South America’s Cocaine Traffickers Are Heading South

Argentina’s National Security Ministry displays a seizure of fake World Cup trophies that were used to smuggle cocaine, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 21, 2018 (photo by Argentina’s National Security Ministry via AP Images).
Argentina’s National Security Ministry displays a seizure of fake World Cup trophies that were used to smuggle cocaine, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 21, 2018 (photo by Argentina’s National Security Ministry via AP Images).
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It probably comes as no surprise that most of the world’s cocaine is produced in just three countries: Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. It is also probably no surprise that the biggest consumer markets for cocaine are in the United States and Europe. But after decades of media coverage of the violent turf wars over northward cocaine-trafficking routes through Central America and Mexico, it may spark interest to learn that South America’s Southern Cone countries have become the region’s new battleground for organized crime.  Ports in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, in particular, have become prized turf for drug-trafficking criminal gangs for […]

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