Latin American illicit drug business

Is the Latin American illicit drug business changing?
Latin American drug cartels have shown themselves to be powerful, resilient, and flexible organisations which for decades have been major players supplying the US and international markets with illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin.... Read More
Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin and prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodon), codeine, morphine, fentanyl, methadone, and others.... Read More
In the early stages of the opioids crisis the roles of the three main countries – the US, China, and Mexico - appeared relatively clear.... Read More
According to Felbab-Brown’s testimony small and middle level actors in China’s chemical and pharmaceutical industries are at the forefront of supplying Mexico’s criminal cartels with fentanyl precursors.... Read More
Theoretically at least, greater control and reduction of the fentanyl business can be achieved by closer cooperation along the three bilateral sides of the US-China-Mexico triangle.... Read More
Populist leaders like Trump on the right or AMLO on the left are notorious for creating an electorally focused narrative which disregards any inconvenient facts.... Read More
In both countries public debate over fentanyl is deeply influenced by electoral politics.... Read More
The political situation, in effect, makes it difficult for the Democratic Party administration of President Joe Biden to fully confront the fentanyl problem.... Read More
On 12 August, Colombian President Gustavo Petro shared some of his thinking on his country’s evolving anti-drug policies on X (formerly Twitter).... Read More
The idea that fentanyl addiction is unlikely to take root in South America may be over-optimistic.... Read More
In conclusion and returning briefly to the eight headlines dating back six years ago, the fact that there has been little change underlines a somewhat disappointing but unavoidable reality.... Read More

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