Public Law 115 – 112 – International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act” or the “INTERDICT Act

[115th Congress Public Law 112]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

PLAW 115publ112

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Public Law 115-112
115th Congress

An Act

To improve the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to
interdict fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and
psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United
States, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Jan. 10, 2018 – [H.R. 2142]>>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: International
Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming
Contraband with Technology Act. 6 USC 211 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “International Narcotics Trafficking
Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology
Act” or the “INTERDICT Act”.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act:
(1) Chemical screening device.–The term “chemical
screening device” means an immunoassay, narcotics field test
kit, infrared spectrophotometer, mass spectrometer, nuclear
magnetic resonance spectrometer, Raman spectrophotometer, or
other scientific instrumentation able to collect data that can
be interpreted to determine the presence of fentanyl, other
synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive
substances.
(2) Commissioner.–The term “Commissioner” means the
Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
(3) Express consignment operator or carrier.–The term
“express consignment operator or carrier” has the meaning
given that term in section 128.1 of title 19, Code of Federal
Regulations (or any similar successor regulation).
SEC. 3. INTERDICTION OF FENTANYL, OTHER SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS, AND
OTHER NARCOTICS AND PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES.

(a) Chemical Screening Devices.–The Commissioner shall–
(1) increase the number of chemical screening devices
available to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers over
the number of such devices that are available on the date of the
enactment of this Act; and
(2) make such additional chemical screening devices
available to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers as the
Commissioner determines are necessary to interdict fentanyl,
other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive
substances that are illegally imported into the United States,
including such substances that are imported through the mail or
by an express consignment operator or carrier.

(b) Personnel to Interpret Data.–The Commissioner shall dedicate
the appropriate number of U.S. Customs and Border

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Protection personnel, including scientists, so that such personnel are
available during all operational hours to interpret data collected by
chemical screening devices.
SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Commissioner
$9,000,000 to ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has
resources, including chemical screening devices, personnel, and
scientists, available during all operational hours to prevent, detect,
and interdict the unlawful importation of fentanyl, other synthetic
opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances.

Approved January 10, 2018.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY–H.R. 2142:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-317 (Comm. on Homeland Security).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 163 (2017):
Oct. 23, 24, considered and passed House.
Dec. 21, considered and passed Senate.
DAILY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS (2017):
Jan. 10, Presidential remarks.

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