 million in prize money to help the administration solve an increasingly significant problem that has continued to escalate as the opioid crisis has taken hold across the country. The competition follows a reform President Trump signed into law last year that will make it harder for foreign countries to send packages into the United States if they do not provide the U.S. government with advanced electronic information about the shipments. It comes after years of investments by a slew of agencies to tackle the growing use of the mail system to traffic opioids.

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Brunson, 50, arrived in the Oval Office on Saturday afternoon after being freed from a Turkish prison on Friday and flying to Germany for a medical checkup at a U.S. military hospital. 'From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that's not bad,' Trump said as he introduced Brunson to the press. Bruson thanked Trump and officials in his administration, as well as senators who had worked toward his release.

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Brunson, 50, arrived in the Oval Office on Saturday afternoon after being freed from a Turkish prison on Friday and flying to Germany for a medical checkup at a U.S. military hospital. 'From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that's not bad,' Trump said as he introduced Brunson to the press. Bruson thanked Trump and officials in his administration, as well as senators who had worked toward his release.

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