WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), both members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced the bipartisan Enhancing Intelligence Collection on Foreign Drug Traffickers Act of 2024.

“Drug traffickers like the Sinaloa cartel and CJNG are a national security threat, and yet we are purposefully tying our own hands in the fight against them and their affiliates,” said Congressman Dan Crenshaw. “This bill will refocus our intelligence collection on the cartels.”

“By expanding Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to include the targeting of international drug trafficking networks, we are taking decisive action to combat the devastating impact of illicit drugs, including fentanyl, on our communities,” said Rep. Chrissy Houlahan. “This bill not only enhances our ability to disrupt these transnational criminal operations but also underscores our commitment to safeguarding public health and safety. Together, we are advancing vital measures to confront the opioid epidemic head-on and protect the well-being of all Americans."


Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorizes the intelligence community to collect the electronic communications of a non-U.S. person, located outside the United States, who possesses foreign intelligence information. The current categories of foreign intelligence information authorized to be collected by targeting these non-U.S. persons are covered by only three “certifications”:

  1. Foreign governments and related entities
  2. Counterterrorism
  3. Combatting proliferation

Bill Summary:

Today, the intelligence community can only target narco-traffickers if they have a connection to the above three certifications. This legislation is a modified version of Section 511 of H.R.6611, the HPSCI-passed FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2023. It modifies the definition of “foreign intelligence information” in FISA to include information that relates to the “international production, distribution, or financing of illicit synthetic drugs, opioids, cocaine, or other drugs driving overdose deaths, or precursors of any aforementioned.”

This legislation would finally pave the way for the U.S. government to seek, and for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to approve, the creation of a fourth certification focused on international drug production, distribution, and financing of fentanyl.

Read the full text of the bill here.