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The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was a failure in 1987. If the program had been successful, the wholesale price of most illegal drugs would not have dropped substantially in 1987.The argument in the passage would be most seriously weakened if it were true that
(A) in 1987 smugglers of illegal drugs, as a group, had significantly more funds at their disposal than did the country’s customs agents
(B) domestic production of illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987
(C) the author’s statements were made in order to embarrass the officials responsible for the drug-control program
(D) in 1987 illegal drugs entered the country by a different set of routes than they did in 1986
(E) the country’s citizens spent substantially more money on illegal drugs in 1987 than they did in 1986
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Re: program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the count [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2012, 10:43
B is right here.

Argument would weaken if we could find out an alternate reason of price reduction of drugs. B suffies that. The drug import was controlled, but the drugs were locally produced, increasing supply, reducing price.
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Re: program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the count [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 00:28
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B is right here.

Argument would weaken if we could find out an alternate reason of price reduction of drugs. B suffies that. The drug import was controlled, but the drugs were locally produced, increasing supply, reducing price.



Passage says : Program for controlling illegal drugs : failed
If Program succeeded => If the entry of illegal drugs was stopped successfully : Whole sale price would NOT have decreased substantially in 1987
=> Program failed => the entry of illegal drugs was not stopped : whole sale prices decreased substantially => there was increase in supply -decrease in cost

The argument that will WEAKEN this should infer : Program failed BUT whole sale prices did NOT decrease : B
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Re: The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 13:44
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The argument discusses illegal drugs entering the country, but then jumps to the price of illegal drugs in general. The disconnect here is that not all illegal drugs have entered the country. (B) directly address this issue by mentioning the 'domestic production of illegal drugs...'

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Re: The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 03:09
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The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was a failure in 1987. If the program had been successful, the wholesale price of most illegal drugs would not have dropped substantially in 1987.The argument in the passage would be most seriously weakened if it were true that
(A) in 1987 smugglers of illegal drugs, as a group, had significantly more funds at their disposal than did the country’s customs agents
(B) domestic production of illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987
(C) the author’s statements were made in order to embarrass the officials responsible for the drug-control program
(D) in 1987 illegal drugs entered the country by a different set of routes than they did in 1986
(E) the country’s citizens spent substantially more money on illegal drugs in 1987 than they did in 1986


Premise - Price of most illegal drugs have dropped substantially in 1987
Conclusion - Program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was a failure in 1987

Anything which weakens the conclusion above is the answer
In other words anything which strengthen "Program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was NOT a failure in 1987" is the answer

Option B states that the domestic production of illegel drugs increased substantially and therefore the drop could have been possibly due to this and not due to entry from other country, thus weakening the conclusion
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