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Topic - William Brownfield
A top U.S. drug official says the United States is facing a "nationwide heroin crisis."
Lawmakers say it is time to treat Latin American drug cartels like terrorist organizations, highlighting alarm about possible links between the two kinds of groups after Iran's alleged efforts to recruit drug lords to kill a Saudi diplomat in Washington.
Brownfield said the U.S. has gotten better at interrupting cocaine and methamphetamine flows from Latin America.
Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield says heroin addicts and abusers have increased 75 percent in the last four years.