The Ethereal Texis Cartel

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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.

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Philippines: The Police’s murderous war on the poor

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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.

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Dominican Republic’s Drug Trafficking Distinction

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Ricardo Swire

Caribbean tourists of mixed nationalities are transported by planes and ships that frequently come and go, a perfect camouflage for transnational traffickers.

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Manila residents speak out about Duterte’s war on drugs

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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.

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The Third Border

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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.

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The Southern Cone

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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.

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Colombia’s Cocaine Smuggling Legacy

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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.

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