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Gen. John F. Kelly, U.S. Southern Command: Senator, the first thing everyone should -- needs to understand is, really 100 percent of the heroin that's consumed in the United States -- and we, in fact, are right in the middle of a heroin epidemic, a drug epidemic. A lot of people in this town will say no to that, but we are in the middle of a serious epidemic in -- particularly in -- when it comes to the heroin. So, 100 percent of it is produced here in the United -- or, here in the -- in Latin America. About half of it is produced in Mexico, and the rest of it is produced further south, in various parts of the isthmus -- Central American isthmus in South America. It's a relatively small amount -- 40-50 tons, we think -- of heroin that feeds the heroin epidemic in the United States.
Adm. William E. Gortney, Gen. John F. Kelly, Hearing to Receive Testimony on U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2016 and The Future Years Defense Program (Washington: U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, March 17, 2015): 33-34 <>.