Florida May Lose Drug-Fighting Helicopters


With a shortage of military equipment available to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, (U.S. Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld wants to take seven Blackhawk helicopters away from DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) officials in South Florida.

A recent move to tighten border security with Mexico has Florida law enforcement officials worried.

(Miami Congresswoman Illeana) Ros-Lehtinen says these moves will make South Florida vulnerable to more drug trafficking.

ROS-LEHTINEN: We're going to see an influx of drugs into our area that's going to rival the cocaine cowboy days of the 1980s in South Florida. So, we've expressed our concern. And, I'm optimistic we're going to be able to stop that.

Ros-Lehtinen says she plans to call on fellow lawmakers to fight the change. But it's unclear if there is any legislative action congress can take to prevent the helicopters from being diverted.

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