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Posts Tagged ‘war on drugs’

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.

Philippines: The Police’s murderous war on the poor

Noel Celis/AFP   By Amnesty International Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

Dominican Republic’s Drug Trafficking Distinction

Ricardo Rojas/Reuters   By Ricardo Swire Caribbean tourists of mixed nationalities are transported by planes and ships that frequently come and go, a perfect camouflage for transnational traffickers.

Manila residents speak out about Duterte’s war on drugs

Ezra Acayan/Reuters   By Ezra Acayan Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte completes six months in charge today, with the rising death toll from his war on drugs showing no sign of easing.

The Third Border

By Ricardo Swire Caribbean nations’ importance as the US “third border” is often overlooked. America and Canada depend on law enforcement cooperation in illegal drug trafficking, migrant smuggling and financial crimes that threaten both foreign and regional security interests.

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.

The Caribbean Basin’s ‘Northern Triangle’

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire The Caribbean Basin extends from Florida westward along the Gulf coast, meandering south along the Mexican coast via Central America. The Basin extends eastward, across the northern coast of South America, a geopolitical region that includes the West Indies archipelago. The ongoing “Drug War” moved north from Colombia, then […]