Sumner Canary


There are three principal aspects to the enforcement of narcotic laws. They are: (1) the apprehension of the criminal; (2) the prosecution of the offender; and (3) the sentencing of a convicted offender. The United States Attorney is concerned primarily with the prosecution of cases which are prepared by other agencies and presented to him. For the most part, the prosecution of narcotic cases is relatively simple because there is little sympathy on the part of any juror for criminals of this type. Most narcotics come from foreign countries and come into the United States at seaports. Today most narcotics come into Cleveland from New York and some from Chicago and Detroit. However, with the opening of the St. Lawrence seaway I anticipate the possibility of some drug importation into Cleveland which will seriously increase the local enforcement problem.


Two Views on the Federal Narcotics Law Problem - I