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Posts Tagged ‘drug cartels’

Victims of Geography

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire Tropical islands on Caribbean Sea routes are victims of geography. High-volume cocaine trafficking endeavors through the Caribbean’s isolated group of Barranquilla, Cartagena, San Andres and Santa Marta Islands demonstrate Colombian drug cartels’ relentless use of strategic offshore centers.

Ireland’s Netherlands Factor

PA photo   By Ricardo Swire The Republic of Ireland is the main cocaine distribution center for shipments aimed at British users. Seven years ago “Operation Shovel,” an international law enforcement mission, discovered the Costa del Sol criminal empire, valued at £1 billion, international security observers rating Costa del Sol Spain’s most influential cartel.

Underworld Movements

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire In early April 2017 one of Spain’s most wanted felons, “El Canoso” or “Grey-Haired” was arrested in a restaurant in Armenia, Quindio, Colombia.

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.

Observations of an Expat: Trumped in Mexico

Yuri Cortez/AFP   By Tom Arms For a few short hours on Wednesday Enrique Pena Nieto was NOT the most unpopular man in Mexico. During that brief window the mantle was happily shouldered by presidential wannabee Donald Trump.