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The Ethereal Texis Cartel

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire As the War on Drugs reverberates around the region several Mexican drug cartels have expanded their smuggling routes, establishing new markets in Central America.

Airborne Cocaine

By Ricardo Swire Several factors make trans-Atlantic air routes attractive to Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs). In the 1970s and ’80s drug plane pilots navigated unimpeded between Colombia and staging areas near the US border.

The Bahamas’ Mixed Signals

Ahvia J Campbell   By Ricardo Swire Caribbean archipelago the Bahamas’ approximately 388,000 residents abhorred news of seven dead in the capital Nassau, during a single February 2017 weekend.

Las Moicas

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire Las Moicas is a powerful, invisible, drug trafficking entity headquartered in Michoacán state on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Members primarily cook Methamphetamine and Heroin, then hide the drugs in either vehicle engine or transmission parts, smuggled across Mexico’s border with America.

Updated Kingpin List

DEA photo   By Ricardo Swire The Kingpin List is a key United States Treasury Department tool, used to help infiltrate and dismantle invisible multi-million dollar foreign criminal syndicates.

Classic Money Laundering

ANP photo   By Ricardo Swire Rabobank N.A is one of the Netherlands’ largest financial institutions. Fiscal specialists allocate a “Triple A” rating to the influential entity in Europe, the Bank’s assets worth more than US$550 billion.

Upgraded Intelligence Protocols

Textron photo   By Ricardo Swire America’s intelligence community entered 2017 freshly equipped with “new rules” to govern dissemination of SIGINT or “raw signals intelligence information.”

Drug Traffickers

By Ricardo Swire The Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs, 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), named Jamaica as a transit point for cocaine trafficked from South America to North America and international markets.

Cuba’s Security

Adalberto Roque/AFP   By Ricardo Swire “Socialism or Death” was his famous rallying cry. First issued in an era when Western designed democracy swept the globe, Communist regimes in China and Vietnam embraced capitalism, leaving Cuba an economically crippled Marxist curiosity. The legendary Fidel Castro overcame imprisonment at the hands of Dictator Fulgencio Batista and […]

The Southern Cone

By Ricardo Swire Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the tip of Brazil make up the Southern Cone. Argentinian counter-narcotics teams battle South America’s second largest domestic cocaine market after Brazil.

Colombia’s Cocaine Smuggling Legacy

Luis Alberto Cruz Hernandez/AP   By Ricardo Swire From the advent of transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) Colombia was first to top the list of most violent and sophisticated Drug Cartels worldwide.

Redefined Drug Trafficking Routes

USCG photo   By Ricardo Swire New drug trafficking patterns indicate the reintroduction of popular 1980s Caribbean routes. Drug shipment corridors between Peru, Colombia and the US are flexible, constantly evolving in response to law enforcement interdiction efforts or varying markets.

African leaders doing little to stem illicit drug trafficking

Marco Vernaschi   By Joe Khamisi Over the past decade Africa has moved closer to the top tier of countries most involved in the international smuggling of illicit drugs.