The United States government took a very strong stance against illegal drug trafficking many years ago when the phrase "war on drugs" was first spoken by former President Nixon in the early 1970s. Since that time, the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars in domestic and foreign efforts to stop the internal production of illegal drugs as well the foreign smuggling of illegal substances such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine. Now, many government agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol, Dept. of Homeland Security and Drug Enforcement Agency all work together to monitor and stop the interstate and international drug smuggling efforts. Even local police departments have created Drug Task Force departments to assist in efforts on a more local effort to stop the illegal activity, and one of the monitoring tools that both government and local agencies are using to gather information on drug dealers and cartels are GPS tracking systems.
One of the most consistent things associated with the war on drugs has been the use of covert military and police activities. Whether it has been operations in Columbia, Mexico or some other nation that has built a reputation on creating illegal drugs for the intent of distributing them illegally inside U.S. borders, government and police agencies have always strived to gather information while keeping personnel safe. One of the best ways drug task force and government agencies have been able to gather concrete data and information regarding drug traffickers has been through the use of GPS tracking systems.
GPS tracking devices quickly gained in popularity among police and government agencies because not only would the systems offer unbiased and solid data about the movements of drug traffickers, but it also allowed the police and government agencies to acquire the information without keeping the good guys in danger. This is because once a GPS car tracking unit was placed on a suspected drug trafficker's vehicle, drug task force agencies could then remotely access and monitor the data. The GPS data would then be used to monitor the routes in which drug traffickers bring illegal substances into the U.S., and at the same time the GPS monitoring data could be used as evidence in any potential future criminal trials.
GPS tracking systems have played and continue to play a critical role in the way police gather information about drug operations on both the international and domestic levels. For example, GPS vehicle trackers have also been utilized by local drug task force agencies in Northern California, a region known for being a hot spot for marijuana growing, to conduct surveillance missions and stop illegal drug trafficking. At the same time, GPS car tracking systems have also given drug task force agencies the ability to monitor the activity of drug traffickers operating and distributing illegal substances at the local level of many small town cities.
The war on drugs and fight against illegal drug trafficking will likely be a never ending battle, but with the help of GPS monitoring systems, police and government agencies will be able to covertly acquire data and keep personnel safe.
Source: War On Drugs