Report: Drug cartels move beyond borders

Continuing the thread on Mexico’s drug wars, here’s a very interesting article: Drug Cartels Move Beyond Borders, by Carlos Macias.

The article talks not only about Mexico, but also about

  • Guatemala, where the president’s office had been bugged by drug cartels,
  • Peru’s developing ties between Mexican drug cartels and the Maoist Shining Path guerilla
  • Argentina, which is now a drug trade hub for U.S. methamphetamine and European cocaine demands
    Latin American Thought blog’s Eliot Brockner reports on the recent seizure of 1,000 kilos of cocaine at Buenos Aires’ port. The fact that Mexican drug cartels “can use Argentina as an entry (ephedrine/pseudoephedrine) and exit (cocaine) point suggests there is a fairly well-coordinated smuggling ring capable of transporting large quantities of illicit merchandise across South America,” he writes.

  • Drug shipments from Colombia through Mexico to the United States and on to Italy, and the connection between the Mexican cartels and Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta.

Latin American Thought also points to a Chinese connection:

Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are the two key ingredients used in meth labs for the production of homemade methamphetamines. The ingredients primarily come from China and are legally imported to many countries throughout the world.

Don’t miss also El Universal‘s reports (in Spanish).

The drug trade, crime, and terrorism are linked like the threads woven in a fabric.

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