SAI applies cutting edge technologies to challenging research problems in the field of public policy. We specialize in the study of behavior that is typically unobservable: criminal activity, illicit drug use, drug trafficking, money laundering and related phenomena. Advanced methods in mathematical modeling, statistical estimation, and computer simulation are brought to bear on problems often thought to be unsolvable by more conventional means.

Estimating Outbound Drug-Related Bulk Cash

Under certain circumstances the proceeds of domestic criminal activity can pose a threat to national security. Using information retained by the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS) and other sources, SAI worked closely with the Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center, and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Customs and Border Protection, to develop a method for monitoring the quantity of drug-related bulk cash exiting the country each year at ports of entry on the Southwest Border of the United States.

Materials associated with this work are currently FOUO.